How to make an authentic Café Cubano. VLOG by Chaz Chambers

Cuban coffee is a cultural icon for the island filled with a lot of history. Coffee was first introduced to the island throughout the 1700s by early Spanish colonialist and immigrating slaves of French colonies. The way Cubans make coffee has evolved into a unique style of brewing, mixing sugar by default, and enjoying each cup as small espresso coffee.

The current way to make a coffee by the hands of a Cuban still resembles a sort of European nature. Cubans, historically limited in their luxurious purchasing abilities have also lacked many of the cool coffee machines we have all around the world. But, possibly against their own knowing, this could be a good thing for their final product.

Cubans traditionally use what they call a “cafetera” in Spanish, but otherwise known as a percolator in English. This is a unique contraption that holds water, coffee, and the finished product all in one tea kettle looking device. Enjoy this video from Havana Music Tours owner demonstrating how to make an authentic Café Cubano (Cuban Coffee)


Instructions for making a Cuban coffee with a Cafetera.

You will need:

  1. Cafetera or percolator for making coffee
  2. Water
  3. Cuban or other espresso coffee
  4. Sugar, preferably dark and raw organic sugar
  5. Stovetop or hotplate
  6. 15 minutes time
  7. A small cafecito cup or more for your friends

Steps to the perfect Café Cubano

  1. Make sure the cafetera is clean.
  2. Fill the bottom portion of the cafetera with water.
  3. Fill the middle filter all the way with Cuban or espresso style coffee.
  4. Place cafetera on hot stove to begin boiling
  5. After you hear the bubbling and boiling sound, remove the cafetera and place to cool slightly
  6. Immediately stir sugar into the top portion of the cafetera while it is still hot. This is important!
  7. Let cool if you prefer, or begin to pour cafecitos for you and your friends to enjoy.
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