Jun. 23--When an 800-pound batch of coffee beans is roasting at Rowland Coffee Roasters, the pungent aroma clings to workers' clothes and wafts out to the Northwest Miami neighborhood.
Never mind the Anglo-sounding name -- the flavor of the coffee ground and roasted at the Rowland plant is pure Cuban.
Rowland, the largest private coffee roaster in Florida, is the home of the Cuban-style Cafe Pilon, Cafe Estrella, Cafe Souto and Cafe Ideal brands.
The company also roasts Caffe Signore, an espresso blended for the Italian market, and Cafe Alonso, an espresso distributed only to Northeastern institutional customers.
The Souto family, Rowland's owners, have been in the coffee business since 1865 -- first in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, and since 1960 in Miami.
When the family first …