Cafe con leche

cafe con leche

Whenever I visited Hilde, my adopted Cuban abuela, she would drink espresso from china demitasse cups she brought with her when her family fled Havana.

The afternoon I helped her scrape black beans off the ceiling when her pressure cooker exploded, she made me cafe con leche, and a love for sweet coffee was awakened in me.


Using an espresso machine, follow the instructions for brewing, using about 5 tablespoons of Cuban, Dark Roast Espresso Ground, packed, for each cup of water.

Add 4-6 teaspoons sugar (per cup of water) to the pot the coffee drips into, stirring the first few drips to make a frothy foam. You want the drink very sweet.

Combine one shot of sweet coffee to a small cup of hot, steamed milk.

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8 thoughts on “Cafe con leche

  1. Now THAT is a coffee drink I could embrace! Here in Florida, Cuban Coffee is huge. I am not a regular coffee drinker at all, but a good cafe con leche, yum! And your story makes it so much more beautiful.


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