Did you know the original Juan Valdez of Colombian coffee fame was a cubano?

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We learned this week that Carlos Sánchez, the famous Juan Valdez or Mr. Coffee died in Colombia. He was 83.

We also learned that there is a Cuban connection to the Mr. Coffee story:

Mr. Sánchez first donned Valdez’s signature wide-brimmed hat in 1969. He took over for Jose F. Duval, a Cuban actor who had played the character since it was created by the New York advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach in 1959.

Mr. Sánchez was Colombian and grew coffee as a youth before turning to painting and acting.

As Valdez, an indefatigable farmer with a warm expression, a lush mustache and a mule named Conchita, he became an avatar for the farmers who harvested Colombia’s coffee beans and a positive depiction of a country that was often equated with terrorism and drug trafficking.

By the way, did you know that the first “Mr. Coffee” was a Cuban?  I did not. I guess Cubans are everywhere. Duval was the face in print and TV until 1969. He died in 1993.

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