Coffee crisis

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It’s never a good idea to have expectations when you travel; we broke this cardinal rule when we sort of allowed ourselves to look forward to the coffee in S. America. So far we have had no luck finding decent, locally-grown arabica beans. Neither Brazil nor Guyana had any decent arabica for sale. Everywhere we went, soft bags of dried-out, burned-tasting, robusta coffee were the norm. Dreadful stuff.
Now we are in Grenada, and the chance of scoring decent arabica are even slimmer here. The supermarkets have precious little in the way of real coffee (Nescafé has invaded all these countries…you even get instant coffee at fancy restaurants!) and what few bags of ground coffee are available are robusta (robusta is a high-yield, low aroma, low-flavour, high-caffeine crop…most countries grow robusta, now, because Nestlé is their main buyer, and Nescafé is made only from robusta).

It’s really disappointing…the local stuff is overpriced, and gives us palpitations, and doesn’t smell or taste like anything but strong dust. In desperation, we bought a tin of Maxwell coffee (the label on the back says “100% coffee”; that’s like buying “100% wine”, the quality could be anything!) but it’s no better than the local stuff, and more expensive to boot.

Hoping and praying that Cuba has better coffee, though we won’t be in Cuba for a long while, yet. Oh, well, I guess it’s time to check out the teas in Grenada…

13 thoughts on “Coffee crisis

  1. YUP, I knew it! Our high mountain grown Arabica is probably being exported to
    coffee lovers who really know coffee, all over the world, especially, to Europe.
    I wonder if UCC’s Blue Mountain is actually from Bontoc or Mindanao? Our Seisha
    coffee shop uptown has Arabica beans for sale, and their coffee beats everything
    downtown, like Figaro and definitely better than Star-yucks that didn’t even make it
    to the top ten list!
    Let’s hope you will find the good stuff in Cuba. It’s an amazing country, where the
    loss of oil imports and the Yankee embargo forced them (happily) to do without imported processed junk and
    become a real back–yard gardening self–sufficient country! Here’s a great link:
    The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Crisis (video)

    They are better off without oil! And surpassed many countries in food stability and medical aid for all! A lesson for the US of
    Love, Dad

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  2. I would totally be willing to send coffee. LOL. I can’t imagine being patient or kind without it, let alone creative. (The first two are required to maintain my 6 year old, the last to maintain my sanity.) Good luck to you. And keep posting, I am loving my vicarious sail around on your boat. 🙂

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    1. What really makes us cranky is how much money we have spent, buying one bag of coffee, then another, and finding them all to be undrinkable! We’re still patient and friendly, but we’re half awake and very slow! 😀 Thanks for the kind sentiment, we’re leaving soon though, hoping the next country will have something…

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    1. IGOR! Спасибо! Kris thanks you for the insider information! We are looking forward to Cuba , more than ever, now. We’re leaving Grenada soon…a week? Venezuela-bound.


  3. Truly a scary future – a decent bean famine! How crabby & foggy brained you must feel! I wonder if grounds would survive the post & pass quarantine – I have a hare-brained idea of different readers sending teeny packs of coffee to each of your future ports …

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    1. LOL Hilarious! Crabby and foggy-brained is right, but we’ll be okay, we are experimenting with roasted and ground cacao nibs, a kind of “brewed chocolate” drink, bitter but tasty! And there’s a good bit of amphetamine in cacao, too, so it keeps us from falling into the sea whenever we stand on deck…


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