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La Casa Dranguet within the coffee culture

By: Alina Veranes
Nov 28, 2022
La Casa Dranguet within the coffee culture

In Santiago de Cuba, a city that faces the Caribbean Sea, located where the central streets Heredia and Mariano Corona converge, Casa Dranguet operates.

It would seem like an irrelevant fact if we were not talking about the center dedicated to the study and dissemination of the history of cultivation and cultural influence of that kind of magical and mythical plant simply named coffee, which in steaming concoction is called by many here the nectar of the gods.

Its importance is even greater than the fact that the Coffee Cultural Heritage is one of the treasures that were forged between mountains and valleys from the end of the 18th century, as happened in the neighboring region that today is occupied by the southeastern province of Guantánamo.

Casa Dranguet, therefore, has the beautiful and necessary commitment to work to safeguard part of the documentation and research on that history, which gave rise to a true empire of orchards or coffee plantations, almost touching the clouds in the high mountains of the Sierra Maestra, fostered initially by French emigrants and their slaves, from Haiti, who arrived in Cuba after the libertarian uprising of the neighboring island.

An old house owned by Don Carlos Dranguet Thomas, the landowner of the Giro, restored for the city's half-millennium celebration, houses the "The Ways of Coffee" project in the center that invites you to enjoy the art and traditions around the aromatic product and other cultural manifestations of the city.

It was an institution founded with the collaboration of the European Union, the Malongo Foundation, and the Office of the Curator of the City of Santiago de Cuba. Open to the public since November 7, 2015, the natives of beautiful Santiago feel very happy with the varied cultural and gastronomic offers, services that also entertain all travelers who arrive at the Historic Center of the city.

It has a permanent exhibition room, with very valuable graphic and documentary information, and hopes to be able to show in the near future phases of the industrial process that transforms the cherry red of nature into the seductive freshly roasted powder, a result obtained through methods of organic agriculture, so necessary for the health of humans and the planet.

What a pity, we did not approach Casa Dranguet in a flash, but we assure you that it is more, because there you will find an incalculable treasure if you are a lover of archaeology, history, legends, in short, of the routes of coffee through Cuba and the world, and if you are also addicted to tasting it in its finest variants.


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