Paging ‘Mr. Colada’


Great July 7 piece Miami Cubans sharing culture through ‘cafecito’ campaign, on the trend of the 3:05 p.m. cafecito break. Before social media, and even before emails, at my former law firm we had the “Mr. Colada” announcement. At 3 p.m. every day, Lucy, our receptionist, would order a few coladas from a local downtown cafecito window. When they arrived she would let us all know by paging Mr. Colada on the firm’s intercom system. We, Anglos and Hispanics alike, would converge in the kitchen, down a shot or two of the black gold and run back to what we were doing with renewed vigor and a great feeling of having interacted with colleagues and staff.

Jose E. Sirven, Miami

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