Nespresso Cubania: A Taste of Cuba in London

CubaniaOne of the highlights of the year at University was the annual college ball, when the college would have been decorated to a secret theme.   It was always a thrill to arive and see what has been done and to be transported to another land or era.

I still do love a good pop up, and am always astonished at how you can be magically whisked away to another place or time.  To celebrate the launch of the Nspresso Cubania coffee capsules I was whisked off to Cuba for a magical evening.  Cubania CollageHaving been driven to an anonymous garage in a back street in Hackney, I had no idea that I was going to step into another country and was greeted by street musicians, a market stall, coffee shop and barber, it felt like I imagined downtown Havana to feel like, one of the guests who had lived in Cuba reported that it even smelt like Cuba.

A traditional Cuban coffee, drunk Cubano style – consists of a ristretto, mixed with a spoon of Cuban cane sugar and then topped with another ristretto.   It is rich, intense, but without bitterness and acidity.  I usually do not like sweetened espresso, but the Cubania capsules made in this way were delicious, very morish and unlike other coffees I have experienced.

On to cocktails made with the Cubania and a Cuban themed dinner – chicken mousseline filled with rabbit ragout, lobster with mango, papaya, spring onion, chilli, ginger and coriander; roasted belly pork with a mojo sauce crispy black bean and pulled pork croquettes and a cuban stuffed tomato, followed by a selection of puddings including a Cuban coffee ice cream. All extremely good!

Cubania is a limited edition capsule available along with the sugar from Nespresso.  Get some whilst you can.

Fuss Free Flavours was a guest of Nespresso.  All opinions are our own.  Cubania Capsules

 

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About Helen

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & writer, photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioning work.

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Comments

  1. It was an amazing event and some absolutely amazing coffee. I never thought I’d like a 13 but I did (with sugar mind you) and so many ways to enjoy it – in a mojito of all things! I’m hoping to learn more about origins and production methods as well as processing.

  2. Always liked the idea of going to Cuba, my sister did and enjoyed it, though not so much on the food front, which somewhat put me off…

  3. That sounds like a fantastic event!

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