Nespresso First To Return Cuban Coffee To U.S. After 50+ Years

Posted On: 6/20/2016

  • Printer Friendly Version
  • Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
  • PDF

TAGS: coffee imports, Nespresso, Cuban coffee, Cafecito de Cuba, Nesspresso Grand Cru, Guillaume Le Cunff, office coffee service, vending

NEW YORK CITY -- Nespresso said it is bringing back Cuban coffee to the United States for the first time in more than 50 years. Thanks to recent U.S. regulatory changes, Nespresso plans to make Cafecito de Cuba for its Grand Cru line. It will be available in capsules for Nespresso single-cup machines this fall, initially as a limited edition.

Long term, Nespresso and its partner TechnoServe, a nonprofit development organization, will explore how to work with smallholder coffee farmers in Cuba to support sustainability causes. Through its AAA Sustainable Quality Program, which was developed with the Rainforest Alliance, Nespresso works with farmers to achieve sustainability, improve productivity and maintain quality.

For more than two centuries, Cuba has produced some of the world's most-prized arabica coffee. With fertile soil and an ideal climate, the country offers a prime coffee growing environment. Nespresso is purchasing arabica coffee this year that has been produced by Cuban farmers, and said it aims to continue purchasing it in the coming years.

"Nespresso is thrilled to be the first to bring this rare coffee to the U.S., allowing consumers to rediscover this distinct coffee profile," said Nespresso USA president Guillaume Le Cunff. "Over the long-term, we have a view to supporting the development of environmentally sustainable coffee farming practices for smallholder farmers which benefit the farmers themselves and their communities. Ultimately, we want consumers in the U.S. to experience this incredible coffee and to enjoy it now and for years to come."

The U.S. State Department in late April added coffee to its list of goods produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs that can be imported into the United States.