Wednesday, October 12, 2011

how to make delicious cuban (espresso) coffee

if you haven't noticed, i love coffee. and in my area of the country, we drink cuban style coffee. it's basically like the regular espresso but with Latin flavor. or like i would say, it's the cheaper version of making an espresso without the expensive machinery. here goes...

what you'll need: espresso maker. metal cup. small spoon. esspresso coffee (if you can, find Pilon or Bustelo in your area, that's the best choice!)

fill the water cup to the maximum allowed.

pour it into the machine (basic stuff, right?)

take some coffee and put it in the filter cup holder (that thing above) and pack it down with the little spoon. how much depends on how dark you like it. i usually just fill it to the top and add a little more to pack a bit tight. not too much.

while the coffee brews, take the metal cup and put in two spoonfuls of sugar.

here's the tricky part. be sure to pay attention to the coffee and make sure to catch the first drip of coffee with your metal spoon. then put it in the metal cup, over the sugar. don't use too much. enough to help you make a paste out of the sugar.

using your metal spoon, stir the sugar until it becomes pasty.

sort of like this. note: this is a work out, your arm may hurt. just kidding.

this is how it should look. you are almost there. note: if you accidentally over did it with the coffee and it's liquid-y, add more sugar to balance it out. and before you do the next step, discard some of the paste, or your coffee will be too sweet.

when the coffee is all done, pour it into your metal cup. stir it a little.

pour it into a cute little espresso cup (presentation is everything so go get a cute espresso set)

and enjoy!

alright, you are set. and now you wont have to visit Miami for a nice taste of Cuban coffee. 
if you try it please let me know how it goes. I will tell you this, coffee draws people, and they always come back for more, so use with caution. have a good day!


  1. I will say for the record that your coffee is the bestest. :)

  2. yumm perfect post for the caffeine lover that I am. I must try this.

  3. I am going to get an espresso machine and we can make cuban coffee @ camp :-)

  4. @Jennifer that's a great idea. We can actually use any stove top coffee make too, i forgot to mention that on the post. But in case you dont have a way to get one, we can bring a regular stove-top espresso maker (you know, real latin style) :)

  5. I always get stuck in the last part jeje

  6. @Jonathan thats the best part. lol

    can you tell i love doing this?!?!?

  7. well said... like you learned from a master ;) the espumita is no good if you don't get a little bit of a workout

  8. looks delish! i love your tutorial, dear. i do believe an espresso maker is on my christmas list now. and you are so, so right about coffee bringing people. it brings us together, gives us a common ground on which to bond, and warms us up in chilly weather. the best beverage evaaaaa

  9. That's right Jim, I learned from you!! thanks :)

    @Vintch - you are right, coffee brings people together and creates beautiful bonds!

  10. Loved this. We need an espresso machine. I once bought this cheap little electric espresso maker at Walgreens at Christmastime (I know- Walgreens-what was I thinking...) and it was the most awful espresso I had ever had. It truly was horrid.

    Your espresso looked so good. I've only been a couple of times, but I sure do love Miami for cuban sandwiches, their monorail/metro, and espressos!

  11. You make this look so good. I've been wanting an espresso/cappuccino machine and you make me want one even more.

    Thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment. :)

    Emily w/Amazing Grapes

  12. @MBL sucks to hear you had a bad experience. you should totally go for it -- get a new one.

    and if you are ever in town again, please do tell. :)

    @emily thank you for stopping by -- and im totally encouraging you to get the espresso maker!


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