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.