Haitian Coffee Break

Enjoying Haitian Coffee

Being a coffee connoisseur is becoming as serious and respected a label as that of wine sommelier. Coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up. With hundreds of origins and flavors of coffee to choose from, it’s helpful to know a little more about our specialty coffees, in order to fully appreciate them.

The distinct flavors, highlights and accents of the vast array of specialty coffees are more fully present when carefully paired with the foods which complement them. Haitian coffee is particularly suited to be enjoyed this way. 

In general, coffee can be classified into three main categories of light, medium and dark , with light being paired well with sweet fruits and hard cheese. Medium-bodied coffees are best combined with a wide range of light foods like poultry and pastries, while dark pairs the best with heavier, richer fare, like spicy foods and dark chocolate. 

Haitian coffee gets its distinct flavor from the climate in which it is grown, as well as from the farming methods used in the country. Since Haiti has numerous micro-climates with varied geographical landscapes and altitudes, various strains of coffee are able to thrive there –– from the full-bodied, low-acidity coffees that take on the flavor of nuts and dark chocolate, to the light-bodied, higher-acidity coffees, with their sweet, fruity flavor.

The distinct characteristics of Haitian coffee are usually described as rich and medium-bodied, while being smooth, soft and sweet.

So, how do you make the most of this flavor?

Luckily, these characteristics make Haitian coffee one of the more versatile specialty coffees available. If you like to drink coffee with savory dishes, Haitian coffee can best be enjoyed with poultry, fish, and lightly seasoned vegetables.

To enjoy it with a sweet dish, it is best paired with berries and stone fruits, or even better, pastries baked with stone fruit. What sounds better than Haitian coffee with a good peach cobbler? In fact, most pastries will complement this coffee very well. Its rich undertones also make it pair well with nuts and mild cheeses, making it one of the perfect coffees for any tea time treat. 

Another great thing to know about typical Haitian coffee is that it is mostly grown without the use of chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers, with the label of Strictly High-Grown Washed being the highest quality Haitian coffee exported.

Black gold in your back yard: why you're missing out on the best coffee you ever had

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 the midst of political and social upheaval, and the economy tanked. Many Haitian producers switched to food crops such as beans or yams, even going so far as to cut down their coffee trees to make more room for these crops. When the gourmet market began booming, Haiti was left behind.

Today there are many organizations working with Haitian coffee farmers to make coffee a viable export again. New trees are being planted. Farmers are learning new techniques to improve production. Haitian coffee is finding novel outlets through high-end chefs like Eric Ripard and Daniel Boulud, but it is still difficult to find.

That's a shame. Haitian coffee is spectacular in taste, but it's also a trip back in time. All of Haiti's coffee is Arabica and derives from the original trees brought to the island of Martinique in the 1720s. Coffee farming has changed little in the three centuries since, and the trees themselves are virtually unchanged from those original trees. Drinking Haitian coffee is like drinking coffee from 300 years ago, and that in itself is pretty amazing.

Thanks to the Internet, you don't have to travel to The Four Seasons in New York to experience this unique coffee. Kafe Pa Nou--"Our Coffee," in Haitian Creole--offers Rebo and Café Selecto roasts for a taste of real Haitian coffee.

Launch of Haitian coffee «KafeTowo» in Florida

Thursday, September 25th 2014 the Consulate General of Haiti in Miami, in collaboration with the company Kafepanou.com  & Geo Wiener S.A. proceeded to Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami, to the official launch of coffee "Towo Suprême" cultivated, roasted and packaged in Haiti by Geo Wiener S.A. which will be sold in five shops of the Walmart chain in South Florida (Miami Gardens, North Miami Beach, Miramar, Lake Park, and Kendall)

The ceremony was an opportunity to present to the public this Haitian coffee and to educate consumers on the efforts of businesses in Haiti to provide quality products that meet international health standards.
Click on the link below to see more pictures of the Towo Launching.

first flavored coffee from Haiti Available Now | Mokafe

Geo Weiner S.A in partnership with Agritech introduced to the public the first flavored coffee from Haiti. Adding a touch of fantasy to your favorite beverage, Mokafe offers a variety of original and  exotic flavors. Discover Mokafe by immersing yourself in a unique experience that will tickle your senses and taste buds in a constantly renewed pleasure.

 

Enjoy- find your flavor and share with friends!

Haitian Carnival 2014

If you didn't know....

Gonaives, Haiti will host the 2014 National Carnival. This is a great time to learn, dance and visit our beautiful country.

If you want to learn more about the Haitian Carnival, please visit www.plezikanaval.com

For those who won't be able to make it, you can buy some coffee at www.kafepanou.com and sip some while enjoying it on TV or Computer.

 

 

Message from our Chief Operating Officer

As Fabien and I were drinking coffee this morning, we talked about where we are with Kafe Pa Nou.  After just four months, we have begun to develop a strong customer base that truly enjoys drinking the finest coffee in the world.  We are so excited about Kafe Pa Nou and are very grateful for the continued support.

When we started the company, we wanted to spread the word about #HaitianCoffee and create the demand for it.  As we head in that direction, we want to make sure we convey our message about the importance of buying Kafe Pa Nou Haitian coffee.  Not only is it some of the best coffee on the market, buying Haitian coffee through Kafe Pa Nou directly impacts the livelihood of Haiti and the farmers who work so hard to grow naturally organic coffee beans.  The difference in our coffee versus other Haitian coffee is that ours is classified as Direct Trade.  We work directly with roasters who in turn work directly with the Haitian coffee farmers.  This, not only improves the quality and value of the coffee itself, it increases the sustainability of the farmers.

While we are beginning to realize the success of our venture, our job is not done.  We want to spread the word about Kafe Pa Nou and our message.  To do this, we need your help.  By liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, sharing our posts or even introducing our coffee to a friend or co-worker, we all can spread the word about our Haitian coffee.  Every coffee purchase on our website is a step closer to a stronger Haiti by providing more jobs for the farmers and helping to strengthen the Haitian economy.

Did you know that in the late-1700s Haiti grew half of all the coffee in the world?  That is a tall order by today’s standards but we believe that the coffee industry is poised to bring change to Haiti and create sustainable jobs.  Plus, once you drink Haitian coffee, you will be hooked.  It has a unique and delicious flavor that is incomparable to any other.  We believe in Haiti’s future because the #coffee sector can bring change to Haiti by creating sustainable jobs.

Thank you for your business and look forward to your continued support.

 

Jean Rene Faustin

Chief Operating Officer