The Caribbean is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant music, and delicious food. However, the region is also home to some of the world's best tea and coffee. Caribbean tea and coffee have a unique flavor profile that sets them apart from their counterparts around the world.
Tea in the Caribbean
Tea has been a part of Caribbean culture for centuries and has been used as medicines and herbal remedies for generations like ginger tea, Bissy tea and Cerasse tea. Today, the Caribbean produces several types of tea, including herbal, green, and black tea.
Making your own Bush tea is still a common practice in Caribbean and African culture. It can be made from a blend of different herbs, roots and leaves including lemongrass, soursop leaves, cinnamon, mint, ginger and many others. It is believed to have medicinal properties and is used to treat everything from colds to stomach ailments.
Another popular type of tea in the Caribbean is sorrel tea. Sorrel tea is made from the dried flowers of the hibiscus plant. It has a tart, slightly sweet flavor and is often served cold with a splash of rum during the holiday season.
Coffee was first introduced to the Caribbean in the early 18th century by French settlers. Today, the Caribbean produces some of the world's best coffee, with Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee being one of the most sought-after varieties and many people in the Caribbean still pick and dry their own coffee.
Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is grown on the slopes of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. The coffee is known for its mild flavor and lack of bitterness, which is due to the high altitude and cool climate in which it is grown.
Saint Lucias Green Gold coffee has a unique flavour blend that is difficult to find outside of this beautiful Caribbean island. This special coffee that is carefully grown in the lush, fertile, volcanic soil of Saint Lucia, has a memorable flavour that our customers truly love - many of whom first tried the coffee whilst holidaying on the island. This gem of a coffee can be purchased in the UK from the Culture Club Shop.
Another popular Caribbean coffee is Cuban coffee, which is made by brewing finely ground espresso beans with sugar to create a thick, sweet coffee that is often served in small shots.
The Caribbean is also home to several small-scale coffee farms that produce high-quality, organic coffee. These farms often use traditional farming methods, such as shade-grown coffee, which helps to preserve the region's natural ecosystems.
Caribbean tea and coffee offer a unique flavor profile that is unlike any other tea or coffee in the world. From the tart, slightly sweet sorrel tea to the mild and smooth Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, the Caribbean's tea and coffee culture is a must-try for any tea or coffee lover.