Reports from Cuba: Cuban coffee in U.S. dollars

Juan Diego Rodriguez reports in 14yMedio from Havana via Translating Cuba:

Cuban Coffee in US Dollars

Cubita, of national production, is sold in foreign currency but it is difficult to find it in Cuban pesos.

Long faces in line this Thursday at the entrance of the Plaza Carlos III shopping center to buy coffee. “Cuban coffee in American dollars,” one of the establishment’s customers, called Sorpresas, scoffed aloud. The line burst into laughter at this, but a resigned indignation was palpable.

“It is incredible that we pay in MLC [freely convertible currency] for the coffee that is produced in Cuba,” said a woman. “But nothing, we pay for it and we do nothing,” a young man responded quickly.

Coffee is one of the scarcest products in the national trade networks and in the informal market it can reach a whopping 1,000 pesos for a one-kilo (2.2 pounds) package, or 250 pesos for a 250-gram (approx. 9 ounces) package. Despite the official media announcing a supposed recovery in coffee production in the country since 2020, the improvement has not been noticed in stores that take payment in national currency, where the supply of coffee beans or ground coffee is practically non-existent.

The line joked with resignation about the fact of having to pay for the national product in dollars.

2 thoughts on “Reports from Cuba: Cuban coffee in U.S. dollars”

  1. What? You mean the “diaspora” isn’t taking care of this situation? This is totally their responsibility. Either they’re slacking big time or people in Cuba aren’t being sufficiently, uh, persuasive.

    However, one must admit that the regime’s utter lack of any shame whatsoever is simply stunning.

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