Third Wave coffee roaster in the Caribbean
- Barbados was one of the first British colonies in 1625, where mainly sugar cane, tobacco and cotton were cultivated.
- After the British colony of Suriname was handed over to the Dutch in 1667, many Jews moved to Barbados to retain their British citizenship.
- Many Jewish settlers cultivated sugar and coffee at that time.
- Today, however, coffee is no longer cultivated on the island.
- Even though Barbados tends to drink tea, coffee is becoming increasingly popular and is therefore imported.
- And even the Third Wave arrived in Barbados.
- The West India Coffee Company was founded in 1998. By 2005, they opened 4 cafes.
- As leading specialty coffee roasters with coffees from around the world, they not only supply coffee to the local hotels, restaurants and Barbados coffee shops, but also train the Baristi.
- In 2001, Dominic and Mandy Wyndham-Gittens opened a small café.
- In 2012, on a trip to Portland, they came into contact with the third coffee wave and, since 2014, have been roasting specialty coffee themselves – Wyndhams Bajan Crafted Coffee.
Barbados Coffee: Preparation
As I said, there is not really a coffee drinking culture in Barbados. For that I have found a great coffee cocktail recipe for you.
- 180 ml of hot coffee
- 30 ml Coconut Spiced Rum Cream
- 30 ml Banana Rum
- whipped cream
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My ancestor Waterman went to Barbados and had a coffee plantation, according to family lore. Does anyone have information about his coffee plantation in Barbados? I would greatly appreciate any information. Thank you, Joan Canby
Hi Joan, thanks for writing. I checked it, but as cultivation of coffee was stopped ages ago and information about coffee on Barbados is quite rare, I could not find any farm going back on your ancestor Waterman. However I found a younger man called Charles Duncan Waterman who was born in Barbados and immigrated to Canada in 1982. Maybe it is worth it to contact him. Good luck with it.
I have been doing coffee research for a book on the arrival of coffee to the Caribbean, Barbados and Martinique. In a book published in 1727 it appears that a Captain Young took a coffee plant from Suriname to Barbados in 1720. That’s the same year that Gabriel Matthew DeClieux takes a Java coffee plant to Martinique. I find it very interesting that in your article you mention that Jewish settlers were cultivating coffee in Barbados after 1667. This would be a very interesting discovery since coffee was supposed to have arrived in Martinique in 1720 or 1723, claiming to be the first in the West Indies. I would like to include in my book some coffee history of Barbados. If you have any old photos or documents I would like to include them in the book. Hoping to receive any information you may provide.
Sincerely, John Sotomayor
thanks for your comment and explanation. The only source I found online described that in 1667, many Jews moved to Barbados and engaged in coffee cultivation. The exact year, when the first plants arrived in Barbados I could not find, unfortunately. The source for 1667 is linked in my article.
In the book “La Aventura del Cafe” from Felipe Ferré I can also only find the information French captain Gabriel-Mathieu de Clieu brought the first coffee plants to America, to Martinique in 1723…As Barbados is not mentioned too often in any source I know I assume coffee arrived here later.
If you find a concrete year, when coffee plant arrived on Barbados, please share with me.
Thanks a lot!