Haitian coffee, famous for its rich taste and various aromas, has been a staple of Haiti since its colonization by France in the 17th century. With some of the world's best Arabica Typica plants growing on its highest mountains, Haiti was responsible for half of the world's supply of coffee in the late 1700's.
Hurt by natural disasters, U.S. led embargoes and political unrest, the Haitian coffee production decreased largely in volume. That's when Brazil moved in and took control of the world coffee market.
Today, Haitian coffee is making a comeback on the global market as one of the finest coffee in the Caribbean, if not "THE" finest.
Once upon a time, the tiny island nation of Haiti--then still a French colony--produced 70 percent of the world's coffee, and it remained one of the top exporters of the bean for over 200 years. Haitian coffee is one of the most unique, intoxicating gourmet coffees on the planet. It's organic, sustainably grown and has been described as "rich, opulent, and sweetly low-toned." Unless you've traveled to Haiti, however, you've probably never tasted this liquid gold. Why? The gourmet coffee scene really took off in the late 1990s. Before that, there was only a small market for exceptional beans, and in the 1980s and early 1990s the worldwide coffee market was in a slump. Bean prices plummeted. Haiti was in...