Santa Teresa 1796 released a new iteration of bitters to the market.
Cantinero Coffee Bitters is now available exclusively to on-trade in the United States. The brand teamed up with Tales of the Cocktail Bartender of the Year, Julio Cabrera of Miami’s Café La Trova, to create this second iteration in its bitters line. The Cantinero Coffee Bitters is made from cacao, cracked coffee beans, sarsaparilla, and molasses. The sarsaparilla releases flavors of sweet-spicy vanilla, and the coffee beans are carefully cranked rather than ground, to give off a better taste.
The name is a tribute to the Cuban cocktail culture. The word “cantinero” means “bartender” in Spanish. During the 20thcentury, prohibition changed Cuba as many Americans fled to the island to seek the glitz, glam, and booze. That gave a whole new meaning to the word cantinero for the bartending community. From that point on, to be a cantinero, you were the best of the best or the crème de la crème in cocktailing.
Julio Cabrera is known as a master bartender or cantinero. He is also a member of the “El Club de Cantineros de Cuba,” one of the world’s oldest bartender associations. With the bitters’ help, Santa Teresa 1796 and Cabrera aspire to bring the values embodied by cantineros to bartenders across the country.
Visit Santa Teresa 1796’s Instagram page HERE and direct message the account to source the bitters. A brand ambassador will respond to the request.