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Get a Taste of Cuba with This Authentic Cuban Coffee Recipe

Buenos Dias Café Cubano – A Cuban Coffee Recipe 

Buenos Dias

All of us are familiar with the magical beverage that is Cuban coffee and many of us, wouldn’t even start our day in the morning until we have had our quota. Many of us have a cup of coffee more out of habit to jump-start our day.

There are many moments in life when we linger over a cup of coffee while chatting with a friend or while preparing a morning snack.

But in Cuba, coffee represents something entirely different and when you decide on drinking Cuban Coffee it is a warm experience, with good morning greetings, a collection of tiny cups, saucers, and a streaming carafe of the best Cuban coffee.

This is accompanied by shared stories, songs, and dreams with one another. Many Cubans are habituated to drinking Café Cubano many times a day. At breakfast, it is consumed in small quantities along with pan Tostado (toasted Cuban bread). It is also had at lunch and dinner. This is followed by a glass of cold water.

A common practice in Cuba is to drink Café Cubano while socializing with friends and family, and all guests are offered a cup as a tradition at a Cuban household. A Cuban coffee recipe is a leisurely drink.

Origins of the Cuban Coffee Recipe

Coffee was introduced to Cuba in 1748 by a man named Jose Antonio Gelabert, a French colonist that came to Cuba at the close of the 18th century. AN became more and more known all over Cuba and the world. The Cuban Coffee recipe became the standard form of coffee for Cubans on the island.

What is Cuban Coffee?

Cuban coffee recipe

Café Cubano is also known as Cuban espresso, Colada, Cuban coffee, cafecito, Cuban pull, and Cuban shot, it is a type of espresso that originated in Cuba. It refers to an espresso shot that is sweetened with natural brown sugar and has been whipped with the first and strongest drops of espresso.


To make The Cuban Coffee Recipe in the comfort of your own home, follow the steps below. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make something so delicious.


  • 2 demitasse or espresso coffee cups


  • Ground coffee (Cuban style), like Café Bustelo
  • Granulated sugar (two tablespoons)
  • Water


  • Mixing spoon
  • 2 Tacita or espresso cups
  • Moka pot (three cups)


  • Pour water into a Moka pot: the pot’s bottom chamber should be filled with sufficient water to the point where it reaches the safety release valve.
  • Coffee should be added to a filter: scoop the ground coffee into a filter until it reaches the top. From there, level the coffee off using your finger without compressing it.
  • The filter should be attached to the Moka pot and placed into the pot’s bottom chamber. Its collection chamber should be screwed on until it is firmly secured.
  • Keep the pot up: the pot should be placed over medium heat. Don’t allow the water to heat up too quickly, as doing so could make the coffee brew too fast, not giving it the robustness that it should have.
  • Filling the cups up with sugar: add sugar (one teaspoon) into each demitasse or espresso cup.
  • Boil water: let the water reach a boil. Doing so will push the water up from the steam pressure and through the coffee grounds, allowing you to collect coffee from the top chamber.
  • Mixing the sugar and coffee (espuma): the pot should be removed from heat after completing the brewing process. Place the coffee into a cup, vigorously stirring the sugar, which will produce an espuma. It will come out slightly frothy and thick. Do the same thing with the other cup.
  • Add remaining coffee: any remaining coffee should be immediately poured into cups before being served.

Cafe Con Leche (Cuban Coffee + Milk)

Cafe con leche

Cafe con Leche (Cuban Coffee with Milk) is a morning beverage made with strong, brewed Cuban espresso, steamed whole milk, and sugar to taste. This coffee drink is usually served with buttered Cuban toast.


  • 1/4 cup Cuban espresso or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar or more to taste
  • Pinch of salt optional


  • Fill your espresso maker with water and ground espresso. Place on the stove at medium-high heat and brew the espresso. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk until very hot. Remove it from the heat and transfer it to a coffee mug. Stir in the sugar.
  • Once you’ve heated the milk and the coffee is ready, start with 1/4 cup of coffee. Pour coffee into the mug and stir until light brown/beige in color.
  • Taste adjust as necessary.
  • If you want to elevate the flavor, you can add a very small pinch of salt to the cafe con leche. Enjoy!


The traditional and favorite type of Cuban coffee is brewed with ordinary coffee beans and sweetened with sugar.

Nevertheless, there are other types of coffee that taste as good.

–Cortadito: It is a café Cubano topped with several tablespoons of steamed milk.

–Colada: It is a larger cup of café Cubano that comes with smaller Cuban coffee cups to serve your guests. This is Perfect for sharing with friends!

–Café con Leche: It is a café Cubano that comes with hot, steamed milk in a separate cup, and you simply pour the milk into the espresso.

 What is special about Cuban coffee?

The most special thing about Cuban coffee is its distinctive dark look and strong taste. The difference between Cuban and other types of coffee is that a raw type of brown sugar called demerara sugar is mostly used. This results in a slightly thicker drink.

In Conclusion-Saborea El Sabor

In Cuba, Café Cubano is not only a drink, it is a symbol of socialization and hospitality. Coffee represents a major way to bring people together. It is a vehicle to share with guests and enjoy special moments with the people you love. It is pleasure, culture, and tradition.

If you are a coffee lover, make sure to try Cuban coffee during your visit to this beautiful Island.

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Gaurav Mongia
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