Cuban Resort Coffee

We had various coffee-based drinks at the Sirenis la Salina resort in Varadero, Cuba, during our Xmas vacation, and they were all good. We ordered from the 24-hour cafĂ© four or five times a day and sampled every drink available. One of my favourites was an alcoholic coffee not on the menu simply called Spanish Coffee, essentially coffee with rum. Cuban rum is so sweet, though, it’s not at all a bitter drink. It’s pleasant.

We bought two bags of coffee from the small shop on the resort, a bag of beans and a bag of ground coffee. The beans were disappointing when we tried them at home. The flavour was nothing special and the coffee always seemed weak no matter how we brewed it.

We didn’t have high expectation for the ground coffee (we normally only buy beans), so we left it on the shelf as a backup coffee. When we finally got around to sampling it, though, it was delicious. A deep rich flavour, but not burnt like many dark roasted coffees. The best coffee we’ve ever tasted is a locally-made blend called East Coast Roast, but this cheap ground coffee from Cuba is easily the second best. I couldn’t find a website for it, but it’s called La Indiana. If you happen to visit the Sirenis la Salina resort, this is the one to bring home with you.

More posts about our trip to Cuba are filed under Varadero.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John’s, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

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