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Topic: substitute for Jamacian Blue Mountain (8 msgs / 235 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
I have a friend that asked me to get and roast 5 lbs. of JBM for him to =
give away for Christmas. I know Tom is sold out, so I went to CCM coffee =
mills and they offer Wallenford Estate, Toms report on the Marvis Banks, =
included the following from Toms review
(Personally, I will not consider offering any other Jamaican coffee, =
especially Wallenford. I have seen too many insect-damaged coffees from =
that source, and cabbage-like flavors in the cupping samples.)
I respect his opinion, and would like some input on a substitute that I =
could get, something close. Any opinions?
Thanks ahead of time, I appreciate your thoughts, and so as not to use =
up bandwidth, I will not respond to each reply, but will say thanks now. =
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
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2) From: John Abbott
Kona Blue Mountain!!  Kona Blue Sky Peaberry!!!  Isle Of St. Helena!!!!

3) From: Andrew J. Lynn
Why JBM in the first place?  There are other coffees out there...
Andy Lynn (timing how long it takes for somebody to say "Kona" or "ISH")
R.N.Kyle wrote:
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4) From: Ed Needham
I unquestionably respect Tom's expertise, but I just had some Wallenford that
was 'incredible'.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

5) From: Les & Becky
I ditto John Abbott's recommendations.  However, another coffee on Tom's
list that comes close to JBM would be the Panama Mama Cata.  There isn't
much on the list that comes close, not a good time of the year.  JBM is kind
of like Kona.  No matter which one you try, there is just that something
that says JBM!  In my opinion, The Panama coffees are better than JBM, and
the Kona has much more complexity and are almost as smooth.  To me what
makes JBM so special is the smoothness.  The Kona Mountain that I got from
you know who is very smooth!
P.S. who is paying the premium price for the JBM?
Just finished one of the CRs that Tom is out of that is much better than the
JBMs at about 1/3 the price.  I have about 4 pounds of JBM, but I really
don't want to part with it and you would still be a pound short!  Keep it in
mind however, and you may want to put out a plea to the group to see if
anyone would let loose of some.

6) From: jim gundlach
       The question is:   Close in what way? If you want something that 
is going to convert the advertising into a prestige gift, probably a 
Kona, is as close as you will get with decent flavor.  However, if you 
are trying to come close to the JBM -Mavis Bank drinking experience, 
the Mexican Oaxaca Pluma - Finca El Olivo, comes close to matching the 
profile and taste experience for a lot less money.
Jim Gundlach
On Friday, December 6, 2002, at 10:37 PM, John Abbott wrote:
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7) From: DJ Garcia
I interpret Tom's comment to mean not that you cannot get excellent
Wallenford, but that as a supplier they are inconsistent and unreliable.
Happy Holidays,
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8) From: David Lewis
At 11:31 AM -0500 12/6/02, R.N.Kyle wrote:
Opinions, here? Tom, in his archived review of the Yauco Selecto, 
says that he'll have more "near Christmas." Depending on what that 
means, YS would be my clear choice. I personally think it's what JBM 
would be if it lived up to the hype. Buttery both in mouthfeel and 
base taste, it has a lot of spice and complexity, while still being 
balanced. Makes a great single-origin espresso too!
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