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Cuban coffee culture is steeped in tradition and flavor, and one of its most iconic brews is the colada. A strong and sweetened shot of espresso designed to be shared among friends, the colada is an essential part of Cuban coffee rituals. While traditionally made using an espresso machine, we’ll explore a shortcut method that allows you to make this beloved drink at home. Join us as we delve into the world of the Cuban Coffee Colada and discover the secrets to brewing the perfect cup, whether you’re in the heart of South Beach or in your own kitchen.


The shortcut method:

Making authentic Cuban Coffee Colada without an espresso machine is easier than you think. With just a few simple ingredients and a stovetop espresso maker (moka pot), you can recreate the rich and robust flavors of traditional Cuban coffee right in your own home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Cuban coffee grounds: Choose a high-quality, finely ground Cuban coffee blend to ensure optimal flavor.
  2. Sugar: Sweeten your colada with sugar to achieve the signature sweetness of Cuban coffee.
  3. Stovetop espresso maker (moka pot): This essential tool serves as a substitute for an espresso machine, allowing you to brew strong and flavorful coffee with ease.


Steps to perfection:

  1. Start by filling the bottom chamber of your moka pot with water up to the safety valve.
  2. Insert the metal filter basket into the bottom chamber and fill it with Cuban coffee grounds. Use approximately one tablespoon of coffee per cup of water.
  3. Securely attach the top chamber to the bottom chamber and place on your stove over medium heat.
  4. As the water heats, it will create pressure, forcing steam through the coffee grounds and into the top chamber. Keep a close eye on the pot as the brewing process should only take a few minutes.
  5. Once the top chamber is filled with brewed coffee, remove the moka from the heat and pour the coffee into a small saucepan.


Adding the Cuban twist

Now comes the crucial step in turning your brewed coffee into an authentic Cuban colada: adding sugar. Combine equal parts brewed coffee and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. This sweetened coffee concentrate is the base of your colada.


Serve and enjoy

With your colada prepared, it’s time to experience the true essence of Cuban coffee culture. Pour the sweetened coffee into a traditional Cuban coffee pot or serving vessel and watch as the rich, caramel-colored liquid fills the container. Traditionally served in small demitasse cups or shot glasses, the colada is perfect for sharing with friends or enjoying on your own.


When it comes to Cuban coffee, the colada stands out as a unique and communal experience. Unlike other Cuban coffees such as the cafecito or café cubano, which are typically served in smaller cups for individual consumption, the colada is brewed in larger quantities and meant to be shared among friends or co-workers. This communal aspect adds a special charm to the colada, fostering a sense of community and friendship. In addition, the Colada’s flavor profile is distinct, offering a bold and robust taste that is both satisfying and invigorating. Whether enjoyed as a morning pick-me-up or an afternoon indulgence, Colada Coffee offers a delightful alternative to other Cuban coffee options, making it a popular choice among coffee lovers everywhere.


Experience Cortadito Coffee House

There’s no doubt that mastering the art of making a Cuban colada at home is satisfying, but there’s nothing quite like sipping a freshly brewed coladita at Cortadito Coffee House. With locations on Lincoln Road, Washington Ave and in Coral Gables, our cafes are known for their authentic Cuban coffee experience. 


In addition to the classic colada, we offer a variety of specialty drinks, including the coladita, a smaller version of the traditional colada that’s perfect for enjoying alone or with a friend.


To complement the delicious taste of Cortadito Coffee House’s coladas, we offer a selection of delicious pastries from our bakery that pair perfectly with our rich and aromatic Cuban coffee. 


Pastelitos: Indulge in our selection of pastelitos with flavors such as guava, guava & cheese, and cream cheese. These delicious pastries offer a taste of traditional Cuban sweetness.


Croquettes: Enjoy our savory croquettes, available in ham or chicken. These crunchy delights are perfect for a savory snack with your coladita.


Croissant: Treat yourself to a classic buttery croissant, a perfect pairing with your coladita for a delicious breakfast or afternoon treat.


Cheese Tequeno: Enjoy the cheesy goodness of our cheese tequenos for a savory contrast to the bold flavors of your coladita.


Empanadas: Try our assortment of empanadas filled with beef, chicken, spinach or ham & cheese. These savory choices are sure to satisfy your cravings.


Churros: Indulge in our crunchy and sweet churros, perfect for dipping into your coladita for an extra burst of flavor.


Chocolate Chip Cookies: Indulge in our homemade chocolate chip cookies for the perfect blend of sweetness and chocolate goodness.


Stop by today and discover the rich flavors of Cuban coffee culture at Cortadito Coffee House.

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