Aug 01, 2014
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Toppa Top 10: Miami’s Best West Indian Eats


Words by Jesse Serwer and EchoSlim/Photos by Kevin Ornelas, Daison Osbourne, Martei Korley, Kolya Barnes and Erik Ebright—

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Sak Kafe: Haiti’s Kafe Kreyol is the Best Coffee You Never Tasted

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Chances are, if you have never been to Haiti, you have never tried Haitian coffee. Unlike other coffee-producing regions such as Colombia, Jamaica and Indonesia, coffee growers in Haiti produce mainly for domestic consumption, not export. Though Haiti was the world’s largest coffee producer (in the late 1700s, when Haiti was the most profitable colony on the planet, it was responsible for something like half of the world’s coffee) making its coffee growers, by and large, never modernized their plantations to accommodate mass production. While this means less cash has trickled into the Haitian economy through the profitable industry (all of Haiti’s coffer is Arabaica, the high-quality bean used in gourmet coffees), the silver lining is that coffee from Haiti may be the most authentic in the world. “We kept the original tipica tree,” Douglas Wiener, the fourth-generation grower behind popular brand Cafe Selecto, said in this video interview. “When you drink coffee from Haiti, it’s like drinking coffee from 200 years ago.”

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Ground Provisions: Keith Reed, The Conch Man of Miami

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos Al Diaz/Miami Herald—

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It doesn’t get any more Bahamian than conch salad. But the best conch salad around might just be in Miami.

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Toppa Top 10: The Ten Best Caribbean Eats in NYC


Words by Jesse Serwer/LargeUp—
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Ground Provisions: Cooking With Suzanne Couch


Words by Chenee Daley, Photos by Carlo Less—

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All Food Everything: Trinidad James Eats Doubles

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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As previously established, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James might rhyme and talk with a thick Southern drawl but he reps his homeland of T&T to the fullest. The MC’s breakthrough video, for “All Gold Everything,” dripped in Trini colors (even as it was shot in Clayton County, Georgia) while the visuals for his follow-up single, “Females Welcomed,” were shot in Port of Spain during Carnival season. So it’s hardly surprising that Mr. James goes to bat for Trini food, too. It would be hard not to, we suppose. From doubles to bake and shark, it’s one of the richest (and most slept-on, in our opinion) cuisines around.

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