Dominican coffee is a drink that reflects the colorful character of this country. Many tourists bring home coffee from the Dominican Republic as a souvenir so we are going to tell you which coffee is better, how much different brands of coffee cost and where best to buy it.
It all started back in the 18th century when Spanish colonists brought the seedlings of coffee trees from the island of Martinique to the island. Since then, coffee plantations have grown rapidly and now can be found in all parts of the Dominican Republic. The most extensive plantationsare located in the provinces of Barahona, Asua, Bani, Moka, Barouko and also in the Cibao Valley.
In the highlands of the country, only the highest grade of Arabica is grown. True coffee drinkers know that Dominican coffee is considered one of the best in the world and invariably give preference to this refined drink. All the grains of Dominican coffee are flavored with oils and are also rich in caffeine. There is even a special ADOCAFES association in the country that is engaged in assessing the taste of coffee as well as perfecting new varieties of coffee.
The coffee trees of the tipica subspecies,of which Dominican coffee is 90%, arecapricious but at the same time traditionally show indicators of high quality.. They are grown at a height of 600 to 1450 meters. Due to the diversity of the microclimate of the island, coffee in theDominicana is harvested almost all year round but the most productive months are July and August.
Typically, coffee trees reach no more than four meters in height, with each tree yielding approximately 9 pounds of fruit per year. After roasting the grains, a little more than 2 pounds of the finished product is obtained. Coffee trees arebeautiful at the time of blossoming. In addition, the flowers exude a delicate, pleasant aroma. Coffee beans, as they ripen, change their color from green to red, and then to maroon. The ripe coffee cherry contains 2 coffee beans.
After ripening, the fruits are carefully picked by hand, washed in water, dried, carefully peeled to remove all the peel, and then sent to the producers. Some farmers independently pre-roast the beans.
If you are interested to see for yourself the process of growing and processing coffee, you can join one of the tours along theDominican backwoods, the route of which includes a visit to a Dominican ranch. Local residents will guide you around and show how coffee, cocoa, tobacco, mango, bananas, pineapples, and many other crops are grown.
Virtually all people of the Dominican Republic are real coffee drinkers. By the way, the culture of drinking tea doesn’t exist on the island, and as such you will not find good tea for sale. But coffee is in abundance, for every taste and budget
Dominicans themselves drink coffee at any time of the day. It is usually prepared in special geyser coffee makers and then poured into small cups. Coffee is very strong, and the local people always generously add sugar to it.
The fact is that Dominicans have a sweet tooth. Sometimes the drink even resembles a coffee syrup. Therefore, when buying a cup of coffee in the Dominican Republic, ask them to serve sugar separately - sin azukar. Also in the Dominican Republic, coffee with milk is popular - café con leche.
One of the largest coffee producers in the Dominican Republic is the Induban factory. It produces the most popular and mostaffordable coffee, Santo Domingo, as well as a slightly more expensive Induban, which combines “typica and bourbon” brands.
Keep in mind that you can hardly find instant coffee in the Dominican Republic. And anyway, this is a very doubtful drink, which has almost nothing to do with real coffee. However, if you are used to making coffee in a hurry and you do not have time to make it, you will need Monte Real brand. This fine-ground coffee can be safely brewed in a cup of boiling water. But it's better, of course, to make it according to all the rules - on a slow fire until boiling. This drink has a mild and chocolate flavor.
It is believed that there is higher quality in those brands of coffee which are named in accordance with the place where the coffee beans are grown. This coffee is El Cibao, Barahona, Bani, Okoa. Along with these brands are also Monte Alto, Café Caribeño, Don Rogerio Blend and Aroma.
And if we talk about elite brands, first on line is Don Justino. As in the case of Santo Domingo coffee, all elite types of coffee are presented both in ground form and in beans. The only exception is this line of flavored coffee. It is available only in ground form. In the Dominican Republic, coffee with aromas of vanilla, chocolate, almond, coconut and many others are available
When selecting a coffee from all the types available, choosing a drink according to your own taste and nose is best. Most packages have special valves - tiny holes, through which, by slightly pressing on the package, you will smell the flavor of the beans. Choose the coffee, the flavor of which you liked the most.
In addition, in some gift shops, coffee tastings are held where you can also choose according to your taste.
Those who keep slim or want to lose weight should direct their attention to green coffee from the Dominican Republic. This coffee doesn’t have a distinct taste and flavor but is considered to be very useful thanks to the antioxidant properties, as well as the content of chlorogenic acid, which helps burn fat.
It is believed that green coffee increases mental and physical activity, perfectly tones and also is helpful for headaches. In stores, it is easy to recognize by the bright packaging which depicts green coffee beans.
Coffee prices can vary depending on the size of the package and type of grinding. The cost of coffee can also vary in different stores. We are listing prices for different brands of coffee in line with the cost in the Dominican Republic:
• Coffee Santo Domingo – 4 - 9 dollars per packing
• Coffee Induban - $ 8 per packing
• Coffee Real Monte - 7-14 dollars per packing
• Coffee El Cibao, Barahona, Bani, Okoa, Monte Alto, Café Caribeño) - about $ 15 per packing
• Coffee Don Rogerio Blend and Arom – about $ 16 per packing
• Coffee Don Justino - from $ 16 per package
• Green coffee - 7 - 17 dollars per packin
Tthe most popular brands of coffee, Santo Domingo and Induban, are found in the resort area stores and even in large supermarkets. To have a large selection of coffee brands, it is better to go to special tourist shops. There are many such shops in the resort area of Punta Cana and in the colonial part of the city of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.
Sometimes you can buy coffee at the ranch where you visit on some tours. But keep in mind that in "home production" no one watches for quality and sometimes this coffee has a slightly "burned" taste.
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There are no restrictions on the export of coffee from the Dominican Republic. So there is an opportunity to bring a “supply of coffee” for yourself and also to please friends and relatives with this wonderful drink. As a rule, coffee from the Dominican Republic does not sit on your shelf very long because it is difficult to deny yourself the pleasure of starting the day with a cup of this wonderful drink.