While you’re holding that cup of coffee, close your eyes. Open your mouth slightly. Breathe in deeply through your nose.
The result is what many regard as the best coffee in the world and the “Champagne of Coffees.” Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee plants are cultivated. Highlighting its scarcity and exclusivity is the fact that Jamaica Blue Mountain is virtually the only coffee in the world to be packed in iconic wooden barrels, instead of bags.
For many years Jamaica has produced coffee in the Blue Mountains earning the reputation as being the finest and one of the rarest coffees in the world. At 3000ft above sea level, with a high rainfall, long ripening season and the complexity of processing the beans, ensures that only a hardened core of farmers grow coffee. Our farm is situated at 3,000ft (1,000m) which is the altitude boundary of the Blue Mountain coffee growing range. Generally the slopes are approximately 30 degrees and the soils are mainly shaley conglomerates. The varieties of coffee we grow is mainly Geisha, Caturra and numbered varieties with some typica, all from caffea arabica.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, the 6’4” former center is the first Jamaican player to be signed to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
As a high school senior, Simone Edwards was offered a full scholarship to an American college – but only if she learned to play basketball. Frequently referred to as the “Jamaican Hurricane,” Simone was signed to the WNBA New York Liberty during the 1997 inaugural season, and also gained international prominence as a basketball star in Italy, Hungary, Israel, and Spain leading teams to championships including the Israeli Cup and the Spanish Copa de la Reina. In 2000, she signed with the Seattle Storm’s inaugural team, and founded Simone4Children Foundation to uplift and educate children in Jamaica, ultimately becoming a WNBA champion in 2004. After a six-year career with the Seattle Storm, Simone retired after a six-year career in 2006.
Simone was then selected to represent her home country as team captain on the Jamaica Basketball Women’s National Team, winning the country’s first-ever gold medal at the 2006 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship; and in 2014, she returned to the team as head coach, winning yet another gold medal at the championship.
Simone is a motivational speaker and the author of UNSTOPPABLE, a memoir of adversity, perseverance and triumph. In 2015, she starred in the award-winning documentary feature film Coming Back to the Hoop, coaching senior women to the Senior National Basketball Championship.
In 2017, the Jamaican government bestowed her with the Order of Distinction award for her outstanding contribution to Jamaica's Women National Basketball. Since 2017, Simone has been the National Spokeswoman for Caribbean American Heritage Month. She also leads Jamaica National Youth Basketball.
In 2021, Simone was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. While battling cancer, the WNBA Champion decided to brew for a cure with partial profits to support finding a cure for ovarian cancer, while also proudly supporting small coffee farmers in Jamaica and the Simone4Children Learning Center in Kingston.