Cuban Coffee, How To Make the Perfect Cafecito
Enjoying a Cuban coffee (un cafecito) is a daily ritual for many Latin Americans. I say enjoying because Latins and Americans drink their coffee a little differently.
Americans associate coffee with a quick dash into Stabucks on their way to work, or trying not to burn themselves as they order a cup at the Mc Donald’s drive thru. My grandfather drove a Greyhound bus. Because reststops were only 10 minutes in duration, he had this nifty trick of ordering coffee and spooning in some ice cubes to cool it down quickly.
But when Latins drink coffee, it’s more of a social thing. They take their coffee very seriously. I’ve come to learn that when a Latin offers me a coffee, I should graciously accept. Sharing a coffee for them is like offering you an extended handshake.
At any time of day, at the many Cuban cafes throughout Miami, people line up for café cubano which is served in thimble-sized plastic cups. When ordered for a group, one calls it a “colada”. Cuban coffee is also served at the end of every meal in “tacitas”, which are small china cups.
There is definitely a ritual to making a cafecito. The ingrediants are pretty basic. All you need is: cuban coffee, sugar, an espresso maker, and a metal cup.
Here is how to make the perfect cafecito:
Stay tuned for tips on how to make the perfect cafe con leche.
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