Update 2016 - The coffee we buy (I'm the only coffee drinker in the house) is grown in the mountains of Loja Ecuador. It's really good coffee and ground daily downtown in El Centro off of Mariscal Sucre, about 2 blocks off of the Park Calderon. Just start walking down the sidewalk and you'll smell the strong, wonderful aroma of the beans being ground.
When we first moved here we we're paying $3.85 for 450G for the coffee. (see photo below). It is very fresh. You can also buy the beans and grind them yourself for super fresh coffee. It was the same price off of Mariscal Sucre in El Centro too. Not sure about the price now though, we haven't been there in over a year.
|Loja Ecuador grown coffee|
Some people say they like the Cubanito brand Coffee grown in Colombia; they sell it at Supermaxi or Coral. I prefer the Loja "El Tostador" coffee because it tastes much fresher than the Cubanito.
The coffee tastes lousy in most restaurants in Ecuador. Ecuador is one of the main producers of coffee in the world and yet, they serve lousy coffee. What’s up with that? When we first got here we ordered a cup of coffee and we got instant coffee! Yuck! We were very surprised since we had read that Ecuador grows coffee.
Grabbing a good cup of coffee at $.50 cents a cup would be consistent according to our above mentioned rule of 3 & 4, but it’s not to be had.
Update 2016 - Here's something funny, I haven't ordered coffee out in awhile and just last week I asked the waitress for cafe con leche without much thought and she brought me a cup of milk with the jar of instant coffee. LOL, hehehehehe
A lot of people complain about the coffee in Ecuador. Sometimes we read someone recommending a great coffee producer somewhere in Ecuador. But that’s like saying to all people in Texas that there’s good coffee in Dallas.
We hope you enjoyed our update on the coffee in Ecuador. Until we write again...
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