Earlier this week Nespresso released their latest limited edition coffee, the Cubania, with an unparallelled intensity rating of 13 - beating the previous highest intensity rating of 12 held by the limited edition Kazaar. Interestingly the Cubania is not made from Cuban coffee, which I had assumed would be the case when I first heard about it, and is actually a blend of Arabicas with an Indian Robusta steam. The idea behind the Cubania blend is that it has been inspired by the unique Cuban coffee culture and traditions, rather than the coffee itself having Cuban origins.
Having never been to Cuba before, I can't claim to know anything about Cuban lifestyle or traditional coffee methods, but it's clear that the Nespresso Cubania is based on the idea of Café Cubano - an espresso shot brewed with demerara sugar. Indeed Nespresso is recommending that the Cubania is enjoyed with sugar and is selling special packs of brown sugar alongside the Cubania coffee pods.
I love the swirly blue design on the coffee pods!
The Cubania Sucre Roux tube contains 16 sticks of brown sugar portions. Of course it's probably cheaper and easier to use supermarket bought sugar but I couldn't resist this special gift pack (below).
Even though I don't usually drink my coffee with sugar, I decided to give it a try as recommended - adding the brown sugar as it brews, and taken without any milk. I should also add that I was quite wary of the 13 level intensity of the Cubania as I'm wasn't a fan of the strong Kazaar - that was more my husband's cup of... coffee. However, I was delighted to find that the Cubania has a robust, well balanced and smooth flavour, without any hint of bitterness at all.
Overall I enjoyed the Cubania just as much as my husband did, and I'll probably go back soon to buy a few more packs.