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Have a cafecito before we throw you in prison

USA Today's fluff piece on the "World's 10 best cities for coffee" features a stop in Havana:

[...] In Cuba, coffee is basically its own food group. A vital part of each day, steaming little cups of Cafe Cubano—espresso mixed with sugar as it brews—or Coradito—espresso topped with steamed milk—mark the morning, signal the end of a meal, and are a perfect excuse to stop and linger with a friend, new or old. To drink coffee in Havana is to join the rhythm of the city, and after a drop in Cuban coffee production, the country is now rebuilding its growing economy to meet the dedicated demand of its people. Cuban exiles in Miami have made the Florida city another great place for an authentic Cafe Cubano. [...]

Nice. Cuban dissidents and the opposition always have a little cafecito before the Cuban Gestapo beats the shit out of them and throws them in jail...

1 comment to Have a cafecito before we throw you in prison

  • aar33178

    Of course, there is cafecito and there is cafecito. Like, there is the cafecito and cortaditos that USA Today reporters and their "tour guides" can have at the Nacional in Habana or the Melia in Varadero. And there is the "cafe de chicharos" that the government rations to regular cubans, which as the name indicates, consists of ground chickpeas. Interesting, considering that pre-Castro Cuba was a leading exporter of high-grade quality coffee. It's ok, you gotta balance that with their achievements in education and healthcare, right? Putzes.