Café Bustelo

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Café Bustelo
Founded1928; 91 years ago (1928) in The Bronx, New York, United States
FounderGregorio Menendez Bustelo
ParentThe J.M. Smucker Company

Café Bustelo is an American coffee brand owned by the J.M. Smucker Company.


Gregorio Menendez Bustelo (born June 21, 1894) traveled from his native Spain to Cuba as a young man, and moved to the United States in 1917.[1] He founded the Café Bustelo coffee company in The Bronx, New York in 1928.[2] His product became popular among Cuban exiles who preferred to prepare it in espresso coffeemakers rather than the then-common method of filtering it through a coffee "sock".[3] The company remained successful throughout the 20th century, and was known for its distinctive yellow and red cans.[2]

Bustelo gained a particular cachet among artistic and hipster subcultures in the 1990s and 2000s. It is referenced by name in the song "Today 4 U" from the 1996 musical Rent.[2]

Café Bustelo was purchased by Rowland Coffee Roasters of Miami in 2000.[2] Rowland was acquired by the Cuban-American Souto family the same year, and sold to the J.M. Smucker Company in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ White, J.T. (1969). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. p. 346. Retrieved May 4, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d Sisario, Ben (April 24, 2009). "Out of the Bodega and Onto the Scene". The New York Times. Indio, California. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Rodriguez, Francisco; Rodriguez, Leonardo; Verdeja, Sam (January 20, 2012). "Entrepreneurs: The Pioneers". In Verdeja, Sam; Martinez, Guillermo. Cubans, an Epic Journey. Reedy Press. pp. 283–284. ISBN 9781935806202. Retrieved May 4, 2017 – via Google Books.

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