Cuban Coffee Recipe - How to Make Authentic
There are two methods to making coffee the Cuban way: the
traditional method using a metal stovetop espresso pot, or with an
electric espresso machine. While the stovetop method takes longer,
it's certainly the authentic method. You can find a stovetop espresso
maker at most online Cuban stores.
Prep Time: 5 minutes - Cook Time: 5 minutes - Total Time: 10 minutes
1. Using an espresso machine, add the desired amount of finely
ground coffee, common Cuban-style brands sold in American
supermarkets or Latin grocery stores include Bustelo, Pilon, and
You can also purchase fresh
whole coffee beans from supermarkets, any dark roast Colombian brands will work best
for Cuban coffee. I used to grind whole beans at the store, but you
can find grinders at retail stores for $15.
Do NOT store your ground coffee in a freezer, but do keep it in a
cool place away from sunlight.
2. For every demitasse cup of coffee you plan on making, use a
teaspoon of sugar. The key to Cuban coffee is that it be very sweet.
The trick here is to put the sugar into the glass carafe before you
even brew the coffee.
3. Brew the coffee just as you would an espresso. The coffee will
pour over the sugar in the carafe as it begins to brew. After it is
finished filling the carafe, stir it briskly as there will still be
a little undissolved sugar. Pour the coffee into several demitasse
cups and enjoy.
For Cafe con Leche, simply use 2 parts Cuban Coffee to 1 part
A Note about Cuban Coffee and Demitasse Cups
Can you drink Cuban coffee from a regular-sized cup? Of course. But
I'm definitely one of those people that sticks to drinking it from a
small demitasse cups. I must have a few dozen of them in my
cupboard, and it's a fun experience for me to serve guests using
Some cups I have were gifts, others I bought from
Cuban Food Market. If you can't find Cuban style coffee in your
city, you can buy it online from either the food market or
The Cuban Store (Home & Gifts, Cuban Coffee).
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