Howell Trading- Our Story

There’s a story attached to your next perfect brew. Our family has been growing coffee in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica for over 150 years. Our Patriarch, The Honorable James Dennis, was renowned for his skill and knowledge of the art of cultivating coffee. So renowned that the famed magazine, National Geographic, traveled to the Blue Mountain in 1979 to meet and speak to James Dennis regarding his talents in producing, cultivating and roasting such beautiful coffee.

Howell Trading was set up in 2010 by the Howell family after it was decided to launch a new coffee roasting business. The focus was squarely on seeing that the local farmers could profit from their crop while providing flavor in the cup of the average coffee drinker, sourced in a sustainable way. The goal is to provide specialty grade coffee available and approachable to every day coffee drinkers. With our family being at the forefront of the coffee industry in Jamaica for more than 150 years, Our knowledge and reputation as  Master Roasters is unsurpassed. As well as this, our family has trained many of the farmers who are forging their futures in the coffee industry both in Jamaica and internationally.

Today, James Dennis descendants join with fellow coffee farmers from all corners of the Earth. Trading, purchasing and exporting coffee from Our farms to your cup.


History of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee


It’s probably fair to say that Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is the most revered and exclusive coffee on Earth. The story of Blue Mountain Coffee begins in the early 18th century. Coffee once it arrived, flourished in Jamaica, especially in the cool, misty climate of the Blue Mountains that rise up behind Kingston. Though production is much reduced from the 20 million pounds of coffee produced in Jamaica in the early 19th century, it remains the finest coffee in the world. The story of how coffee arrived in Jamaica is somewhat mundane, so we start our story a little earlier, with the arrival of coffee to the Caribbean.