Notes: Cocoa, mild red fruit with a sweet smokey finish.
Location: Sierra Maestra Mountain Range
Process: Shade grown, Fully Washed
Altitude: 1100 - 1500 Masl
This coffee is produced in the traditional manner (natural process) in the shade of the forest of the Sierra Maestra Mountains and is produced in small batches. All Cuban Serrano is hand-picked and produced in the main by small holders.
Cuba’s coffee harvest is significantly smaller than it was prior to the 1956 revolution, at that time Cuba was producing approx. 20,000 tonnes per year. Today this production level has plummeted to approx. 8,000 tonnes.
In Cuba coffee is strictly rationed to 2 ounces per adult every 2 weeks, and coffee is served strong and sweet with the majority of Cubans enjoying their coffee being served as a ‘doppio con leche’. This would be a classic Café Cubano.
The coffee that we have comes from the 2,700 tonnes that are produced in this area between the 1st January and 31st March 2018.
An initial sip reveals the richness inherent in this coffee, whilst hiding behind that is a mild red fruit mouth feel which balances the flavour perfectly. Perfect as an espresso or flat white.
There are only a handful of roasters that are awarded allocation of this stock from the Sierra Maestra mountain range and we have managed to get hold of 5kg of it.