For more than 55 years, the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has prohibited all imports from the island nation. Relations between the two countries have warmed up under President Obama, but Congress has yet to officially lift the embargo. However, Cuban products are coming to the United States, starting with coffee.
In April, the U.S. State Department changed its restrictions to allow coffee produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs into the country, as Eater reports. The first company to get in on Cuban-American coffee imports will be Nespresso, which will start selling Cafecito de Cuba pods for its home espresso machines this fall.
According to Reuters, Nespresso, based in Switzerland, bought the beans in Europe from Cuba’s state exporters. They were grown on small farms in Cuba.
It won’t be a world-changing culinary event when Nespresso’s Cuban coffees make it to the U.S., since Cuban-style coffee is already sold here by brands like Cafe Bustelo. But it’s high time we get the chance to sample Cuban coffee straight from the source, too.