In Cuba, a little roasted peas with your coffee?
May 30th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Talk about a bitter brew! In a cost-cutting move, Cuba is mixing the ground coffee it offers on its ration card with...roasted peas.

The unusual combination isn’t new to Cubans, but in 2005 the government said it would provide the coffee-loving nation with pure, uncut coffee.

Soaring international prices prompted a change of heart.

Once a coffee exporter, Cuba now imports more than half its consumption. President Raul Castro said the state spent $47 million last year on coffee imports, and while the price of java was up 69 percent, peas had only risen 30 percent.

The small 115-gram bags sold at ration stores once a month cost just a few pennies. But they’re only 50 percent coffee.

Most Cubans say the new concoction is more bitter than ever and clogs their mocha pots. For those who can afford it, pure aromatic Cuban coffee is still available at regular supermarkets for about $8 for 500 grams.

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  1. Humberto

    Hei, somebody told me that Fidel, is the best, ja,ja,ja coffe with chicharos, ja, ja, ja. marcist, ja, ja, ja....

    May 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  2. scottlip

    8 dollars for 500gm? In Cuba? Starbucks must be in on it.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  3. reedabmob

    The 52 year old dictatorship manipulates every single aspect of Cuba's economy. When coffee goes up, as it as gone recently , this once exporter of coffee, chooses to give its citizens ground peas, but when sugar goes up, as it has, (doubled since the year 2000), this 5th world exporter of sugar, simply keeps its income to itself. The citizens of Cuba lose no matter what. Poverty is one of the weapons used by the government to keep its grip on power.

    May 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  4. Ian Adkins

    I have to imagine chicory grows in Cuba. And it's got to be way better than...peas?!

    May 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
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