Island Coffees is a small, family run business created in 2011 by Jonathan and Paula Surtees. Our coffee farm is located on the lands surrounding the famous Strawberry Hill Hotel, which have historically always been used for growing coffee. Unfortunately the majority of the coffee plants were destroyed during the devastating hurricane Gilbert in 1988. It has always been our dream to revive the coffee farm, 3000 ft above sea level, nestled within the stunning Jamaican Blue Mountains. It has taken longer than expected, but 24 years later, our dreams have finally been realized!
Island Coffees Ltd. is approved by the Coffee Industry Board (CIB) of Jamaica and awarded a Special Dealers License and Trademark Agreement for the selling of 100% Blue Mountain Coffee and any other Coffee grown in Jamaica. Since 2011, the company has grown and expanded, moving from supplying supermarkets and hotels islandwide to opening its own Coffee Bar in Island Village Plaza, Ocho Rios, on the north coast of Jamaica. Now, we are able to reach out to the global market, and share our dream with coffee-lovers all over the world!
Our flagship brand, ‘Strawberry Hill Coffee, is the first of many different roasts we will be able to produce. Strawberry Hill Coffee is a dark city roast favouring those who love a strong burst of flavours . In order to ensure the sustainability of the roast profile, and guarantee the taste and aroma that our customers have come to know and love, we supply only the roasted beans and ground. The beans are shiny with caffeol that ensures a smooth cup – not bitter, and with a lessened after-taste than a medium roast. Our packaging is deliberately designed not only to stand out, but also to appeal to a larger market of buyers who like to drink coffee socially.
We have now added the Devon House medium dark roast to our brands. Three profiles were presented to the Devon House Board and this light, smooth complex roast was selected. Almost floral and reminiscent of citrus we are very proud to have this at our Devon House Cafe.
Our Goal is to produce coffee that is guaranteed 100% Blue Mountain, grown above 3000 ft in Jamaica and to ultimately have the ability to create and process roasts that are individually tailored for our clients.