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cuban coffee

A type of espresso which originated in Cuba after espresso machines were first imported there from Italy.

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Try a Cuban coffee when you're looking for something different.

  • Mar 5, 2010
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If you're looking for something different and sweet Cuban coffee can fit the bill.  Although I am told that Cuban coffee is traditionally a morning drink, for me it qualifies as an evening drink because there is no milk in it.  When I make Cuban coffee I use my regular pump espresso machine although traditionally a stove top espresso maker is used.
Sometimes I use it as a desert drink because of its sweetness.  Here is an article on how to make it.

I like to use Cafe Bustelo espresso.  It can be a great espresso drink with an international flair.

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June 26, 2010
I've never tried Cuban coffee before, but a sweet coffee sounds good, especially for dessert. Thanks for the recommendations!
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Café Cubano ( Cuban coffee, Cuban espresso, cafecito, Cuban pull, Cuban shot) is a type of espresso  which originated in Cuba after espresso machines were first imported there from Italy. Specifically, it refers to an espresso shot which is sweetened with sugar as it is being brewed, but the name covers other drinks that use Cuban espresso as their base. Drinking café cubano remains a prominent social and cultural activity within Cuba as well as the expatriate community.

Cuban-style espresso is made by adding sugar to the container into which the espresso will drip, allowing the espresso to mix with the sugar as it is brewed. Some people believe that this results in a smooth, sweet espresso. A method commonly used to prepare a café cubano is to initially add only the first few drops of espresso to the sugar and mix vigorously. This results in a creamy, light brown paste. The remaining espresso is then added to this paste and mixed, creating a light brown foam layer, espumita, atop the coffee. A proper cafecito can be made using either an espresso machine or an Italian moka pot, macchinetta.
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