Now I pour the coffee into the milk and top with a few spoons full of the espuma. This is what its all about. It is a true art form. If your timing is...
How the art of making Cuban coffee is done. A dear friend of mine showed me this way years ago. We lost him in the late 90's to a car accident that was his fault. I love and miss him dearly. Jose and I worked side by side in a auto repair shop in Miami. We had a hot plate between our stalls on his work bench. We would make it together... he would start it and i would finish or I would start and he would finish. Every time I make Cuban coffee I think of him. Salute! Jose... may you rest in peace.
Step 1: How to make cafe-con-leche (Cuban Coffee and Steamed Milk)
The basics for Cuban coffee. Cafe Bustelo or Cafe Pilon coffee. Sugar. A stove top espresso maker. A Pyrex or similar 2 cup measuring cup. This type of espresso is world renown espresso coffee. It use to be roasted in Cuba many years ago but now is roasted in Miami. http://www.javacabana.com/ check out the "about us" link for some History about Cuban Coffee Roasting. ;-)
Step 2: The heart of Cuban coffee....Sugar
I use 1/3 of a cup of sugar. You can change this to taste. Some restaurants hand you sugar in packets after the coffee is done. That insults someone like me. The sugar is key to making Cuban coffee properly. The sugar must be cooked or "Caramelized" into the coffee. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramelization
Step 3: Gotta have water to make coffee.
Fill the tank of the coffee maker to just under the pressure relief valve. Its about 8 ounces or so.
Step 4: Love the smell of Cuban Coffee.
Load the coffee basket with coffee. Be careful, this coffee is very fine and will get everywhere if you are not careful.
Step 5: Pack lightly.
Do not pack down the coffee too tight. The water passing through it will do that on its own.
Step 6: Coffee is cooking.
Screw the top on and start on the burner. It takes appox 2 mins to start to cook the coffee. Don't leave the lid open unless you are right there to catch it. Don't leave the kitchen or step away too far. It will spray coffee everywhere.