Blue Mountain is doubly expensive. First because it is expensive, second because something like 90% of it is actually counterfeit
Years ago the folks at Zabars(?) were talking about this in an interview when they were the exclusive import
agents in NYC
. They said something like 5000# of JBM coffee were grown and exported during a whole year, but something like 50,000# of it were imported and sold in the eastern US in the same year.
Pretty good trick, huh?
As with any other drug, if you're not getting it right from the source, you've got to know your dealer. 90% of it, counterfeit. Might taste very good--but still not what you're paying for.
That's one reason I stick with the old A&P (now "Eight o'clock" brand) coffees in the US. Good beans, reasonable price
. I buy other brands too, but that's the staple.