The Coffee Lovers Hub
Since my move to Puerto Rico, I have learned to really appreciate good coffee. Some of the best coffee in the world is grown in Puerto Rico. I have tried multiple brands and I will establish what I consider to be the best coffee that I have tried thus far from the many brands of Puerto Rican coffee. Keep in mind that it will probably take me years to try every kind of Puerto Rican coffee made. I do want to tour one of the coffee plantations some time in the near future. Maybe, just maybe, I can give all of you a virtual tour when I do.
Before I move on to telling you about the different kinds of coffees this beautiful island offers, let me explain how we make our coffee. I have found it to be a much better system than the self brewing machine I always used in the United States. I am still remembering the Fire Marshall telling me it was the coffee brewer that burnt our house down.
When you order coffee here in Puerto Rico at a coffee shop, there are usually three ways. They are:
Brewed in an expresso machine and is usually taken black. One of these with pure Puerto Rican coffee will knock your socks off.
This is expresso with a light layer of steamed milk.
Café con Leche
This is coffee with a lot of milk in a large cup.
The way we make it here at home is really quite simple. You boil your water and as it is boiling add the coffee grounds. While it is brewing, heat some milk on the stove or in the microwave. Most grocery stores sell coffee socks. These look like a sock with a wire running through it for a hand-hold. You run your water and coffee grounds through the sock into a coffee urn. Add the milk and sugar to your taste. Puerto Rican sugar goes great with the Puerto Rican coffee!
Drink your coffee and be happy!
Now here are the brands of coffee from Puerto Rico that I have tried. Be sure and rate our way of making coffee.
Coffee From a Sock
I found this coffee to be good, but the problem I found was big variations from one bag to another. Adjuntas, Puerto Rico is very well known for coffee plantations. It is high in the mountains and is known as the Switzerland of Puerto Rico. I believe the company should try a bit harder in keeping the beans all the same. I did find it is a very economical brand to purchase.
Cafe D' Aqui
This seems to be a very strong coffee. It is grown in the Utuado municipality of Puerto Rico. I would buy it again, but you just don't see it regularly on store shelves.
This coffee is very, very good. It has a strong aroma and is mild going into the stomach. It is a great coffee to have a cinnamon roll or do-nut with. I like it very much and would highly recommend this Puerto Rican coffee brand.
This coffee is grown in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. It is very good and very robust. I love the flavor and aroma. It is priced right too. I rate this coffee towards the top and I will absolutely keep buying it.
Here is a very popular coffee that is grown and processed in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This coffee is probably on my list as second best. The price is good and you have no trouble finding it. I have noticed a time or two where the packaging was not very good and the bags leaked.
This coffee is also very popular. I think it is on the weak side as I prefer a stronger coffee. It is made in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I will drink it, but I do prefer others more.
This is GREAT coffee. It can be difficult to find in the stores, but when I do, I will buy it. It is my understanding that they purchase the best beans from Puerto Rico and other countries around and blend them. It is wonderful.
This is the best! When you open a bag of Yaucono coffee, you can smell it in the house down the street. I have walked into stores where I just knew they had just received a new shipment of this fabulous coffee. It is #1 in the Frog's book. You can buy some in Yauco, Puerto Rico.
These are just a few. Puerto Rico has many coffees to taste. I plan on trying them all. I am putting a few links where you can order some Puerto Rico coffee and try yourself.
While you are at it, order some of the books my wife and I have wrote on Puerto Rico in the Amazon links above.
Read them over a cup of coffee.
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