This is an authentic Cuban Coffee Recipe, or Cafecito, that will fill your taste buds with a mix of strong espresso and foamy sugar. I lived in Florida many years and I have always raved about the Cuban coffee. Not only is it strong and fills you with energy, but it taste incredible.
There is no other stronger coffee than Cuban coffee. It is actually the reason why most Cubans drink their coffee with sugar, because Cuban coffee is SO strong! My Cuban friend Alexa used to make it for me often when I would visit her. I love drinking coffee in the morning but more than anything, I love having is as a dessert after a nice meal. Nothing better than ordering a coffee after a heavy meal to help your digestion!
What makes Cuban coffee a Cuban coffee?
Cuban coffee is a strong, dark roast espresso that is super bitter, which is why it is customary to make espuma. Espuma is the mixture of the sugar and the first drops out of an espresso. To make espuma, you blend the sugar and the espresso vigorously until it creates a light brown paste. I used Café Bustelo.
What kind of sugar do you use?
I prefer using granulated sugar as opposed to brown sugar. You can most definitely use brown sugar – be aware it will produce a much thicker espuma. It is up to you, both are delicious.
How to make this Cuban Coffee Recipe
Fill your espresso maker with water and ground espresso according to the pots directions. Place the pot on the stove at medium-high heat and brew the espresso.
In a measuring cup or silver bell creamer cup, add the sugar. When those first few drops of espresso come out, pour into the sugar. You gotta use the first drops because they are the most concentrated!
Keep brewing the coffee and meanwhile stir the sugar espresso mixture vigorously into a light brown thick foam. Use a few drops at a time and intensely stir for 2 straight minutes until the mixture turns into a pale caramel colored paste. Pour the rest of the coffee into the measuring cup and combine. Serve into espresso cups and enjoy!
Having this coffee after a nice cuban meal is key! Below are some cuban meals I have made:Print