Garapa (var. Guarapa) is the Brazilian Portuguese term for
the juice of raw sugar cane (in some Southern states garapa is better known as
"caldo de cana", cane juice).
Left: Getting the sugar cane juice with
Also known as "guarapo", "guarapo de caña" or
"jugo de guarapo" in various dialects of Spanish, it is very popular
in other tropical countries of Latin America as well. Sugar cane juice is especially
popular among the Cuban expatriate community in Miami, where it is found in
abundance at many locations in Little Havana.
Sugar cane juice is obtained by
crushing peeled sugar cane in a small hand- or electric mill. The drink is often
served cold with a squeeze of lemon or key lime (in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba),
pineapple (Brazil), passionfruit and ginger. Due to its high sugar content it is
rich in calories.
Garapa juice is the primary source of sugar cane derivatives
such as raw sugar (obtained by evaporation and refining),
cachaça or "caninha" and ethanol.