“What took you so long?” is the common greeting when asked if this is your first time in Jamaica. A warm, friendly culture that makes you feel immediately welcomed when you first arrive. If you’re a coffee aficionado its almost universally agreed that the beans from the Jamaica Blue Mountain region are the best in the land. The “Blue Mountain” coffee is a designation for beans grown in the highest elevation – the Blue mountains of Jamaica. The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica regulates this designation to ensure only the beans in specific regions and packaging practices meeting their requirements may be called Blue Mountain. The coffee is known for its mild taste and low bitterness it’s one of the most sought often coffee’s in the word. It’s also one of the most expensive you can buy; I wish I knew this before my trip as I would have brought back a crate full!
My first cup in Jamaica I was taken aback by its complex notes of chocolate and ashiness. It was full-bodied, coated the tongue well with very little after taste. I’m hoping the “Talkin’ Blues” K-Cup from the Marley Coffee Company exhibits some of the same flavours to justify if premium price.
Blue Mountain coffee is a premium coffee, little did I realize this in Jamaica and was stunned at the price for a K-Cup coffee version. It commands a $10-12 premium for a box of 24 – that’s almost $1.50 for a cup of coffee which means it comes very close to the price of your favorite local coffee/donut joint! I’m used to home brewed coffee being cheaper and I usually brew it to save money.
There is a noticeable roasted coffee scent when brewing a K-Cup of Talkin’ Blues coffee. It’s definitely more pronounced than the others I’ve tried, but you still need to get fairly close to the brewer to detect it.
This K-cup coffee definitely is one of the best in terms of body. It coats the tongue well and can almost be described as luscious. You’ll definitely notice that the flavours travel from the front to the rear of your mouth which is a very nice change. I find most K-Cups focus flavours in one particular spot on your tongue which results in simple tasting coffee that is very one note.
Talking’ Blues is an ashy tasting coffee (which is not a bad thing), and has a little acidic snap at the back of the mouth. Due to it’s body, the flavours of the coffee linger in your mouth after drinking, but it finishes well with very little bitterness. The drink starts off subtly and grows stronger as it reaches the rear of the mouth. It is reminiscent of the cups I’ve had in Jamaica, however I found the flavours were more complex and pronounced when the beans were freshly ground and brewed.
Verdict for Talkin’ Blues K-Cup Coffee
For a medium roast coffee, Talkin’ Blues is a very nice tasting coffee that I would recommend using on those lazy Sunday mornings while taking the time to reading the news. It would also be a nice choice as an after dinner beverage; you’re considering pairing it up with a dessert, stay away from anything too rich as it’ll over power the subtle flavours of this coffee.
Is the coffee worth the premium price? I’d say yes, but due to its costs I wouldn’t want to drink it everyday as you’re spending the same amount as going to McDonald’s or your local donut shop. If you’re trying to save money on your morning coffee this isn’t the K-Cup for you, but if you’re looking for something superior for the same price this is one to consider.