If you are a coffee lover whose day starts and ends with Coffee, then Cuban Coffee is something you must try!
Coffee is a beverage that enjoys great popularity with India, China, Russia, and Japan. The moment you leave your home, you would be hard-pressed not to find a cafe or a coffee shop.
Drinking Coffee may be a routine for many people; it is still a luxury for few others. With this fresh passion for Coffee, if you are interested in trying out something unique, flavorful, and aromatic, you should give Cuban Coffee a try. Unfortunately, because of the trade embargo with the United States, most people in America have never tasted Cuban Coffee.
Coffee production in Cuba goes as far back as the 18th century. It was in the mid-1700s that coffee beans were introduced to Cuba. By the end of the century, Cuba started exporting coffee beans to Spain.
In 1956, the Cuban Revolution took place. Because of Jose Antonio Gelabert and the French farmers fleeing the Haiti revolution, coffee production took off. The French way of cultivating and producing coffee beans was introduced in Cuba, and coffee and coffee shop culture was everywhere in Havana.
Despite the rise in popularity of the coffee industry in Cuba in the ’50s, coffee production kept declining in the ’60s, ’70s, and well into the ’80s. The reason for this decline? Small farmers were severely hit due to Castro’s rise and nationalization of coffee production.
In 1962, the US issued an embargo on all imports from Cuba. It was a significant blow to the coffee industry in Cuba. But the worst was yet to come. Because of the decline of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1990, the coffee industry began to wane even further.
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What is different about Cuban Coffee?
Thanks to the French, coffee production and cultivation have been happening in Cuba for hundreds of years. The Sierra Maestra Mountains in the east of Cuba have some of the best climates for coffee production.
Moreover, the soul is reddish-brown, rich with humus, and fertile. So, there is no need to apply any chemical fertilizers whatsoever. It is perhaps why this region provides some of the best Coffee that Cuba has to offer!
What is different about Cuban Coffee is its strong, sweet taste. When it comes to Cuban Coffee was initially done with both Robusta and Arabica beans because both varieties were grown on the island. However, today, Arabica beans are predominantly used in coffee production.
You can use robusta for making instant Coffee because of its low acidity levels and high bitterness. Traditionally, the coffee beans are roasted and then pulverized in a wooden mortar called Pilone and steeped in hot water. The coffee grounds are then strained using a cloth handbag.
How do you make Cuban Coffee?
Cuban Coffee is made by mixing sugar with finely ground dark roasted Coffee even before the brewing process. It is then served in espresso style.
Cuban Coffee is otherwise referred to as Cuban shot, Cuban Pull or Cafecito.
All meals in Cuba are complete only with a coffee. Cuban people partake in Coffee during work breaks. It is a staple along with the people of Cuba. So, if you are a coffee drinker, you will relish Cuban Coffee!
Cafecito is one of the most popular varieties of Cuban Coffee. It is brewed with ordinary coffee beans. Twice as strong as American Coffee, it is served in a little cup.
You can order a Cafe Cubano from any cafe. It is made by mixing with several tablespoons of steamed milk. If you are visiting with friends, and want to share drinks around the table, go with a Cortadito. Coradito means “small cut” in Spanish. The dash of milk helps to cut down the robust flavor.
Colada is a large cup of Coffee with 5 to 6 shots, served in a styrofoam cup. If you want to share your Café Cubano with friends, order this. It is a larger Café Cubano cup with smaller cups to serve your guests.
There is a variant called Cafe Con Leche. It is nothing but an 80/20 blend of Coffee to milk. Also, it comes in a separate cup with hot, steamed milk. All you have to do is pour it into the espresso and enjoy delicious Coffee to your heart’s content! It is delightful, and interestingly enough, it also contains a salt pinch.
The ingredients required to make Cuban Coffee include:
Cuban-style finely ground Coffee, which you can buy online.
3 cup Moka pot.
Sugar (3 tablespoons).
Espresso cups (3 nos.)
A measuring cup.
Make your cup of Cuban Coffee at home by following the below steps. Fill the Moka pot’s bottom with water up to the safety runoff value. Add the Coffee to the filter and remove excess with your fingers rather than pushing it all down and packing it tightly.
Screw together the Moka pot and place it on Medium/Low heat. If you brew too quickly, the flavor will be lost. Once the brewing process begins, remove the pot from the stove. Add sugar along with 2 to 3 ounces of Coffee. Use a spoon to stir the mixture in quick motion till it looks thick and bubbly. Set it aside. Now return the pot to the stove to finish brewing your Cafecito.
Since the pot gets hot very fast, take care not to burn your fingers! Finally, add your Coffee into the cups and then spoon over your espuma.
And that is all! You can now enjoy a delicious cup of Espuma from the comfort of your home when you badly need a caffeine boost!
How strong is Cuban Coffee?
Cafecito or Cafe Cubano is strong, flavorful, and aromatic due to the ground and dark roasted coffee beans. Every 2 ounces of liquid gold has 25mg of caffeine in it.
Cuban Coffee is twice as strong as regular American Coffee!
So, if you like your Coffee strong, this is excellent news! Served in Tacitus, which are nothing but small cups, you can have it at the end to round up a meal.
Why is Cuban Coffee so sweet?
You will love Cuban Coffee for its exquisite flavor and aroma. The high sugar content in it is what lends sweetness to the Coffee.
Not to mention the frothy espuma, which adds more sweetness to it!
Usually, a thick brew with an exquisite flavor and aroma is made sweet by sugar and a frothy espuma.