Abuela Mami is a monthly subscription box delivering traditional Cuban foods and treats.
All the goodies arrived within a white sack emblazoned with the box’s logo.
The bag contained everything needed for preparing a wonderful Cuban coffee, just add water and heat.
Cuban Flag Espresso Cup & Saucer Set: My initial thought upon seeing this was, “how nice, a cup and saucer set replete with Puerto Rican flags.” Of course, the flags are very similar (and share a common origin), so I had to double check. This is indeed the Cuban Flag, and the demi-tasse sized cup is perfect for espresso.
Arcor Strawberry Buds Filled Hard Candies: Strawberry candies with a dab of strawberry gel inside. To be used as an after-coffee candy.
Cafe La Caretta Miami’s Famous Cuban Espresso Ground Coffee: Given the difficulty and questionable legality of obtaining Cuban goods in the United States, Miami and its large Cuban population has become the American epicenter of Cuban-style food and drink. This vacuum packed coffee is ground specifically for use in making Cuban style espresso and is produced by Cafe la Carreta, a famous Cuban eatery in Miami.
Conchita Maria Dorada Cookies: Made in Miami, these are the Cuban version of tea cookies, and they are commonly served with coffee as a snack.
Moka Pot Espresso/Coffee Maker: This handsome contraption is designed to make the famously powerful Cuban Coffee. This may be the typical design for a stovetop espresso maker, but having never operated one, the design struck me as an anti-gravity percolator: the water is forced up through the grounds rather than dripping down through them. Complete instructions for making the coffee are available at the Abuela Mami site.
The coffee is secured between two metal punch-hole screens, themselves held firmly between the upper and lower chamber. The boiling water percolates up into the coffee (some passing through; some dripping back down and further concentrating), eventually being forced up through the center pillar into the upper chamber. The result is a very strong and concentrated cup of coffee.
Cubans take their coffee very seriously, so this was a great first box to receive and review. Here is to hoping baked goods are next!
The Description: Monthly subscription boxes of Cuban culture. Hand picked Cuban snacks and memorabilia. The box contains 4-9 items of hand-pick Cuban culture goodies. Food, snacks, coffee, dried fruits, meats, tools, mugs, flags and other Cuban memorabilia. Its a surprise every month.
The Price: $24.95 per month