Originally Posted by rhythmdevils
interesting thing about the Jamaican coffees- you can't get them in jamaica! I tried getting the famous green (or is it blue?) mountain coffee when I was there, and only thing I could find was a friend who brought me some raw green beans. Not to useful when you're camping in the jungle!
I've found this to be true in other places that grow good coffee too. In Ecuador, all you can get is Folgers. My memory is a little hazy about Guatemala cause I was sick most of my time there, but I don't remember seeing any good coffee.
You raise an interesting point...I'm guessing most of it is exported because the industry can make a lot more profit that way...the locals are probably priced out of their own product.
I have a friend who goes to Mexico a lot, and found a small roaster in some village inland from Veracruz...I guess the guy will prepare a sample (espresso shot) of any coffee that you might considering buying, and having tried some back here in the States, I'll say that it's damn good!
Anyway, point being that there are probably trade-related reasons why it's hard to find in the producing countries, but if you know where to look, it's probably there somewhere.