It’s been quite a while since Cubans have been able to enjoy a cup of pure Cuban coffee due to shortages in production. Now they’ll have to wait longer, as the Castro regime is selling it all to France. Like it does with all the resources in Cuba, both natural and human, the communist Castro dictatorship prefers to sell them for hard currency instead of taking care of the people. This is socialism in action.
French money appears to produce coffee in Cuba… and then export it to France
Though Cubans can barely drink coffee due to the paltry volume of beans harvested on the island, the government has chosen to sell it abroad.
The French company Malongó has signed an agreement with the state-owned Empresa Agroforestal Gran Piedra (Santiago de Cuba) to invest in coffee production in a country whose people can barely drink the beverage due to the scant volume of beans now harvested on the island.
The agreement, reached on the National Day of France at the 39th International Fair of Havana (FIHAV 2023), was signed by Malongo General Director Jean Pierre Blanc.
In statements to the state-run Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) (Cuban News Agency), the businessman said that the agreement will benefit the Ramón de Las Yaguas ward in the territory of Santiago, where the La Fraternidad coffee plantation was once located.
This site, located in the Santiago municipality of Songo la Maya, is related to the French presence and the cultivation of coffee in the island’s eastern mountains. It is also part of the “Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations of Southeast Cuba,” consisting of 171 plantations, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
In 2018, the regime’s Cubadebate website mentioned the existence, since 2014, of the “The Coffee Paths” (Los caminos del café) project, funded by the European Union, the Malongó Foundation, and the Office of the Conservator of the City of Santiago de Cuba, to refurbish the site, make it part of a sort of Coffee Museum, and promote “responsible tourism” there.
“Beyond an idea, the initiative will be real, with the reproduction of coffee plantations from centuries ago, in the same way that the French did, with the same varieties of coffee and fruit trees they used, the drying of the beans in the same place where it was done before, and the construction of an old water-driven mill, also very similar to another that existed here,” the newspaper stated in its report.
The deal now signed in Havana, ACN says, seeks to “increase the productivity of those beans, and, at the same time, raise the standard of living of the area’s inhabitants.”
“It is a complete business project that requires foreign investment, training and technology transfer to raise the quality of the coffee that will be produced and then marketed abroad,” added Jean Pierre Blanc.
Malongó is, according to its institutional site, a “specialist in organic and fair coffees,” as it sells “high-end coffees, from the noblest terroirs, grown according to ancestral agricultural methods on small family plantations.”
This deal, whose monetary amount was not mentioned in the report, took place while, as DIARIO DE CUBA verified, the province of Sancti Spíritus’ coffee roaster was conducting “explosion tests” to verify that its product will not make residents’ home coffee makers blow up.
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