David Schooley wrote:
All of the coffee I have ever had in Venezuela was roasted very dark.
They then grind it very fine and make it with an espresso machine,
although they don't call it espresso. It's usually taken very strong and
Then there is cafe con leche, which is also an espresso shot, lots of
sugar, and powdered milk. (Powdered milk is far more popular than fresh
milk in Venezuela. You can get a wide variety of brands in the stores.)
Finally, they also sometimes drink a less strong mixture called cafe
guayoyo. (Sort of pronounced wha-yoyo) :-) It's espresso with extra hot
water added afterwards.
Cafe con leche can be very good, and you can get one almost anywhere you
go, but I always wind up missing a plain old cup of regular coffee.
I never saw anything but ground coffee in the stores there, and it was
all in plastic bags that didn't feel vacuum-packed or anything.
Parts of Venezuela are mountainous, but I don't know if they grow coffee
in those areas or not. (They definitely do grow coffee there though; the
stuff you get in the stores is all domestic.)
You might ask if she can bring back a bottle of Cacique rum. The Cacique
Ron Anejo is excellent. I'd rate it as one of the best mass-produced
rums in the world. (It's much better than Bacardi IMO.) Note that it is
not a white rum, but I don't like white rum anyway. :-)
Oh, Venezuela is also a sugar-producing country, and cane sugar is far
less expensive than corn syrup (if you can even get corn syrup there).
So Coca-Cola never changed their recipe there and Venezuelan Coke is
like US Coke used to be in the good old days.
Some Ron, some Coke, and a little Limon (lime) and you're drinking a
classic Cuba Libre the way they used to be when Americans could go to
the clubs in Havana. :-)