As we make our way past the Caribous and Starbucks of the world, we start to gain a deeper appreciation for different coffees.
Unfortunately, most Americans have never tasted Cuban coffee due to the trade embargo with the United States. But those who have will tell you that coffee from Cuba always hits the spot. While there is a good deal of variety within the coffee roasted in Cuba, there’s a general method that’s used without.
That means similar beans, roasting methods, and more. We’re going to go into some specifics about Cuban coffee and why it’s so good to drink.
Why is Cuban Coffee So Good?
People have been growing coffee in Cuba for a couple of hundred years, and its eastern region in the Sierra Maestra mountains is home to soil that gives rise to some of the world’s best Arabica beans.
Arabica vs Robusta Beans
There are two primary kinds of coffee beans that are used around the world. While there is variation within each category as well as kinds of bean that don’t fall into either category, the majority of beans that you find on the market will be arabica or robusta.
Arabica beans are usually softer and sweeter, typically having fruity and light notes. Robusta, on the other hand, is typically a lot darker and stronger, with more grainy and nutty notes.
Arabica beans are the preference for many people because there’s such a wide variety of light flavors available.
Probably the largest contributing factor to the quality of coffee found in Cuba is the fact that it’s grown in a favorable climate with great soil. The soil is brown and red, containing humus. The humus helps coffee to grow and mature without using any sort of fertilizers.
This allows the coffee to grow naturally and develop its inherent flavors. Additionally, this makes it very easy for Cuban coffee to qualify as organic. Many companies and buyers in the United States will not consider coffees that are not organic and grown with fertilizers.
Because of the location, though, there are some difficulties with the process of growing coffee. There’s scarcity in the market because of a few factors. First, there’s an excessive amount of rainfall in this region which makes it difficult for farmers to traverse the landscape.
It’s even more difficult to navigate because the rainfall leads to erosion of roads and pathways used to reach crucial points and transport the coffee once it has been picked.
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