Same here, minus the milk. Our friends in the campo grow a little bit of coffee and are always happy to share. Dominican coffee doesn't have the hipster-based fame of some other countries, but I find it delicious.
You can get it in the campo. Many mountain communities have a few folks who grow it. There's usually a local that'll roast it for you too. Good stuff - either black, or with a little cacao, nutmeg, or cinnamon added.I believe that ,out `Dominican` coffee is not Dominican at all. I think that they only provide 10% of their own beans, the rest is imported. Largely from Vietnam
Speaking of coffee beans, I have only seen Cafe Santo Domingo and Induban beans, not Monte Alto or Mama Ines (sp??). Any other good beans out there? What happened to Monte Alto?
Cobraboy said it all...
There is, however, Café Melo, which is sometimes available. Their coffee is truly fantastic, but supply is very limited. I have seen it in Bravo at, like, RD$320! and it flies off of the shelves..
I think we are at least a year or two for the new crops to appear on Dominican mountainsides. It is a shame, because the "real" Dominican coffees are far superior to most others...
And, like AE says, home roasted coffee beans are truly a dream come true...
320 pesos per pound for great coffee is a gift, given the fact that better grades of Blue Mountain run you 2500 pesos per pound.
Prior to the coffee rust, coffee from the Juncalito environs was exported to Jamaica to be processed as "Blue Mountain Coffee" because jamaica does not have the quantity of high-end quality to meet the demand.
Coffee from the Juncalito area is among the highest quality on the planet with entire crops sold out years in advance.