As a youngster tasting that first drink of coffee, I thought I would soon vomit. It was as a Boyscout when I learned to appreciate a warm cup of coffee after camping in below zero conditions on the Iowa plains.
I grew to enjoy the aroma and taste of coffee, and then I entered service in the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia. I again almost puked when I tasted the concoction they called coffee, but I had to have it because I had been on fire watch and had very little sleep, and now we were about to encounter 5 miles of running with full gear.
Those days are long past, but coffee is now an addiction.
Living in the Midwest States of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, my primary coffee was Folgers. I knew nothing else. I drank it hot and black....none of the whimpy iced coffee, and no milk, as that was only for women and men who want to be women. That was how I was raised, and that is how I drank my coffee.
But times have changed.
Coffee Boricua Style
Without delving off into the story, as many of you have read it time and time again....I moved to the tiny Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
Naming my loves of this island, I will go in order:
- Maggie who you all know as Lastheart here on Hubpages
- Puerto Rican coffee
- Mangoes without worms
- Maria Magadalena Ruiz O'Farrill
- El Yunque Rainforest
- Did I mention Puerto Rican Coffee?
Of course, there are other things I love, but the primary 2 are Maggie and Coffee...pure Puerto Rican Coffee.
After moving here over 4 years ago, I discovered that the coffee of Puerto Rico is the best I have ever tasted...and no, I haven't tried the most expensive coffee that comes out in a Mongoose's feces, and I won't.
Maggie did change my coffee drinking style when I arrived, and no, I don't have thoughts of wanting to be female, but I do enjoy milk in the coffee now. You see, the Puerto Rico coffee has a strength that Folgers could never match, and milk adds a certain touch.
Puerto Rican coffee companies are
Over the last year, when I purchase certain brands of coffee, I have noticed a reduction in quality. It has almost been as if I was drinking the Folgers from back in the Midwest.
I just assumed my taste buds were changing, and I have started leaving the milk out, but....
It has come to my attention
Certain Puerto Rico coffee companies have been pulling a "slick one," and the Government has allowed them to do so.
It seems there hasn't been enough supply for the demand, so the Government has allowed these companies to add cheap beans from other companies into the mix, and still call it 100% Puerto Rico coffee.
I, along with many others are yelling FOUL!
This is false advertisement!
This is wrong and needs to stop.
Calling them out
As I sit here researching about this article, I decided to brew a pot of Cafe Crema that I had purchased.
It tasted weak and I read that they are one of the culprits, so as you can see what this did to me in the picture at the right.
I did some research and I am naming some of the Puerto Rico coffee companies who are scamming us:
- Cafe Yaucono
- Cafe Crema
- Cafe Rico
- Cafe Rioja
- Alta Grande
- Yauco Selecto
- and More
There is a huge push that all Puerto Rico Coffee companies put the percentage of Puerto Rico coffee beans on their packaging.
Below is a recent translated article about this situation:
"A representative group of the coffee industry in Puerto Rico reported to the country what it identified as the big lie in packaging of coffee sold in Puerto Rico.
In a press conference at the College of Agricultural, Edwin Soto, who chairs the coffee sector in the Farmers Association, it revealed that the company that controls the majority of trademarks on the island used foreign coffee, but they sell like It was done in Puerto Rico.
"The company dominates 90% market share works about labels showing that coffee is Puerto Rico. But it is foreign coffee. DACO has not protected the local coffee, but coffee abroad. The problem is that we are invading with cheap foreign coffee, "said Soto.
"It is imperative that DACO change this order and be required to any producer of coffee to put clearly on the label the percentage of Puerto Rican coffee you have, and if you have coffee Puerto Rico, to say exactly where it comes from," explained Soto, who, incidentally, said that trademarks that exist in Puerto Rico, coffee Mami is "100% Puerto Rican."
Gold is another coffee trademarks with 100% Puerto Rican coffee. In addition there are many small-scale artisanal brands seeking to use local cafe.
The group said it supports the bill contemplated in the Senate and would order the use of the designation of origin on the packaging of coffee, but emphasized that the best way to do justice to the farmers of the country is repealing the order DACO issued price.
Also, Jose Luis Gonzalez Freyre, farmer and president of Pan American Grain Company explained that the practice of not specifying on the packaging how much coffee is Puerto Rican or abroad where coffee used is lying to consumers comes.
"In Puerto Rico there is a law on misleading advertising. And that's the big lie. They will present to the public that are made in Puerto Rico when it is actually imported coffee. That is a big lie. There misleading ads and lie to the consumer, "said González Freyre, who claimed that the order of prices" has overtones of lawlessness and waste of public funds "for the granting of a subsidy of about $ 22 million to boost the purchase of coffee imported and just over $ 21 million goes into the coffers of a company that controls the major brands in the country, but uses imported coffee.
"It is immoral to use $ 22 million of public funds to boost coffee, Cundo has lost 60% of jobs in our farms," he said, while insisting that the salary should equate to a minimum of farmers federal."
100% Non Liars
As the article pointed out, Mami Coffee is still 100% Puerto Rican along with one called Gold.
There are many small private growers on the island and I will share some of their links where you can order, and you can also visit and tour some of these operations.
Before I share the links, I just wanted to tell you that I did have some Mami Coffee stored away. It makes for a better picture (see the right>).
Here are some pure Puerto Rican coffees
- Cafe Real de Puerto Rico
- Sandra Farms
- Cafe Cibales
- Cafe Mami
- Cafe Pomarrosa
- Hacienda Buena Vista
- Hacienda San Pedro
- Cafe Tres Pichachos
- Hacienda Tres Angeles
These are just a few. The folks over at Puerto Rico Day Trips has a large list. Just visit their link here.
When companies lie, it comes back to bite them.
Well, this hub is meant to bite.
Please support the true Puerto Rican coffee growers and buy some truly 100% Puerto Rican coffee. After tasting it, you will want to toss that big can of Folgers or Maxwell House in the garbage.
If anyone from the Puerto Rico government is reading this, you need to force these companies to be honest.
Thanks and have a great day.
© 2015 Greg Boudonck