Saturday, December 31, 2016
Super Lujo-Grande in Havana
The béret du jour is my Super Lujo-Grande in Sahara and on a drizzly day in Wellington, it feels right at home at the Havana Coffee Works!
The quest for a good coffee has taken Geoff Marsland and Tim Rose, the founders of Wellington’s Havana Coffee, around the world; mingling with Cuban spies, tagged as terrorists and welcomed by Havana’s Communist elite.
Geoff and Tim introduced New Zealand’s to its first (self-build) fluid-bed, hot-air roaster. The result is a roast that preserves both the integrity of the beans’ natural flavors and their high caffeine content. Though not for the faint of heart, Havana Coffee is good and strong.
They’ve come a long way since the 1980s, now the largest boutique roaster in NZ and supplying most cafes in Wellington, the world’s coffee capital, with their beans.
It’s the official supplier of South Pacific Berets and does awfully well in the Attitude Coffee Cups!
Timor Leste president Taur Matan Ruak with Havana Coffee Works managing director Geoff Marsland.