Café La Casona, a coffee product of family inspiration

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La Casona Premium Coffee, a coffee produced with a lot of family inspiration directly from Las Marías, Puerto Rico. Coffee farmer Artemio Valentín has been cultivating and harvesting excellent coffee since 1989. Every time we include a new coffee in Cuela, it motivates us a lot, and especially with this one, because we are including a new town in the coffee zone that we didn't have before. On this occasion we present the great work and pride of Don Artemio Valentín; farmer and coffee grower by birth thanks to the great influence that his grandfather and his father had on...

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Five strings full of specialty coffee

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

The industry continues its resilience and that is because, within the most remote mountains of the Barrio Vegas Arriba de Adjuntas, at about 2,060 feet above sea level, is Finca Samara. This boutique farm of only five cuerdas produces a coffee with the most artisanal practices that we have witnessed. Yes, just as you read it, this farm has little production, but with first class quality in each grain, thus proving the theory that more can be done with less. The rigor of its owner and coffee grower, Natalia Vélez, together with her assistants is something impressive. After the 100%...

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What happens when you buy in Cuela?

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Learn about the benefits of shopping in Cuela. 🥰 What happens when you shop at Cuela? As soon as you buy a product in Cuela, the wheel of the Puerto Rican mountain economy begins to turn. We commit every week to buy a minimum inventory of all the brands with which we collaborate. In fact, in quarantine as a startup, we were able to support them in purchasing much of their inventory. To give you an idea, from January 21, 2020 to October 2020, Cuela has bought some 5,000 units of coffee from small coffee growers and roasters, and this...

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A dream made coffee

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The result of hard work and many years full of effort. After several years working in the family business and with the desire to continue innovating in the coffee industry in Puerto Rico, José A. Martínez, better known as “Macho” in the Saliente neighborhood of Jayuya, takes on the task of start the Don José brand together with his wife Jacqueline Batista. Don José is the result of many years of work as a coffee grower, processor and roaster. After having passed a category 5 hurricane like María, José and Jacqueline saw a good opportunity to start from scratch and...

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A Puerto Rican coffee bean in Europe

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From the Gripiñas neighborhood of Jayuya to Europe Café Gripiñas is the legacy of one of the most legendary coffee families in Puerto Rico. The Oliver Mayol family began growing coffee more than 100 years ago and they continue to do so with the same passion and commitment as their successor in this arduous task, Luis Valldejuly Sastre. In 1904 Café Gripiñas was awarded the “Grand Prize” at the International Coffee Pavilion in the city of San Luis, Missouri; An award that helped and continues to help this grain continue to position itself in the world's major coffee consumption markets,...

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The reason for Cuela

Enio A Suasnávar Torres

Cuela was born out of the nostalgia experienced by three friends when we were living outside of Puerto Rico. Two based in Madrid and another in Washington DC, we couldn't find an effective way to connect with coffee growers and/or local roasters for quality, freshly roasted Puerto Rican coffee. Although yes, there were already online platforms that offered Puerto Rican coffee, they did not do so with the emphasis of educating the consumer about the history of the product and the people behind the roaster or from the initial part such as the plant cultivation. This motivated us to create...

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