Cubano Recipe

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What is Cubano (Cuban Espresso)?

Cubano, also known as Cuban Espresso or Cafecito, is a strong and sweetened coffee beverage that hails from Cuba. This coffee preparation is made by pulling a short and intense shot of espresso, which is then sweetened with demerara sugar during the brewing process. Cubano is a popular choice for those who enjoy a bold and sweet coffee experience, often served as a pick-me-up in the afternoon.

How to Make Cubano (Cuban Espresso) at Home:

Creating a delightful Cubano at home requires a traditional espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker. Here's how to make a traditional Cuban Espresso:


  • Freshly roasted coffee beans (specifically labeled for espresso)
  • Demerara sugar (or granulated sugar)


  1. Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency, specifically calibrated for espresso brewing.
  2. Preheat your espresso cups to ensure the coffee stays warm.
  3. Prepare a short and strong shot of espresso using an espresso machine or stovetop espresso maker.
  4. While the espresso is still brewing, add a teaspoon or more of demerara sugar (adjust to your sweetness preference) to the bottom of the espresso cup.
  5. As the espresso finishes brewing, immediately pour it over the demerara sugar in the cup.
  6. Stir the espresso vigorously to dissolve the sugar and create a smooth and sweetened coffee.
  7. Serve the Cubano immediately and enjoy the bold and sweet coffee flavors in every sip.

The Cubano offers a unique coffee experience, where the intensity of the espresso is balanced by the sweetness of the sugar. It's a delightful choice for coffee enthusiasts seeking a quick and vibrant pick-me-up with a touch of sweetness.