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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 wa...
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 o...
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 l...
Fill the tank of the coffee maker to just under the pressure relief valve. Its about 8 ounces or so.
Load the coffee basket with coffee. Be careful, this coffee is very fine and will get everywhere if you are not careful.
Do not pack down the coffee too tight. The water passing through it will do that on its own.
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 ca...
I like cafe-con-leche. So I typically use a coffee mug and fill it halfway with milk. You can steam the milk if you have a maker that has the tube on ...
This is me cheating in the microwave to steam the milk. I love this mug. My oldest daughter got it for me on her many trips up from college. I typical...
If you are right on top of things you can watch the coffee start to cook and this is when you want to take it off the burner for just a few seconds to...
Now you have a little dab (1-2 tablespoons) of coffee in the sugar. Now we will make the paste. Place the coffee back on the burner to finish cooking....
This is the paste. It should be about the consistency of spreadable frosting. (like the kind that comes in a plastic container ready made). THIS is th...
Now we pour the cooked coffee into the paste and BAM !!! we have ESPUMA !!!
I have seen grown men cry over someone throwing away a cup that still had espuma in it. I have seen old Cuban men dig the cup from the trash to lick t...
Here is the coffee and the paste (SUGAR) cooking together and bonding or "caramelizing" the result is the foam "espuma". As you see about eight ounces...
Now the coffee and the milk are ready.
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...
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