How to Make Cuban Coffee

The number one complaint most moms have when their kids are very young is sleep deprivation. At least, that’s my main complaint. I love my children but sometimes it feels like they are on a mission to make sure I get as little sleep as possible. One will wake up in the middle of the night and take a while to settle back to sleep, and just as I’m drifting back to dreamland myself the other one will wake up ready to party. It’s tough.

Thankfully we have a little secret weapon here in Miami that helps us wake up on those groggy mornings. I’m talking about Cuban coffee. You may think your cup of American coffee is amazing, but that’s probably because you haven’t tasted the jolt of a cafecito. Latina moms know what I’m talking about. Whether it’s cafe con leche, a cortadito, or a colada, we love it and are so very thankful for it.

Read on for a step-by-step guide to make your own delicious Cuban coffee.

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  • The Materials

    The Materials

    Make sure you have all the materials you need: stovetop espresso maker, metallic cup, spoon, sugar, and Cuban coffee.

  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Fill up the base of the espresso maker with water up to the line etched inside.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Insert filter/strainer into the bottom part of the espresso maker and pack it tightly with Cuban coffee. Place inside and screw on the top part of the espresso maker.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    Place the espresso maker on the stove top, leave the top open.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    Take the little metallic cup and put about 1.5 TBSP of sugar (more or less to your taste).

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    Watch the coffeemaker closely for the first few drips of coffee to appear.

  • Step 6

    Step 6

    Mix the first drips with the sugar in the metallic cup. You must stir very quickly and get a paste-like consistency.

  • Step 7

    Step 7

    When the rest of the coffee is ready stir it into the silver cup.

  • Final Step

    Final Step

    Serve and enjoy.

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