The Interpretation and Information Centre for Coffee Plantation Cultural Heritage (Centro de Interpretación y Divulgación del Patrimonio Cultural Cafetalero) housed in Casa Dranguet, was fundamentally created to provide information on, and primarily promote, coffee-related culture around the world, in Cuba and especially in Santiago de Cuba.
The building was renovated and equipped to its current state thanks to funding from the European Union, the Malongo Foundation and the Conservation Office of the Town of Santiago de Cuba.
In addition to creating an ideal location for art exhibitions, combined with a pleasant patio (Café Dranguet), where visitors can enjoy a delicious coffee, the Centre is actively involved in research, aiming to ensure the recognition and protection of heritage, primarily focusing on coffee, the French presence, and the protection of our most authentic cultural traditions.
Two annual events are organised on this basis. To date, both have been attended and supported by renowned specialist and institutions from the town: the Coffee Plantation Culture Day: heritage for the future, in December and the Colloquium on the French in Cuba and the Caribbean, as part of the Caribbean Festival.
Both provide a speaking platform for specialists, who contribute to studies on coffee in Cuba, and particularly in Santiago de Cuba, from their respective perspectives.
The Interpretation and Information Centre for Coffee Plantation Cultural Heritage (Centro de Interpretación y Divulgación del Patrimonio Cultural Cafetalero) also includes its own Information and Documentation Centre where printed and electronic texts, mainly relating to coffee plantations and the French presence in Cuba, are available, although information on other topics can also be found. The office for the Los Caminos del Café is also located at this site.
From the very start, the Centre has highlighted and focused on providing information, not only on the activities of the institution or the Los Caminos del Café project, but also on all aspects of coffee plantation culture and tourism in Santiago de Cuba. We are present on social media such as Youtube Twitter and Facebook, with pages for both Casa Dranguet and the Los Caminos del Café project.
In December 2016, we launched the Casa Dranguet official website, which provides an electronic means of distributing information. The page is broken down into several sections: the cultural activities of Casa Dranguet, the Interpretation and Information Centre for Coffee Plantation Cultural Heritage, a scientific institution, topics relating to the Conservation Office of the Town of Santiago de Cuba and finally, news and articles of relevance for international tourists. This website is also a key means of communications, using the contact form contact form, or by asking specialists directly.
We also maintain close relations with media sources in Santiago de Cuba and other regions. We can both provide information and assess the content of newspaper articles and other reports, e.g. radio and TV programs and documentaries focusing on coffee plantation culture and heritage.