Monday, 2 August 2010

Guadeloupe: the land of Black Gold

How many of you knew that Guadeloupe still produces coffee? Furthermore, how many of you are aware this coffee was one of the best in the world?

My freshly roasted Guadeloupe Bonifieur beans -yum!

Guadeloupe Bonifieur is beautiful. Simply delectable and beautiful. We're not sure you actually can say that about a coffee but no other word could descibe it...beautiful

This coffee has a finesse, smoothness and  uniqueness of a caffeine flavoured caress on your palate.

The traditional way of roasting this coffee is dark. This is the roast the Café Mon regard as well as that of the Domaine de l'Habitation Griveliere went for.

En route to the Doamaine de l'Habitation la Griveliere

Guadeloupe Bonifieur arrived in Guadeloupe at the beginning of the 18th Century. The variety was cultivated in the Reunion Island. It travelled to the Versailles Gardens as it quickly became Louis XIV's favourite. I then travelled to Martinique and Guadeloupe after leaving for Jamaica were it started to be cultivated in the Blue Mountain region.

The cultivation of coffee was major in Guadeloupe but then disappeared after hurricanes and coffee disease epidemies. The harvest of Guadeloupe Bonifieur has been revived in the last 12 years.

A Guadeloupe Bonifieur plant resting under a banana tree

It is now one of the most exclusive coffee products on earth because of its careful production. It's Guadeloupe's Black Gold!

Many brands now roast Bonifieur. Café Edouard have an exclusive range, greatly packaged for great conservation. Behind the Mon Regard is the Cooperative that is responsible for the revival of Guadeloupe Bonifieur. Vanibel also is a great name for Bonifieur with its terroir inspired packaging featuring a jute pouch. And of course the Domaine de la h'abitation Grivelier who also has a Coffee Museum, great site to visit, nestled on the slope of the Soufriere Volcano.
Bonifieur from Cafe Edouard

Guadeloupe Bonifieur from Vanibel
If you are a fan of great coffee, Bonifieur is a must-have. The coffee has a great body,  delicate flowery notes and a very low acidity. It's an anytime-cup that must be savoured with delectation.

We had it every way possible and it's great whether you have it Turkish, filter or with a French Press.

My empty cup Post Guadeloupe-Bonifieur
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We also supply Green Guadeloupe Bonifieur to Premium Coffee Roaster. Please get in touch.

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