We are sorry to announce the untimely passing of a core Rowan’s Royale team member early this morning. While we are heartened that his passing was of natural causes, and, by all accounts, peaceful, it still fills us all with sadness that he is no longer here with us.   Until we know that his family has been contacted we will be withholding more details. Thank you.Read More →

Emancipation Park, Kingston Jamaica

On this day in 1834 the British Empire officially abolished slavery in the colonies. While the Christmas Uprising of Jamaican slaves was the impetus for Parliament to abolish slavery, former slaves were not yet fully free, being indentured to their former masters’ service for a full four additional years after Emancipation. Further complicating the situation was domination of colony councils by strong, landowning, planter interests whose chief goal was to maintain low labour costs.  While legislators titularly recognized the rights of free Blacks, Browns and “Mulattos” to vote, reality saw government dominated by well-vested, White landed interests as they wereRead More →

CERES Organic Certificates

We just received our re-certification papers from CERES.  Rowan’s Royale is again certified to Canadian (COR), European Union (EU), Japanese (JAS), and United States (NOP) organic standards. This is the 16th year we have been certified as growing organic Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. As Dorienne writes: “Worth all the hard work.”Read More →