Guadeloupe coffee history


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A brief presentation of what Guadeloupe coffee is, where it comes from and why it's so special and probably one of the best in the world! To taste it visit

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Guadeloupe coffee history

  1. 1. Guadeloupe Bonifieur Coffee<br />Presented by<br />
  2. 2. Ever heard of Guadeloupe?<br />It’s a French Caribbean island still under French Governance. They use the Euro and are part of the EU<br />All the above under an average yearly temperature of 28°C<br />The flagship drink is the Ti’ Punch (White Agricultural Rum, Lime and Sugarcane)<br />Banana, Sugarcane, Rum and Tourism are key industries<br />Music is a remedy fro the population<br />They boast many talented athletes, writers and musicians as well as great cuisine.<br />
  3. 3. What about coffee then?<br />This is Gabriel de Clieu.<br />He was the governor of Guadeloupe from 1737 to 1752 and the founder of Pointe-à-Pitre (Main Town).<br />He introduced coffee to Guadeloupe in the 1720s and supported its cultivation.<br />He then took it to Jamaica to be planted in the Blue Mountain District.<br />
  4. 4. Why don’t we know about it?<br />Diseases and hurricanes devastated the plants beginning 1900.<br />With competition from African and South American, Guadeloupe Bonifieur left room for sugar cane and banana cultivation. <br />From 4000 tons produced at the end of the 19th century, only a dozen of tons are produced nowadays. <br />Commercial secrecy as always surrounded the coffee so it’s kept for connoisseur only!<br />
  5. 5. What’s special about it?<br />The coffee is planted on volcanic soil in a tropical climate with shadowy sites.<br />It’s a strain of the Typica de Coffea Arabica “le Bourbon Pointu” from the Java offered to Louis XIV and bred in the Jardindes Plantes. <br />It hasn’t undergone any graft or hybridisation. <br />Has an important presence of an oily substance in the bean composition which is one of the major qualities of the variety<br />The coffee is shadow-grown under banana trees <br />The wet method is used for fermentation and all the berries that float are disposed of. <br />The drying is made “en parche”. The final selection of the beans is mainly handmade to offer a homogeneous coffee. <br />
  6. 6. What does it taste like?<br />Guadeloupe Bonifieur has a very delicate aroma. <br />Very low acidity <br />Professional roasters had a lot to say about it :<br />“This is a man's cup.”<br />“I really like how this cup sits.”  <br />“Appealing mouthfeel; like the texture.” <br />“Love the mouthfeel.”<br />A bit of tobacco aftertaste<br />Thumbs up!  This coffee had broad appeal.  <br />“This definitely has the mark of a great island coffee.”<br />
  7. 7. Why us it called Bonifieur?<br />It’s called Guadeloupe Bonifieur because of its high quality.<br />In the past, it was used to enhance lower quality blends. <br />The name Bonifieur comes from the French “to improve”, and is derived from the coffee’s enhancing qualities. <br />
  8. 8. Where can it be found?<br />A few roasters provide Guadeloupe Bonifieur<br />Guadeloupe:<br />The COPCAF under the Mont Regard Brand<br />Domaine de Vanibel<br />Domaine de la Griveliere<br />Cafés Edouard et Chaulet<br />France:<br />Malongo also know as Rombouts<br />The coffee can be found in selected outlets in France (Le Bon Marché, Christian de Montaguere, Fauchon...)<br />
  9. 9. What about the Green Stuff?<br />CaribGourmet is the official exporter of Guadeloupe Bonifieur Green Coffee in the European and American Region.<br />We supply coffee merchants, importers, distributors and roasters in the UK and US<br />We offer a prompt service, and low minimum order quantities.<br />
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