Café Cubano is a prominent social and cultural activity in Cuba and Florida. It typically refers to an espresso shot which is sweetened with demerara sugar as it is being brewed, resulting in a sweet crema on the top. Despite its name, crema has nothing to do with cream. It is just foam made from sugar that’s been thoroughly beaten with a splash of coffee.
Intimidating as that sounds, making a Café Cubano at home is fairly simple.
Espresso ground coffee. We recommend The Flying Squirrel’s Sunkissed, in an Espresso grind.
2 teaspoons demerara sugar
- Brew your shot of espresso like you usually would. Both, stove-top and electric espresso makers work just fine
- Place the sugar your coffee mug.
- Once your espresso starts to brew, pour about half teaspoon of coffee over the sugar and beat until the mixture turns a light brown to beige colour. If your mixture seems a little dry, don’t worry, just keep beating it. Do not add more coffee.
- Next, pour the rest of your espresso over the creamed sugar. You should have a nice thin layer of crema floating on the top.
- Stir so the mixture dissolves, and drink immediately.