To live “a lo cubano” is to drink cup after cup of strong, sweet coffee. No day starts without it, and nowhere is that truer than in Havana, the island nation’s capital city.

Volume 3 of Drift magazine tells the story of what it’s like to drink coffee in Havana—past and present, at home and in cafes, according to locals and extranjeros—in a city on the edge of change.

Read my story on Havana’s cafe scene in the December 2015 issue…

The third issue of this exciting new magazine takes us to Havana, as we share thermoses of scarce coffee stretched with powdered peas, tinker with Italian espresso machines in disrepair, meet a band that performs alongside the sound of grinding beans, and get familiar with international power players itching to break into a coffee-growing, coffee-guzzling country on the brink of change.

ééVolume 3 is about what it’s like to drink coffee in Havana, past and present, a palm tree-packed tropical city with as much gusto as the coffee it offers.


Christopher P Baker


Christopher P. Baker, one of the world's most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers has been named by National Geographic as one of the world's foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture. Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 as 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' he has authored more than 30 books, leads tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Edelwiss Bike Travel, and Jim Cline Photo Tours, among other companies, and is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.