For a memorable taste of Latin-America, consider treating yourself to a Café Cubano!
Cuban coffee can be likened to doing a ceremonial shot at the local bar, only in this case, it’s a coffee bar.
A thimble size shot of “espresso” is a morning ritual for many Cubans and Cuban-Americans.
Cuban-coffee, also called Café Cubano, Cafecito, or simply Cuban Espresso, is a powerful espresso-like drink that originated in Cuba after Italian Espresso machines were first imported.
This style of coffee was originally brewed in a pot on the stove but now, at least in America, the stovetop espresso maker seems to be the brewer of choice for Café Cubano.
It is generally prepared using a very dark roast coffee of your choice, however you may use any coffee you like with pleasing results, providing it’s fresh and properly ground. (espresso grind is best)
Once again, high quality, fresh roasted coffee will certainly give you the most satisfying and memorable experience.
The preparation is very similar to that of stovetop espresso but it’s usually sweetened during the brewing process like Turkish coffee. You won't get the same results by sweetening after the fact.
Feel free to sip and savor this coffee to your hearts content, but if you wish to go the traditional way of Cuba, enthusiasts will tell you that this type of coffee is meant to be "shot" (Hold the lime!) and then savored!
For an excellent step by step "Pic-tutorial" on how to brew Cuban Coffee and Café con Leche (Cuban Coffee with Milk), please click on the I Need Coffee icon below!
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