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How to Make Café Cubano with a Moka Pot

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 espressos 1x


This is an authentic Cuban Coffee Recipe, or Cafecito, that will fill your taste buds with a mix of strong espresso and sugar foam.


  • 1/2 cup of dark roast coffee beans (ground to a fine consistency)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (adjust according to your preference)
  • Moka Pot


  1. Fill the bottom chamber of your Moka Pot with water up to the designated fill line. Make sure not to exceed the maximum capacity.
  2. Place the filter basket into the bottom chamber and fill it with the finely ground coffee. Level the coffee grounds, but avoid compacting them too tightly.
  3. Screw the top chamber securely onto the bottom chamber of the Moka Pot.
  4. Place the Moka Pot on a stove burner over medium heat. Ensure that the handle is not directly above the flame or heat source to prevent it from getting too hot.
  5. As the water in the bottom chamber heats up, it will create pressure, forcing the hot water through the coffee grounds and into the top chamber. You will hear a hissing sound as the coffee starts to brew.
  6. While the coffee is brewing, prepare your serving cups by adding the desired amount of granulated sugar to each cup. The sugar is an essential component of Cuban coffee.
  7. Once the brewing process is complete and you hear a gurgling sound, remove the Moka Pot from the heat source immediately to prevent over-extraction.
  8. Pour the brewed coffee slowly and evenly into each cup, directly over the sugar. The hot coffee will dissolve the sugar and create a sweet and frothy mixture known as "espumita." You may want to use a large cup because you will need to stir.
  9. Using a spoon or stirrer, vigorously mix the coffee and sugar together until a creamy foam forms on the surface.
  10. Allow the foam to settle for a few seconds, pour in more coffee, and then give the coffee one final stir before serving.
  11. Enjoy your freshly brewed Cuban coffee while it's still hot. Sip and savor the robust flavors and the sweet creaminess of the espumita.
  12. Note: Cuban coffee is typically served in small espresso cups, and it is often enjoyed in small amounts due to its concentrated strength.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Brewing
  • Cuisine: Cuban


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 6.1
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 2.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.0 g
  • Protein: 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg