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 were the only persons authorized byRead 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 →

Correlation <> causation, but it’s something to think about! A new study adds to growing evidence that drinking coffee may help you live longer. Research in JAMA Internal Medicine shows people who drank one cup of coffee a day had an 8% lower risk of dying early. Those who drank six to seven cups a day saw a 16% decrease: pic.twitter.com/lvE8SBPBqe — CBS News (@CBSNews) July 3, 2018Read More →