Cuba produces mostly Arabica coffee beans. Traditional Cuban coffee is renowned for being twice as strong as any other coffee when offered in its dark roast variation. In the country, demerara sugar is added during brewing, resulting in a thick, sweet and potent espresso shot. The coffee culture is considered such a vital element of the country that the archaeological landscape of some of the first coffee plantations was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2000.
This being Cuba, coffee production has been marked by the political history of the country. A flourishing industry until the mid 1950s, 20,000 tons of coffee beans were exported each year. Under Fidel Castro, the production of coffee declined drastically, due to the dissolution of large farms and the lack of incentive for small farms to grow coffee beans for export. The industry has recovered since then and is even branching out in the production of organic coffee which has been very successful.
We offer this Cuban coffee as a medium strong roast, roasted by eye under the discerning gaze of our experienced roaster, and is perfect for cafetières, a mild latte, a mild cappuccino or a mild espresso, and is quite similar to Nicaraguan coffee.
Grown at altitudes of 1,200-2,000 meters above sea level
Harvested between July and February
Milled by washing and drying in the sun
Has the aroma of caramel, citrus and rich and intense tones
These beans are suitable for: medium latte and cappuccino, medium espresso, cafetières.
This coffee is also available in 250g valve bags.
Did you know our ordering system allows you to create your own blends? Order each component of the blend separately and than tell us what do do in the special information box. We can then blend it and if required grind it, saving you a potentially messy kitchen worktop
Blending tip: when deciding on a mixed roast blend it usually works better to have more of the milder roast, less of the stronger.
Blending tip: even the strongest roast can be mixed with a normal tasting blend – so long as you use very little. Start by trying one part in four.