What up y'all. After my travels to Cuba I wanted to show you some of the coffee we encountered, customs we learned, and the beauty of Cuba. It was a quick trip so we didn't get to visit all of the coffee spots we wanted to but we did learn a lot.
We landed in the afternoon in Havana Cuba. Once we got into our Airbnb we ran to the roof to see the views...
The first thing we noticed in our living space was a caffettiera (Moka Pot). A caffetiera is a staple in Cuban households. I was glad our space was no exception.
The next day we ventured off to explore the city. Our first stop was Cafe Escorial.
Cafe Escorial is a government run coffee shop catered to tourists. The coffee was real strong. This coffee shop is pretty different from coffee shops you'll see in the US. The design is more European than American. The only locals in this shop were picking up coffee for near by hotel guests. An everyday Cuban citizen couldn't budget a coffee here due to their earnings around $20USD per month. As we learned "Old Havana" was not built for Cubans. It was built for us tourists.
Our next stop was Cafe O'Reilly. Another government run coffee shop catered to tourists.
Pro tip: Always ask for a menu. If you're in a tourist zone workers might take advantage of you and charge you a little more than the actual price.
One of the most informative things we did while in Havana was attend an Industriales de Cuba Professional baseball game. Tickets were pennies (for locals) to get in and seats were first come first serve. I have to admit it was a stark difference in environment for us being in a professional baseball stadium with no advertisements. The stadium was only 25% full of it's 50,000 capacity. Cuba being a Socialist government each team and stadium is owned by the government. No ads here.
As the game progressed I caught in the corner of my eye a guy pouring coffee. I was thrilled. Cuban coffee delivered to me while watching a baseball game. I ordered one right away.
The next day we had breakfast prepared at our Airbnb. The food and coffee were both delightful.
All in all the trip to Cuba was both a peak into a vast foreign coffee world I knew little about and a humbling experience. Cuba was hard to understand until locals broke down how things worked. A lot of the pleasures we take for granted in the US are luxuries in Cuba. I hope to visit again one day. I didn't get a chance to visit any ventanillas or locals coffee shops. Till next time Cuba...