There are many famous breweries and brewing companies that have made history in the brewing industry. One of the oldest coffee-brewing businesses in the world is found in Jamaica. Even though Jamaican coffee has evolved over the years, the roots remain the same. Jamaican coffee is one of the most renowned in the world today. Let’s discuss the history of brewing coffee.
The Coastal Slopes Of Jamaica
Jamaica coffee is grown on the beautiful coastal slopes of Jamaica. The climate is much like that of Central America. For over 400 years, this coffee-growing country has been growing coffee beans for their hot beverages.
Coffee Popularity And Coffee Bean Demand
It is a fact that since coffee has become so popular, the demand for coffee beans has also increased. When the coffee beans were first brought from the original coffee plant in Central America, it was not too popular because the natives of Jamaica only drank tea. Tea, it is sead, is a drink that was brewed by just one person.
In the late 19th century, a plantation worker named Harry Roosevelt purchased a tiny plot of land in Jamaica to grow coffee. He named it “Roose” after himself. The next plantations in Jamaica soon sprouted and started planting coffee beans.
Brewing Coffee Is Also For Cooking
In Jamaica, brewing coffee is not just for drinking, but also for cooking. Because there are no electrical appliances and everything is done by hand, coffee beans need to be fresh before they can be roasted. Beans are roasted by using wood, wood ashes, or sugar. You can smell a roast coming from coffee beans if they are kept out in the open air and left for days.
Coffee Bean Darkness And Roasting
Coffee beans will eventually start to roast and become darker in color as they go through the roasting process. The warmth from the sun will slowly melt the sugars, giving coffee its rich, dark flavor.
Coffee In Jamaica Is Enjoyed When Fresh
Coffee in Jamaica is only to be enjoyed when it is freshly ground and freshly brewed. Even though they do make espresso coffee with water, Jamaicans do not call coffee that way in their language. They call it Yaba. This term can be translated into Espresso.
Roasting Of Coffee Beans
When coffee beans are roasted, the flavor comes to the surface in an aromatic, delicious flavor. What happens after the beans are roasted? Th process includes coffee beans filtered, washed, dried, and then these are ready to be brewed. The method of filtering and washing the coffee beans, sometimes up to six times per pound, also contributes to the taste of coffee.
Brew Coffee Beans In Large Kettles
Some believe that coffee beans get their full flavor by brewing the beans in a large kettle over an open fire. Although this is a popular method in Jamaican hinterlands, this is believed to be the stuff of local legends. The truth is that in the olden days, people would buy coffee beans in small amounts from family and friends so they could make sure they had the right amount of beans to drink.
Jamaica’s Tropical Climate: Perfect For Coffee
Jamaica’s tropical climate is perfect for coffee and the much of the history of brewing coffee flourished here. During the late 1800’s, coffeehouses began springing all over Jamaica. These coffee houses allowed coffee drinkers to sit in one place for hours, sipping on their brew.
Coffee Houses Are Best To Meet And Chat
Coffee houses also provided a place for people to meet and chat. Each person would share their story or stories from their travels. They would also discuss important political events that had happened throughout the region. Today, many people still gather at these coffee houses to talk about the past and what is happening in the world today.
Today, Jamaica continues to grow coffee and continues to be known for its coffee. The history of brewing coffee continues to evolve through generations. Today, the coffee bean growing and processing industries are more than just about a favorite drink. The coffee been remains a valued commodity in Jamaica.