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    Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

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    Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Cuba is resuming mixing coffee with roasted peas in a bid to cope with rising international coffee prices, the authorities say.

    The blend for domestic consumption will help cut costs, given that coffee prices had risen some 69% over the last year, the announcement said.

    Cuba needs to import coffee as its own production, despite recent investment, cannot meet local demand.

    Full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13277174


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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Advertising slogan: "Drinking Cuban coffee will give you a peasful, easy feeling" (sorry)

    I wonder if you can taste the peas. I wonder if we will see cupping notes like "a hint of Edgell" or "nice with a sprig of mint"

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Who said "You cant peas 100% of the people, 100% of the time"

    The Cuban government can.

    Sorry, couldnt resist ::)

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Are they black eyed peas

    They are adding fibre just like in the nescafe green blend

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Cuban pea(s)berries!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Part of me wants to try it (through someone elses equipment) just to see what theyre on about given the article says that theyre used to it, but I got to feel for any Cuban coffeesnobs out there.

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    I am told that in Germany during the ‘World Wars’, due to shortages of imported goods, many things, including coffee were replaced by ersartz or artificial and often inferior substitutes.

    Ersatz ‘coffee’ was made from substitutes such as acorns, grain, peas and chicory.

    There is a story about someone who was so depressed by this they attempted to commit suicide but they failed. The rope broke as it too was ersatz.

    The BBC article says about the peas in Cuba "But many people here are accustomed to it."

    There was a time that I was accustomed to ‘instant’ but not now. Like the peas in Cuba, if it is the only thing you can get or afford, you put up with it and enjoy it.

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    I saw the title of this thread, thought about putting the peas in my grinder and found myself visualising whirled peas ;D

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Quote Originally Posted by 343C323A3822223E323A510 link=1304540957/8#8 date=1304563352
    visualising whirled peas
    Boom tish.
    Whirled peas, in our time of course

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    "Nescafe PeaberryTM"

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Actually, it may not be that bad an idea, when I was a kid, we had camp coffee on occasion - a concentrated syrup that was made from coffee and chicory.

    Id certainly be willing to try it.


    As John Lennon said: All we are saying, is give peas a chance

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    They seem to be taking the news well, imagine the protests in the street if it was tried here :D

    Cubans morning joe will be a little more bitter and a little less potent as the island returns to mixing coffee with roasted peas in a cost-saving move.

    The blend is being distributed beginning this month for domestic consumption, the Interior Commerce Ministry said Tuesday in an announcement published by Communist Party newspaper Granma. The change apparently will not affect coffee for export, for sale in pricier stores or in establishments catering to tourists.

    The message also said authorities are eliminating the coffee ration for Cubans ages 0 to 6. Up until now, coffee had been allocated by number of people in a household as a way to support families.

    The measure was first brought up in December by President Raul Castro, who said Cuba was paying $47 million a year on imports to meet local coffee consumption in the java-loving nation.

    Like rum and cigars, coffee is an iconic product in Cuba. In the early 1960s, annual production reached 60,000 tons and Cuba was a net exporter. But last month, state-run coffee company Cubacafe director Antonio Aleman said that while the country has spent $9.5 million to modernize production in the past five years, meager harvests are falling short of annual demand of 18,000 tons of beans.

    Prodigious consumers of highly sweetened java, Cubans are no strangers to coffee cut with peas, which was long the norm. When they started getting the pure stuff in 2005, some even complained that it tasted funny.

    "I like it better with peas," street sweeper Juan Hernandez Pedroso said as he sat on a curb Tuesday, taking a break during the afternoon Havana heat. "I dont know, maybe its because its what Im used to."

    Fans and foes alike agree that theres no mistaking the difference.

    Coffee with peas isnt as foamy when it boils, and the end result is a strong-tasting, less caffeinated brew, said Froilan Valido, an unemployed gas bill collector.

    "Its much, much more bitter than pure coffee, which is smoother," Valido said. "But many people here are accustomed to it. The habit makes the monk."

    Local cafes were still selling supplies of pure coffee Tuesday, and it was not clear exactly when the pea blend would be on shelves. The ministry did not specify what ratio officials have in mind for the mixture.

    Tuesdays announcement in Granma noted that the price of coffee rose 69 percent in the last year from $1,740 to $2,904 per ton, while peas are going for just $390 a ton.

    "Faced with this economic reality, it has been determined to fix a price of 4 pesos ($0.17) for a 115-gram (4-ounce) bag of mixed coffee to support the amounts that will continue to be delivered as normal to the people," it read.

    Thats a price cut; the same bag used to cost 5 pesos.

    "I prefer natural coffee," Jose Hernandez said as he waited his turn at a popular coffee counter. "But we all understand that its a necessity. Hopefully its temporary."

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Quote Originally Posted by 5157404B51564E4C250 link=1304540957/11#11 date=1304568248
    the end result is a strong-tasting, less caffeinated brew
    Could be an alternative to full decaf.

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    the dreaded fixed price reducing supply problem.

    I wonder if the let the price rise to 6 pesos if coffee would then be available and those who prefer peas could have the cut stuff.

    Have I studied too much economics?

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    So.. whos going to try roasting some peas and report back on the taste? :)

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Quote Originally Posted by 373F31393B21213D3139520 link=1304540957/10#10 date=1304566487
    As John Lennon said: All we are saying, is give peas a chance
    Classic.

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Quote Originally Posted by 646C626A6872726E626A010 link=1304540957/7#7 date=1304563240
    I saw the title of this thread, thought about putting the peas in* my grinder and found myself visualising whirled peas ;D
    A bit like the GREMLINS Movie ... Not a good thought

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    Re: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving move

    Oh peas stop taking the peas out of the poor Cubans!

    Peas bros



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