New Year, New Places

As far as I know, people in the world are divided in two: Coffee lovers and tea drinkers. You might have noticed the choice of words. People who drink coffee have a relationship with the brew, while tea drinkers just exercise an option. I think.

I am obviously not as passionate about tea, as I am about coffee, and my admiration of the amazing bean quantum leaped after visiting a coffee plantation. I grasped the considerable hardship and vast expertise invested in my morning cup, as I climbed the flanks of the mountain, to reach the elevation where the bushes were precariously growing berries, to be hand-picked, then carried down the slopes, dried, sorted, roasted, wow.  

One of my most favorite world coffee brands is Lavazza, previously unavailable here. But things have changed, effective today, with the opening of Oscar’s Market at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino – Lavazza has a new home in Aruba.

Named after the late, visionary Oscar Henriquez, you may get Lavazza espresso in the new lobby café, and enjoy the mix of Central and South American Arabica beans which create the rich dark roast with strong, fragrant flavor and aroma. It will sputter out of a gleaming new espresso machine, before you very eyes!

You may also buy some coffee at the cute market, which is suitable for your home drip coffee maker or a French press.

The late Luigi Lavazza pronounced laˈvattsa, in Italian, founded his business in Turin in 1895, as a small grocery store. It is today a global empire with 2,700 worker-bees, still headquartered in Turin, Italy

I checked the Menu of Oscar’s Market: Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte in 4 different sizes and many styles including some made with Lavazza Tierra Brasile 100% Arabica Espresso – a premium blend that comes from the marriage of two selected coffees, Arabica and Cereja Passita.

Then there is a Cappuccino Frappe menu board listing beverages served with or without coffee and sinful liquor shots, Hot Chocolates, Chai and five varieties of Lemonades.

Best of all the Gelato, Dulce De Leche, Ferrero Rochet, Oreo, Pistachio, plus, plus, with TIPSY varieties such as Italian Amaretto, Crema Rum, Lemon Tequila, and Sangria Rose.  

Open from early morn!   

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December 28, 2018
Rona Coster