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Jun 10, 2009 03:35 PM

Cuban coffee beans-has anyone seen any supply?

Boston hound here heading back in for a quick weekend trip. Usually we return home with a supply of Cuban coffee beans (either black or brown roast) from La Vieux Europe (please forgive any spelling errors) on St. Laurent..
Last couple of trips we have struck out. Completely out of stock of both roasts.This is our first trip in this year, and my wife and I were wondering if anyone knew of any alternate locations to buy the same product. We have nothing like these Cuban beans at home.
We are always on the lookout for recommended coffee roasters.
Thanks, hounds for all the recommendations over the years.

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  1. I don't have a clue where you can find Cuban beans, but you may wish to check out Cafe Myriade downtown, where they carry a great selection of 49th Parallel beans, which IMHO are among the best I've had (49th is a Vancouver company, so not sure how easy they are to find in Boston, although I believe they are distributed in the U.S.)

    1. The hurricanes last summer, Ike, Gustav, and Paloma, decimated Cuba's coffee plants, and beyond domestic demand there is little available for export.

      1. I see them often at Eden in La Cite. That's a small market at Parc and Prince Arthur, just inside the enterance of the building at the south east corner. I am not sure if they currently have them in stock but I always notice them out of the corner of my eye when I shop there. I might pass by there today, so I will update if I see them.

        I still have a bag full of these beans from our last cuba trip... not sure what to make of them. They make okay coffee but nothing which I would consider to be worth going out of the way for. Of course, that's a matter of personal taste. And I imagine that they have more appeal if it's something which is 'forbidden' =D

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        1. re: The Chemist

          It is quite humerous to think that we have had smoked meat confiscated at the U.S .Border, but they could care less about my choice of coffee. We like bold coffee, especially dark roasts, and the batch of Cuban beans we bring back always has a stronger flavor than your standard Starbucks Cafe Verona blend and Ethiopian Sidamo.

        2. On St. Laurent blvd. I get Cuban coffee beans from Frenco, it's just below Duluth. They offer them in black roast only. They always seem to have a supply available there.

          1. There are cuban beans in supply at my regular source, Moi, Toi & Cafe on Laurier and Jeanne Mance, 1 block East of Parc.

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            1. re: poutineguy

              they also have them at their Notre Dame store.

              1. re: bigfellow

                I saw the Cubita coffee brand at some IGA stores in Laval and Lachine