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The Cubans changed the world of coffee drinks over a century ago and today, coffee brands with a Cuban background are still some of the most popular in the world. How do you decide which of these strong, aromatic coffees? We are going to compare Café Pilon vs Café Bustelo, focusing on the types of coffee available. We will start with a little look at how these coffee brands became so popular.
Café Pilon and Café Bustelo Brand History
Café Pilon History
Café Pilon began in the 19th century in Cuba. Owned by the Bascuas family, their reputation grew through word of mouth, so much so that it became the most popular brand of coffee in Cuba. Even when friends of the Bascuas family, the Souto’s became direct competitors, Café Pilon remained the leading brand. In the 1960s, both families moved to Miami. Fast forward a few years and when Manuel Bascuas planned to retire, Café Pilon was eventually bought by Pepe Souto.
Café Bustelo History
Gregorio Menéndez Bustelo also caught on to the Cuban love for coffee. He traveled from his home country, Spain, to Cuba and then onto the US in 1917. He learned from the Cubans about how they filtered their coffee. In America, they were still filtering coffee through a “sock”. So, when Bustelo began filtering coffee the Cuban way, the brand quickly became a favorite with the Cuban exiles.
Café Pilon vs Café Bustelo – Side by Side
The following side-by-side chart reviews the coffee types that Café Pilon and Café Bustelo have.
One thing is the quality and taste of a coffee, another thing is to have a wide variety of options available for every type of coffee lover.
Coffee capsules are one of the simplest ways to get a perfect brew each time.
There are no coffee capsules available with this brand.
Café Bustelo has capsules for Keurig and Nespresso Original machines. There are Café con Leche, Café con Chocolate, Espresso, Columbian, and Brazilian K-Cups. For Nespresso, there is a Café Bustelo Espresso Dark Roast.
Neither brand has branched into coffee flavors as such and kept the focus on Cuban Espresso.
There really are no flavors here other than the Cuban flavor.
You can choose from three iced coffees that come in cans, the Café con Leche, Café con Chocolate, and Café con Dulce de Leche.
Both brands have ground coffee for machines and instant coffee.
In containers, there is the 100% Pure Coffee Espresso, the 100% Pure Coffee Decaffeinated, and Instant Espresso. You can find single-serve Gourmet Instant and Gourmet Decaf Instant.
The ground coffee comes as Espresso Dark Roast, Supreme Style Dark Roast, and Espresso Style Decaffeinated. There are also 3 instant coffees, Freeze Dried, Mexican, and Café con Leche.
If you are looking for the freshest coffee possible, you might want to grind your own coffee beans.
The coffee beans are Pilon’s Gourmet Espresso beans.
The coffee company has Supreme Style Dark Roast coffee beans.
Coffee bricks are ground coffee that has been vacuum-sealed.
There are three types, the 100% Pure Coffee Espresso, a Gourmet Ground Coffee, and a Decaf Espresso brick.
In this case, we have a Dark Coffee Espresso and a Supreme Espresso Style brick.
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