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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2003, 8:09am
Subject: ? cafe Cubano
 

What are the ingredients in an authentic cafe Cubano?  What is/are the correct process to create this drink? Sampled a cafe Cubano @ the Miami airport a few years ago.  Unlike the "espresso" it was drinkable. Potential for a nice sweet drink assuming you have a decent shot to start with.  A search using the keyword cafe Cubano yielded 688 posts. The 1st 20 did not provide any info.

 
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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2003, 10:40am
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Cafe Cubano is a strong shot of Moka Pot Coffee, prepared in a unique fashion.  Use finely ground good quality coffee and tamp gently in the filter funnel piece. Fill lower chamber with water, but do not over-fill. (You do not the water level quite as high as the filter plate in the funnel) Assemble Moka Pot.  I prefer a nuttier characteristic bean such as Guatemalan or Colombian over sweet or fruity beans for this.  Place a couple teaspoons of fine sugar in a steaming pitcher.  Place Moka Pot over medium-high heat until the first bit of coffee comes up the pipe into the upper chamber( watch carefully)... remove briefly from heat and pour the first bit of coffee over the sugar in the pitcher, return the Moka Pot to medium heat.  Vigorously stir the coffee and sugar, making a paste, while the pot finishes brewing.  Slowly pour the finished brew into the steaming pitcher with the coffee/sugar paste... stirring vigorously  (I use a fork), trying to incorporate as much air as you can into the Cubano,  to get it frothy.  Pour very small (1/2 oz) shots into the smallest cups you have.  ENJOY!..... Marty
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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2003, 12:10pm
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Thanks for the cool recipe, Marty.

I noticed in Miami, a lot of Cuban places use a mix of coffee and sugar in the PF and make an espresso shot. Is this lazy or legit?

 
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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2003, 1:13pm
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Marty, thanks for the info.  My fading memory vaguely remembers a thimble size serving of cafe Cubano made utilizing an espresso machine. Great for rapid production but obviously not an authentic cafe Cubano. I'm not sure if it's a dream(nightmare)or a memory of owning a MokaPot during my BS days. The nightmare was long nights in an analytical chem lab drinking Bunsen burner burnt "coffee" made with a Moka Pot.

 
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Posted Sun Aug 10, 2003, 4:31pm
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You are welcome!.. coincidently, I Italian Roasted some Peruvian and Guatemalan and removed from the roaster at peak heat, and cooled them in a bowl with Unsalted Butter and Brown Sugar, tossing with a wooden spoon.  I will try pulling a few shots tomorrow and see what happens.  Gotta be good, but as you say, not an authentic Cafe~ Cubano.  I have had shots pulled with a dusting of Cayenne, and with Chipolte Powder and Cocoa.  Both very interesting and good, but I would be concerned that if done consistantly, there might be some residue in subsequent shots... ( a little Cayenne goes a long way)  I suppose that the espresso could be steamed in a pitcher with the sugar too for another Cubano shortcut... Cafe~ Cubano Breve? ...... Marty
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