Hacienda Masini, 150 years of coffee history

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

In the search for the most remote coffee plantations in Puerto Rico, we have stumbled upon a large house built in Yauco in 1872, just at the time of the great settlement of part of Corsos. It is a great trip to the coffee history of our country. This house is 150 years old and is the witness of a history full of coffee in the Rubias neighborhood of Yauco. This neighborhood, without a doubt, produces some of the best coffee in Puerto Rico. Its altitude of about 3,000 feet above sea level, its microclimates and its soils achieve distinctive...

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A coffee summer in Guatemala

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They can take away everything in life but your wisdom. I remember hearing this on countless occasions from my dear father. Although I didn't pay attention to it at the time, that catch phrase always stayed with me and, as time goes by, it makes more sense. Unintentionally or not, in every new project at Cuela we always try to take shelter in the element of education. We don't just want to sell you a product, that's not our purpose. Our desire has always been to present you with the best coffee proposals that Puerto Rico has, but highlighting its...

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Processes: Natural vs. Washing

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

What is a Natural vs. a Washed drying process? Over the past few days I've been telling you a lot about the natural fermentation process. Processes are the stage that comes after the coffee is picked. Here the coffee grower decides how he wants or what he wants to highlight in that cup of coffee.Although today there are several very advanced processes such as Honeys, Anaerobic and Aerobic Fermentations, Nitrolactic Maceration, etc., the most recognized and longest practiced worldwide, are the natural and washed processes. Natural Process in rice and beans The Natural process is when the coffee cherry is...

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Did you know about the famous Iced Coffee?

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

Today I want to talk about a drink that is not the darling of the Puerto Rican, but worldwide, is having a boom, and even more, in times of heat. It's a drink that when you get a taste for it, your mouth will water on a hot morning or afternoon. Today I'm going to talk about the famous "Iced Coffee" and the different basic ways in which you can prepare it. The "Iced coffee" is nothing more than an extraction of black coffee served with ice. It should be noted that in this world of coffee, experimentation and creativity...

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Café Hacienda Prosperidad - A treasure among the Boricua Mountains

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

The pride of a coffee farmer and his coffee is definitely one of the things we have most enjoyed witnessing while working at Cuela. Every time we find a new coffee and taste it to check its quality, it lets us know that there is a Puerto Rican coffee industry for a while. And we have to feel proud that such a small piece of land that has gone through so many crises, pandemics and atmospheric phenomena, continues to grow, process and roast quality coffee. This is the case of Café Hacienda Prosperidad, whose name comes from the purpose of...

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The Mastermind Behind Café Don Pello and the Puerto Rican Museum of Coffee

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

By: Gretchen Gonzalez Wheelings April 24, 2021 Drinking a cup of coffee a day is part of Puerto Rican culture, whether it's the morning cup or the 3 p.m. cup, it's an essential part of the daily routine. When we asked Pedro "Pichy" Maldonado Ramírez what his favorite cup of coffee was, he replied that it varies depending on the day. He usually likes to have a double shot with a little bit of cold milk, however, he emphasizes that a freshly brewed coffee always tastes good. According to Pedro, "the best coffee is the one you like yourself. Maldonado...

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