Café Cubano

The secret to Café Cubano is the finely ground, dark roasted coffee itself, or what Cubans call a cafecito.  The two brands favored by Cuban Americans are Bustelo and Pilon. Look for them in Latin markets.

Café Cubano

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For Cafe con Leche use 1 part steamed milk stirred into 2 parts Café Cubano (prepared as above).


  • finely ground Cuban coffee or espresso (as needed)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • water (as needed)


Prepare a 6‑serving stove-top espresso maker according to manufacturer’s directions and brew a pot of strong Cuban coffee or espresso. Put the sugar in a large glass measuring cup and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the hot coffee or espresso. Using a small whisk, beat the sugar with the coffee or espresso until pale and thick and nearly dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining hot coffee or espresso. Let the foam rise to the top, then pour into espresso style cups and serve immediately.