What is the closest thing you’ve ever had to Cuban coffee?

What is the closest thing you’ve ever had to Cuban coffee?

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  1. Puerto Rican coffee both in terms of the quality and characteristics of the agricultural crop itself and in the way it’s prepared. Dominican coffee too. Ditto for Colombian coffee, Mexican coffee, Brazilian coffee and Central American coffee. All those places have very strong coffee DRINKING and coffee GROWING traditions and prepare coffee in ways that are indistinguishable from “Cuban” coffee as to strength, style and flavor.
    List of countries by coffee production – Wikipedia
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    Coffee production in Puerto Rico – Wikipedia

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    Cuba also grows some very good coffee but the vagaries of communist rule have caused both production and quality to become very uneven since 1959 and most of Cuba’s production is exported to Asian markets including China and Japan. No Cuban coffee is sold in the US or even in Latin America or Europe as far as I know which is a real shame.
    In terms of preparation (not growing), Italian-style coffee qualifies as well in comparison with “Cuban” coffee and in Spain, Portugal and France it’s prepared so it’s just as strong as Italian coffee. Why don’t Italy, Spain, France and Portugal grow their own coffee if they like it and drink it so much? Well because coffee is a warm weather crop that only grows in tropical regions so it can’t be grown in Europe and North America (Hawaii grows some excellent coffee too).
    I’m not usually given to bragging but it’s a matter of historical record that Puerto Rican coffee was so highly prized in the 19th century that it was worth its weight in gold and was the ONLY coffee considered good enough to be served to the Pope and special batches were prepared and shipped to the Vatican on a routine basis specifically for that purpose. It remains some of the best coffee in the world but unfortunately the damage done by pests, hurricanes and 20th century industrialization have caused coffee acreage and yields in Puerto Rico to become a shadow of their former selves and the industry has struggled to survive for decades although it remains a very high quality coffee.
    Puerto Rican Coffee: The Best Brew You’ve Never Had
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    Puerto Rico Coffee History – A Cup Of Puerto Rico
    Exhibit reviews history of coffee in Puerto Rico
    Puerto Rico’s little secret: coffee / Some of the world’s best beans never get off the island
    How To Make A Great Espresso
    In terms of European-style coffees:
    A Guide to Italian Coffee Culture
    Learn How to Make Authentic Italian Coffee (Espresso)
    How to Make Coffee at Home―Spanish Style — Sincerely, Spain
    Ordering Coffee in Spain: How To Get Your Caffeine Fix in Madrid and Beyond
    Why is coffee in Portugal so good? | Anita’s Feast
    Portuguese Coffee: Your Guide To Ordering Coffee Like A Local
    Ordering Coffee in France. The A – Z of Ordering Coffee in France.
    French Coffee Is The Boozy Hit Your Dinner Party Coffee NEEDS

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    Here are some recent views of coffee farms in Puerto Rico:

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    And here are some closer views of the crop itself:

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    Coffee is a type of berry that grows on a bush that sometimes grows tall enough to resemble a small tree and the best quality coffee grows at higher elevations (between 2,000 and 4,000 feet). The best quality coffee must be picked by hand because the berries ripen at widely varying rates, even berries on the same bunch will ripen at markedly different rates (pics above). Some varieties of coffee grow at lower altitudes and have been adapted to mechanized farming but because Puerto Rico is fairly small (100 miles by 35) and largely mountainous (except for the cities and tourist resorts which lie on the coastal areas) those varieties aren’t grown locally and all Puerto Rican coffee is hand-picked:

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    What is the closest thing you've ever had to Cuban coffee?

    Truth be told “Cuban” coffee is considered the “strongest” mostly by the non-Hispanic US community because “Cuban” coffee is what they were exposed to first due to the cultural impact of the Cuban exile community especially in South Florida but actually there’s nothing particularly strong or particularly special about Cuban coffee that doesn’t apply EQUALLY to Mexican, Central American, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Colombian or Brazilian coffee in terms of both the crop itself AND its preparation or that doesn’t apply to Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese coffee in terms of preparation.

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  2. Is it rare then?
    Cuban coffee is grown in three regions – the Sierra Maestra mountains in the east, Pinar del Rio in the west, and Escambray in the central part of the island. The majority of coffee grown for export comes from Sierra Maestra and that used for domestic consumption is mainly from the Escambray mountains

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  3. Cuban coffee. As a missionary in Cuba. The coffee was delicious. I don’t like sweet coffee, but in Cuba they perfected it. I have not found anything like it, but I look forward to reading other responses as I would love to find it.

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  4. The closest thing? That would be Cuban coffee. I have actually had, and enjoyed, a cup of Cuban coffee. If you have not and are looking for recommendations, I wholeheartedly recommend you try it.

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  5. Authentic and perfectly sweet Cuban coffee (or café cubano or cafecito) made with strong espresso and a thick sugar foam. Cuban coffee aka cafecito is my favorite beverage of all time!

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  6. That would be coffee that I had when I visited Cuba. In the morning I drank cafe con leche, which is the equivalent of cafe au lait: half coffee, half hot milk. In the evening I had a cafecito, a tiny cup of strong coffee with sugar. I highly recommend Cuban coffee! (I had two trips to Cubs, both legal.)

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  7. Coffee in Tennessee? That’s probably the closest I’ve been to Cuba geographically. I have no idea what Cuban coffee is and how it differs from coffee elsewhere. I’m not that much of a coffee aficionado, so I don’t think much about the drink. I like the standard drip filter coffee that you get in American diners, black with artificial sweetener. Otherwise, I just have instant. Really, my tongue prefers tea but my stomach prefers coffee, so I’ll settle for hot chocolate if I can afford the calorie count!

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  8. What is the closest thing you’ve ever had to Cuban coffee?
    Most likely the fresh-brewed Maxwell House coffee, stiffened with a scoop of Taster’s Choice, some 2% milk and some stevia that I have three or four cups of every morning.
    Granted, that might not even come close to whatever a cuban coffee is, but it is the only way I drink coffee unless I am adding Bushmills Black and Bailey’s to it in lieu of the milk and stevia.

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  9. Does Cuban coffee count? Or are you asking about a non-Cuban coffee that’s the closest thing. I’m not that fussy about Cuban coffee, it’s like Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Mild-tasting but too much caffeine!

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  10. Fraid I don’t Iike strong coffee I’ve never tasted it,as far as I know there aren’t any Cuban coffee chains In the U K where I live.The strongest Coffee I’ve had here is Cafe Nero and Marks and Spencer’s which can be bitter.I don’t patronise M&S much, I find the place is full of old age pensioners all moaning and growning about their illnesses.Much prefer to go to McDonald’s even though I’m a pensioner myself.

    Victor Allen’s

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