An Introduction to Puerto Rican Coffee:
The jíbaros were country folk who worked the coffee plantations for the wealthy hacendados, or landowners. They were little better off than indentured servants, and since they were uneducated, their most lasting form of expression came through music; the songs of the Jíbaros have endured over time.
Is the Local Coffee Any Good?:
How Puerto Ricans Take Their Coffee:
- An Expreso is your standard Italian espresso, brewed in an espresso machine and usually taken black. A local term for expreso is pocillo, which is a reference to the small cups in which the drink is served.
- My favorite is the Cortadito, which anyone familiar with Cuban coffee will know. This is an expresso layered with a thin sheen of steamed milk.
- Café con leche is like a latté, but in Puerto Rico it usually involves a large dollop of milk in an even larger cup.
Can I Visit a Coffee Plantation:
As for which ones to visit, the following all offer tours and welcome visitors (but call ahead before you go):
- Café Bello in Adjuntas
- Café Hacienda San Pedro in Jayuya
- Café Lareño in Lares (787-897-3643)
- Hacienda Ana in Jayuya (787-378-7551)
- Hacienda Buena Vista in Ponce (787-722-5882 Monday-Friday, 787-284-7020 on weekends)
- Hacienda Palma Escrita/La Casona in Las Marías (787-210-8252)
- Hacienda Patricia in Ponce (787-813-1878)