I’ve had a little too much coffee this morning. I really shouldn’t be trusted with sharp objects. Or a blank WordPress post.
The coffee I speak of is Cuban coffee. Man, is that stuff ever S-T-R-O-N-G. I’m pretty sure one shot of cuban espresso equals, like, six cups of normal coffee.
I drink it every day. It’s amazing.
This morning I wanted to write a little “how-to” post for how I make my coffee every morning. I don’t own a coffee machine and my second French press broke six months ago (picture shattered glass + coffee all over my floor). After that, I drove myself down to the TJ Maxx and bought myself a little ten dollar stovetop espresso maker. It works like an absolute dream and now I can never, ever go back.
I found my favorite brand of espresso at Target, of all places! Growing up in South Florida, I’ve had my fair share of Cuban coffee and, in my opinion, it’s the best stuff on earth. Oh, and cafe con leche? I swoon.
To make one stroonnnnnggggggg cup o’ joe you’ll need a small stovetop espresso maker. Unscrew the bottom portion and fill it with cold water up to the bolt. Then, place the little gasket inside and fill the gasket up with ground espresso. Like so:
Be careful not to overfill the bottom portion with water or else you will have a little coffee explosion happening. Eyeball an invisible line inside right where that bolt is and don’t go over. As for the ground espresso, no need to pack. Just fill ‘er up then smooth over the top with a spoon or butter knife.
Then, screw the top on and add a spoonful of sugar inside.
Close the lid, place it on the stove and you’re in business. Crank the heat to medium high and in about six minutes, you’ll hear the most beautiful noise on earth: your cafe cubano gurgling and bubbling up through the percolator.
You’ll thank me later.
Mmmmmmmm pour into your favorite little mug or espresso cup and drink.it.down. It’s going to be strong! You can add a little milk if you like but then technically it becomes a cafe con leche.
I recommend hunting this Cafe Bustelo brand down at Target! One big bag only costs about $3.00 and it lasts a good while in the fridge. You can find stovetop espresso makers at TJ Maxx, Sur la Table, William Sonoma or your local cooking store.
(warning/disclaimer: do not handle sharp objects after drinking this coffee)