Wakey! Wakey! Rise and shine. I’ve got something very interesting for you to start your day or any time you need a quick pick me up.
Yes of course it’s Cuban Coffee. Why Cuban? Because it’s oh so strong, dark and sweet, plus a little bit goes a long way! I can assure you it will put a spring in your step for the rest of the day.
And do you want to know a little secret? It will bring some fiery Latin romance and passion into your life! We all need that in our lives, don’t we ? Well try it and I’m positive you will love it.
Cuban Coffee is grown in the Eastern part of Cuba in the Sierra Maestra mountains – there’s no need for chemical fertilizers which is brilliant.
The coffee beans are picked by hand because many of the coffee plants are grown on steep hill sides, before being carried in sacks over their shoulders and taken by mule to drying areas. Quite a long process – I’ll bet you’re glad you don’t need to do this every morning!
After this, the beans are roasted, pulverized, steeped and then strained using cloth handbags.
I suppose they’ll need quite a lot of handbags to get all that done! Wish I had a cloth handbag shop over there!!
An Authentic Cuban Coffee Recipe
- First of all you’ll need a Bialetti Moka pot (that’s a stove top espresso maker). You can of course use your espresso machine, but for the authentic taste, dust off your trusty Moka pot!
- It’s always best to use Cuban blends like Bustelo or Pilon. Into a second container, add some sugar.
- Fill the Moka pot with cold water, put the filter into the bottom of the Moka pot, and only then fill it with a mix of coffee grounds with a little raw sugar. Don’t tamp it, and screw Moka pot on.
- Then put the Moka pot on the stove using a low heat. Once the very first bit of espresso comes out, pour it into your sugar jug, replace the Moka pot, and stir it the espresso into the sugar.
- Once you hear a gurgling sound from the Moka pot, the coffee’s done! Remove it from the fire, stir in your sugar mixture, and serve!
Here’s a video of this wonderful recipe:
Gather some friends together, and if any of them smoke Cuban cigars try dipping the tip in a little cup of Cuban coffee before lighting it!
Have fun and let me know if you’ve enjoyed the recipe in the comments!