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jonjax71

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Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Thu, 04/2/09 11:09 PM (permalink)
For our recent 35th wedding anniversary my wife and I got an home model expresso coffee machine complete with a steam sprout for making latte coffee or steamed hot chocolate. We like the Cuban style coffee we get around Los Angeles' Cuban eateries as well as the ones we visit when we are in South Florida. There are several Cuban bodegas and the Cuban supermarket chain Liborio's. They have several different brands and we're not sure which might be the best e.g Bustelo, Bustelo Black Label Gourmet blend, Pilon, Gavina, Goya, La Llave and one other brand I forgot to write down. We like it strong. My wife's co-worker suggested the Italian brand Medalgia D'Oro
 
Any reccomendations based on experience. My wife suggested we go to our 2 favorite Cuban coffee shops this weekend to see what brand they use but I like to see what others may have to say

 
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    DawnT

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    Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Fri, 04/3/09 3:08 AM (permalink)
    Hands down, Bustelo or Pilon. No Cuban here in Miami would argue that. 




     
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      Pancho

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      Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Fri, 04/3/09 8:22 AM (permalink)
      DawnT


      Hands down, Bustelo or Pilon. No Cuban here in Miami would argue that. 

      Totally agree. I think Bustelo has a bigger following, though.
       
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        kaceebee

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        Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Thu, 04/9/09 7:35 PM (permalink)
         hands down, willoughby's coffee & tea italian roast. you will NOT be disappointed!!
         
        www.willoughbyscoffee.com
         
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          jonjax71

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          Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Fri, 04/10/09 12:23 AM (permalink)
          Thanks for all of the responses, we bought 3 brands to start and have a comparison coffee tasting party. Bustelo, Pilon and Gavina were the 3 we purchased, it turns out that Pilon and Bustelo are made by the same company, Java Cabana, the two brands merged some time ago. None of us could tell the difference between the 2 brands, heck, it might be the same coffee in 2 different containers, We all could detect a sutle difference between Bustelo/Pilon and Gavina which turns out to be made nearby in Los Angeles, we discovered they have another brand called La Llave so were going to get a package of that and compare it to Gavina and the others too.
           
          The 3 other couples we invited all preferred Pilon/Bustelo but my wife and i liked Gavina better as it was a bit more bitter, which we like cause of the extra bite, neither of us are big on sweets preferring tart  flavors
           
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            phatphil

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            Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Thu, 11/26/09 7:25 PM (permalink)
            im from south florida, bustelo, pilon, la llave in that order
             
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              1bbqboy

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              Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Thu, 11/26/09 7:36 PM (permalink)
              what makes it Cuban style?
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Thu, 11/26/09 8:15 PM (permalink)
                bill voss


                what makes it Cuban style?

                They stick a cigar in it.
                 
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                  1bbqboy

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                  Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Thu, 11/26/09 8:17 PM (permalink)
                  Michael Hoffman


                  bill voss


                  what makes it Cuban style?

                  They stick a cigar in it.


                  A cup of Monica in the morning?
                   
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                    Niagara

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                    Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Fri, 11/27/09 11:00 AM (permalink)
                    From growing up in New York, I have always been partial to Medaglia D'Oro, but here in the Midwest I now use Bustelo since it's easier to find and just as good.
                     
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                      Twinwillow

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                      Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Fri, 11/27/09 11:59 AM (permalink)
                      I gotta go with Cafe Bustelo as well. In New York in 1959, I remember a Puerto Rican girlfriend's family all drank it. It sure was new to me back then but, I loved it.
                       
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                        Twinwillow

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                        Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Fri, 11/27/09 12:00 PM (permalink)
                        Michael Hoffman


                        bill voss


                        what makes it Cuban style?

                        They stick a cigar in it.
                         




                         
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                          Ort. Carlton.

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                          Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 3:48 PM (permalink)
                          Dearfolk,
                             Luckily, my Publix store just down the way stocks two Tampa coffees -- Cafe El Aguila ("The Eagle") from United Coffee & Tea and Cafe Naviera from Naviera Coffee Mills, a long-established local company in the Ybor City area of Tampa.
                             We cannot buy one brand that I fell in love with when I lived in Florida -- Cafe Carocolillo, made by Caracolillo Coffee Mills up on North Hesperides Street in West Tampa. Caracolillo is run by expatriate Spaniards (Asturianos, I think) who fled when Franco took power. Naviera, conversely, is run by Cuban-Americans whose ancestors apparently arrived not long after the U. S. S. Maine was blown up in Havana harbor in 1898.
                             I don't know about the others, but Naviera contains a small amount of chicory.
                             We also can buy several brands made by Rowland Coffee Mills in Miami: Bustelo, La Llave, and two or three more.
                                Dark-Roastedly, Ort. Carlton in Mighty Chilly Athens, Georgia.
                           
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                            DawnT

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                            Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 5:59 PM (permalink)
                            Pilon, Bustelo,la Llave,Souto, El Pico,Estrella,Oquendo, are all made by the Souto family's Rowland Roasters here in Dade county. Publix carries a store brand, but I think that Rowland makes it too. Winn Dixie carries a store brand that's made in Tampa. No way Tampa coffee comes close to the Miami blends.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, it's Pilon or Bustelo that most people buy here. Pretty much the same and either one or the other is usually on sale. BTW, Medaglia D'Oro, Caffe' Signore,Savarin are also made by them too.
                             
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                              X1

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                              Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 7:30 PM (permalink)
                              ESPRESSO - not EXpresso


                              Sorry. Pet peeve. 

                              If you're that picky about your coffee, you should at least write and pronounce it correctly.
                               
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                                NYPIzzaNut

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                                Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 7:42 PM (permalink)
                                X1


                                ESPRESSO - not EXpresso


                                Sorry. Pet peeve. 

                                If you're that picky about your coffee, you should at least write and pronounce it correctly.

                                Since you brought it up:


                                http://coffeefaq.com/site/node/47
                                 
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                                  X1

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                                  Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 7:48 PM (permalink)
                                  That pretty much says I'm right.

                                  Expresso is used because Americans pronounced it wrong, and it became the norm for some people. The correct form is Espresso to the people that are experts, as well as to Italians, as your article states.

                                  "Axed" instead of "asked" is common, too, but I'm sure not going to be using that "variation".



                                   
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                                    DawnT

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                                    Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 8:44 PM (permalink)
                                    You're both wrong as far as we're concerned down here. We call it neither. It's simply cafe or coffee. Then there's that watery stuff called cafe americano which Americans call coffee. I'm generally guilty of drinking a pot of that each day in addition to several cafecitos.
                                     
                                    Sorry, pet peve.

                                    I'm picky about my Cuban coffee, but can't tolerate condescending individuals.
                                     
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                                      X1

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                                      Re:Reccomendations for expresso coffee brands, Cuban style Sun, 01/3/10 8:49 PM (permalink)

                                      "peeve"

                                      And it's only condescending if you take it that way. Hence, no offense taken at your "watery stuff" comment, since it's a pure generalization and does not refer to me.

                                      Sorry you did.

                                      Coffee and espresso are different things. While all espresso is coffee, all coffee is not espresso.


                                       
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