Black Haitian Coffee

Have you had the opportunity to experience Haitian coffee?  If you have, you know that it’s typically sweet, black coffee.  A few weeks back, while we were out in the village, I was able to watch the different steps it takes to make Haitian coffee.

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The first step is to cook the coffee beans and sugar together. This coats the coffee beans making them look almost like asphalt. Once it cools, it creates a hard clump of coffee and sugar, as shown in the picture.

Next, it the coffee gets placed in this

Next, the coffee is placed in this large grinder called ‘pilon manch’ in Creole.  The long wooden stick is smashed down on the coffee, slowly turning the beans into grounds.

This particular gentleman amazed me. Although its right limbs were severely handicapped and unusable, he

This particular gentleman amazed me. Although his right limbs were severely handicapped and unusable, he was still willing to serve however he could. If I was in his shoes, I would be perfectly willing to leave this job to someone “more capable”. But the joy on his face, knowing that -even in the small things- he was still valuable, really showed.

 

The finished product! It took around 15 minutes to grind about 5 cups of coffee.

The finished product! It took around 15 minutes to grind about 5 cups of coffee.

 Here’s a short Youtube showing the process

 

One thought on “Black Haitian Coffee

  1. Claudia and Wayne Strahm says:

    Through the years,our family has enjoyed excellent Haitian coffee. It is a treat when we have gone to work on a team, to experience this rich flavorful coffee. While we know everything is more difficult in Haiti, we did not ever watch the process of coffee making. Thanks for the post. Wayne and Claudia

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