Puerto Rico is rightfully known for its fine rums. It has years of history there, and along with the numerous factories producing it, I can’t think of any other type of rum that I’d rather have. However, rum can sneak up on you quickly, and the next morning after a “drinking binge”, you might just be hurting a bit. During a recent vacation in San Juan, I learned this rather hard lesson, but am thankful to Yaucono Coffee for making it less painful. A good strong cup of coffee will help you with a hangover, although of course not drinking at all won’t lead to this problem. Yet when in Puerto Rico, you have to try the rum, and therefore need a remedy the following day.
This is how I discovered Yaucono. I walked or “stumbled”, into a grocery store near my hotel, and asked, “What’s the strongest coffee you got?” A young lady reached for a eight ounce bag of Yaucono, which cost me only $2.50. I figured it wouldn’t be that great, but as soon as I brought the bright yellow bag of its contents back, I was delighted by its “performance.” Don’t drink this anytime but in the morning, unless you want to experience coffee induced insomnia. This is perhaps one of the strongest cups of coffee I’ve ever had, and you do not want to hit the “bold” button on your coffeemaker. It is more than strong or “fuerte” enough, and on days that I wasn’t hungover, I was impressed by how much quicker I was “able to get going.”
Even with its strong properties, this is also a delicious cup of coffee. There’s a certain bit of smokiness to it, yet there are some notes of berries and chocolate. A rare combination indeed, but I like how refreshing it as well, requiring no water to drink along with it. Its very complex, and one morning I did pair it with a cigar, with outstanding results. Its a must have cup of coffee, for those who value strength, along with quality. Yet for its refined flavors, I’m surprised by the low price. It is certainly comparable to much higher priced “premium” coffees, that are sold for sometimes up to three times its cost.
I brought a whole bunch of the yellow bags of Yaucono home with me. As soon as I run out, I’m going to New York City, where there’s a large Puerto Rican population and stores that carry it. If not, I’m going to order it online, and you can find it through a whole host of retailers. Its one of the best coffees I’ve had, and it is certainly the strongest. While payback for a night of drinking rum is to be expected, this coffee certainly helped in making it less painful, and on sober days its a delightful treat in the morning. Try it with a cheese pastry, as that seems to be the best combination of food with this particular brew. Yaucono is truly a excellent product, and I fully recommend it.