Hosted by Robin Sussingham
Making a delicious café con leche before the days of refrigeration and keeping cigar makers fueled was a coordinated effort. Rodney Kite-Powell tells us how they pulled it off.
During the peak of Tampa’s cigar industry, the workers rolled out more than 4 million cigars annually. The cigar workers were stimulated with copious amounts of Tampa-style café con leche. It’s full of sugar, flavor, and caffeine, which helped keep workers at their stations rolling tobacco leaves all day long.
Rodney Kite-Powell, historian at the Tampa Bay History Center, shares the recipe that makes the Tampa recipe stand out.
“In Tampa’s history, it’s almost one of those cultural paragons, one of those things that has fueled the city for well over 100 years,”
– Rodney Kite-Powell, Historian
Tampa Bay History Center