The Story of Georgina
Excerpt from: “Bacardí and the Long Fight for Cuba”
Inevitably, Emilio Bacardí again became a target of Spanish suspicions. One day in May 1896, a unit headed personally by Santiago’s police chief showed up at Emilio and Elvira’s house to carry out a search for anything that might link them to the rebels. Emilio had just written a series of coded letters to Maceo, Pérez Carbó, Emilito, and other rebels, and he was waiting for a courier to pick them up. If they were discovered, it could mean a death sentence for Emilio and prison for the rest of his family. Alerted that the police were headed their way, Emilio and his family scrambled frantically to hide the letters. It was a trusted black servant named Georgina who calmly suggested an idea. “Don Emilio, give me the letters,” she said. “I’ll get them out of the house.”
Georgina, who had been with the Bacardí Family for more than thirty years, was holding Lalita, Emilio and Elvira’s baby girl, and Elvira suggested that she put the letters under Lalita’s hat when she went out. Emilio’s teenage daughter María, seeing there were too many to fit in one place, grabbed a few and tucked them down Georgina’s blouse. Just then, the police chief rapped on the front door.
Don Emilio Bacardi on Georgina’s Coffee
In his book: “Hacia Tierras Viejas” Don Emilio talks about his travels to the Old Continent, Africa and North America. He mentions he tried the coffee in Egypt, the coffee in Paris and in other European cities….… His final verdict: “Nothing compares to Georgina’s Coffee”.
Georgina’s photos can be seen in the Bacardi Puerto Rico Visitor Center, near Don Emilio’s desk replica.