Jamaican coffee is a great, cold, treat in hot summer months that can transport you right to the Caribbean with a sip.
Jamaican coffee is well known for being high quality and pricey coffee and due to its limited growth region, it can be difficult to get the right kind, but we’ll walk you through it all on this post, including some great bean alternatives if you don’t manage to get your hands on the authentic ones!
How to make Jamaican coffee
The base ingredients of Jamaican coffee are 1 part rum, 1 part coffee liqueur, 1 part black coffee, and 3 parts cold water. Pour them into a champagne flute or Irish coffee glass, then top with whipped cream and garnish with very fine coffee grounds or a chocolate-covered espresso bean.
What liquor to get?
When choosing the liquor, most people prefer a dark rum to go into this drink. While lighter rums are generally more popular, dark rum has a strong, sweet, flavor, reminiscent of vanilla and molasses.
Kahlua is a well-known option as it’s easy to find. For proper Jamaican coffee, Tia Maria is a superior choice, though. Tia Maria is actually made from Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, which gives it the same flavor profile as the coffee base in the beverage.
What type of beans do I need?
Jamaican Blue Mountain is always the go-to for an authentic cup of Jamaican coffee. It’s pretty expensive, but don’t worry – there are some budget-friendly alternatives out there!
How to find a good alternative
Coffee connoisseurs describe this coffee as sweet with a chocolate and creamy flavor. It is a light roast, making it more caffeinated than its darker roast counterparts. The key to finding a good alternative is to check their flavor profiles for a light roast, with sweet vanilla or floral undertones.
In our opinion, the best alternative is Papua New Guinea Coffee. It has a very rich aroma and hints of chocolate, too!
Regardless of how close your stick to the traditional recipe, Jamaican coffee is a delicious drink with a hint of rum and enough wake me up to keep everyone going throughout the hot summer days. Make some for one, or make a pitcher for a patio or garden party, and keep the fun going all night!