Editor’s note: On a daily basis from June 1 thru June 30, 2015 Pillar to Post online magazine is featuring articles, photos and insights resulting from a recent group tour, an adventure we dubbed: the April 23 Brigade’s Tour of Cuba 2015.
GOOD MORNING, HAVANA
Cubans are no different than the rest of the world when it comes to having a cup of coffee in the morning while reading the newspaper.
As for coffee, there’s a bit more variety.
Cubita is a strong brew, usually found in the ubiquitous café con leche (espresso with a dash of steamed milk and a bit of a froth). Cubita is100% arabica coffee beans are grown in the Sierra Maestra and Sierra del Escambray mountains in Cuba.
Another brand I’ve tasted is Café Regil by Empressa CubaCafe. I brought home 250 grams that I purchased at the cigar store at Castillo del Morro fortress across the harbor from Old Havana. I compare it favorably with Café Bustelo, which is U.S. made. Café Regil was readily available in shops throughout Havana.
I prefer making my Cuban coffee drip style with a #2 filter, hot water and two scoops of Café Bustelo that is easily found in California.
For you coffee purists may I suggest the following tutorials:
On YouTube Martica Gonzalez will tutor you on how to make Cuban coffee at home:
Gringo’s guide on how to make café con leche. Florida tutor gets the job done and he uses my favorite coffee brand (Café Bustelo--made in Miami).