According to its website, "the origins of Café Pilon can be traced back to 19th century Cuba, where it has been brewed and served with pride for more than 100 years. Coffee was simply coffee during that period of time; there were no brand names, and customer relationships were built on a very personal and word-of-mouth level. But as the years went by and brand names became increasingly important, the Café Pilon brand boomed, quickly becoming the most popular coffee in Cuba."
According to its website, Cafe Bustelo "all started when Gregorio Bustelo, a young man from Galicia, Spain, arrived in Cuba and fell in love with the coffee of the island. Eager to learn, he got a job at a coffee roaster, and after just a few months met the girl of his dreams — a young Cuban woman who shared Gregorio’s passion for coffee…like many others, the Bustelos left Puerto Rico to seek a new life in New York City. They started selling coffee from their home at night, and during the day, Gregorio would sell to neighborhood restaurants. The business prospered, and the brand’s popularity was no longer limited to El Barrio."
According to La Llave's website, "It began over a hundred years ago with our ancestors, José María and Ramón Gaviña. Seeking a better life, the two brothers left their homeland in the Basque region of Spain and traveled to the rich coffee-bearing soil of the southern Cuban mountains. It was on the productive land that their plantation, Hacienda Buenos Aires, began its reputation as the center of the region's coffee community."