Single Origin from Cuba
According to historians, coffee beans were introduced to Cuba in the mid 1700’s by Antonio Gelabert. He created the first Cuban coffee plantation in Wajay on the outskirts of Havana.
In 1791, the French, who were fleeing Haiti because of the abolition of slavery, brought their methods to improve the production of coffee to Cuba. With the combination of its ideal weather conditions, its mountainous areas and its permeable soils, rich in organic matter and clay, Cuba quickly became one of the world’s main coffee producers.
Before the mid 1800’s, Cuba started to lose strength in the trade. The Spanish wanted to exert control over the market in the island. Higher taxes were applied to some nations which then turned to emerging countries including Brazil and Columbia.