What Makes Havana One Of The Best Coffee Culture Destinations?

Posted on August 17, 2014 · Posted in Coffee Break

Coffee Cities:- Havana

Coffee is an inevitable aspect of the social fabric of Cuba. Havana has always been a popular destination for coffee lovers and many people even visit this part of the world just to taste the strong flavor of Cuban coffee. For Cubans, it is a social experience and they rarely miss an opportunity to taste coffee at any time of the day or night.

What Does History Say?

It was in mid-18th century that coffee production was introduced into Cuban society. By the end of 18th century, Cuba had become a major coffee exporter to Spain. Soon after, the French coffee farmers escaping Haitian revolution came to Cuba and they made the immigrant bean a viable crop in the mountain areas like Pinar del Rio and Serra Maestra. It was just the beginning.

The undisturbed soil and high humidity of this island played the most important role in developing the coffee industry. Since then, the popularity of Cuban coffee has crossed borders and today, Havana, the capital city of Cuba has become a favorite destination for ardent lovers of coffee from all around the world.

The Strong Coffee Culture Of Havana

Cuba’s capital city is undergoing an economic shift these days and there is a boom in international tourism. Locals have always been willing to share their culture with travelers and ex pats and Cuban coffee plays an important role in making these people extremely exuberant and enthusiastic.

You can enjoy ‘Café Cubano’, a full bodied espresso served with sugar in every nook and corner of this city, this drink accompanies nearly every meal as well. The brew is of potent strength and that is why these shots are usually served in tiny cups. Other popular drinks available include Coradito (espresso topped with varying amounts of streamed milk), Café con Leche (unique combination of coffee and hot milk) and Colada (ready-to-be shared Café Cubano). Many visitors are of the opinion that drinking coffee in Havana helps you join the rhythm of this city. Clearly beneficial to both parties!

Where Should You Visit On A Trip To Havana To Taste Typical Cuban Coffee?

It is a difficult question to answer because you have a wide range of options to choose from. This coffee city really van be a paradise for coffee lovers as you cannot think about Havana without thinking about coffee. If you want to immerse yourself in traditional city life, you can stop at Café Cubana or Café de las Infusiones in Havana’s Old Town. Another must-visit coffee shop is Café el Escorial where you can enjoy a harmonious blend of coffee and rum. A wonderful coffee shop.


Cubans are madly in love with the strong brew of their coffee. For travelers from all around the world, all paladares and most restaurants in Havana serve delicious, strong coffee helping to make coffee an inevitable component of the social fabric of Cuba.



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