Many companies who tout their coffee on television talk about how their coffee is mountain grown. This has probably left you wondering, “Is mountain grown coffee really that much better?” The short answer is yes, mountain grown coffee has a much better flavor than coffee grown elsewhere.
There are many factors to delicious coffee and one of the more important factors is the climate in which the coffee is grown. Coffee that is grown naturally generally has a better flavor than coffee beans that were grown in full sun with the aid of fertilizers. Partial sun is also a great environment for the coffee to grow at the best rate. Beans from coffee trees grown in full sun tend to not have as desirable flavor as those from trees grown in the shade. The higher elevations of the mountains keep the coffee plants at around 70 degrees which is a prime growing environment for coffee.
Probably the most desired coffee is Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. At a price of $26-$40 per pound, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee isn’t just expensive, it comes with a beautiful, well balanced flavor with medium acidity and perfect body. The unique soil and perfect climate conditions in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica are unrivaled throughout the world. The geology and topology of this area provides the ideal location for coffee growth, but the area is fairly small which lends to higher prices in coffee.
Coffee trees not only grow best at high altitudes, but the beans they produce are much higher quality than beans from a coffee tree growing in other conditions. Since many coffee trees grow best in shade, plants that grow in shade produce better flavored beans than those in full sun.
Coffee trees also grow best with moderate winds. Areas that meet the needs of coffee trees are usually tropical and sub-tropical environments as these areas also experience heavy rain which is also necessary for the growth of perfect coffee beans.