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You’ve probably never had Cuban coffee, but now you can

Cafecito de Cuba sleeves, which include 10 capsules for Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines, are available today online.
Cafecito de Cuba sleeves, which include 10 capsules for Nespresso’s OriginalLine machines, are available today online.

If you live in Miami, you’ve probably had Cuban coffee — but have you had coffee from Cuba?

Starting today, you can. Nespresso has begun selling a limited supply of coffee sourced from Cuba for its OriginalLine of Nespresso home coffee makers. The Nespresso capsules, dubbed Cafecito de Cuba, are filled with Cuban Arabica beans harvested by small farms in the Granma and Santiago de Cuba regions of Cuba, the company said. Nespresso purchased the beans, then roasted and packaged them in Europe, according to a Nespresso spokesperson.

“Cuba is known for producing some of the greatest Arabica coffee in the world,” a Nespresso representative wrote to the Miami Herald. “With fertile soil and ideal climate conditions, the country offers an excellent coffee growing environment.”

That Cuba can now essentially sell coffee to the United States is thanks to the evolving relations between the two countries. The U.S. State Department added coffee to the list of goods America can now import from Cuba. Nespresso importers based in Europe wasted no time in purchasing and packaging the coffee, though it will be offered only in small batches as farms in Cuba ramp up production, the company said.

The first batch of Cafecito de Cuba is expected to sell out quickly. Another batch is expected to be released in late September, the company said. Cafecito de Cuba is available at the Nespresso website.

Nespresso said it hopes to work with the small farms to ensure that they are producing the coffee in “environmentally sustainable” ways that “benefit the farmers themselves and their communities.”

“Nespresso is thrilled to be the first to bring this rare coffee to the U.S.,” Nespresso told the Herald. “Ultimately, we want consumers in the U.S. to experience this incredible coffee and to enjoy it now and for years to come.”

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