Known for fantastic 🏖beaches, 💃Salsa, 🚬 Cigars, 🍹Rum and not least for the recently deceased Fidel Castro, Cuba also has to offer damn good coffee.
- Cuba is home to more than 4,000 islands – the main island covers a length of 1,250 km.
- The plant was imported from the Dominican Republic.
- In 1748 the first coffee plantations were created in the south of Cuba .
- On the fertile plateaus, besides tabacco and sugar cane, coffee is cultivated.
- They are grown to 85% Arabica and 15% Robusta.
- The unique taste of the Cuban coffee is due to median hillsides and the very humus and nutrient-rich soils.
- The beans mature slowly, giving a natural, aromatic sweetness.
- Furthermore, the coffee has a full body and a slightly smoky aroma.
- The Cuban Turquino has the highest quality class and is considered an insider tip and reminiscent of Cuban cigars.
- The area Sierra Maestra is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The traditional handwork guarantees that the beans are constantly controlled and carefully treated. Thus, the use of fertilizers is completely dispensed with
- Only the organic or fair trade seals are missing so far.
- 3/4 of the cultivated coffee the Cubans consume themselves – how? You can see here
☕ Traditional Preparation
Coffee is, according to Cuban style, a welcome greeting and expression of hospitality. It is served, among other things, for a good meal or before of a Habano.
The coffee is drunk, hot, sip by sip from tacitas (small cups) of burnt clay, glass or even the shells of the tree pumpkin. This is dried out in the middle of its growth, in order to preserve small vessels that shall “refine the taste”.
- Espresso, for which dark roasted beans are used – Italian or Spanish roast.
- During the brewing, the coffee powder is mixed with sugar. This makes the espresso more viscous.
- 3-6 shot Cafecito, drunk in breaks from small plastic mokkokins.
- 1 part milk and sugar (percentage varies)
- 1 part of Cafecito
- Cafe Cubano, with steamed milk – prepared similar to cappuccino
- Dairy coffee, traditionally drunk for breakfast with buttered cuban toast bread.
- Either with hot milk or a mixture of milk and condensed milk.
- Filter coffee, which is served in metal cups. The proper preparation you see in this video.
If you prepfer Cuban Hip Hop, you can drink your Caficito to the music of Orishas as well.