Cafecito Recipe (Cafe Cubano)

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: cafecito, cuban coffee
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 36 kcal

Introduce the Cafecito to your friends and family at your next social gathering. This recipe uses a 3-cup Moka Pot (Stove Top Espresso Maker) at 4-oz per cup, for a total of 12 brewed ounces of coffee.



  • 42 g Coffee espresso grind
  • 420 ml Water
  • 3 tsp Brown Sugar or demerara

How to Make

  1. Fill Moka Pot with water according to instructions

  2. Pack down coffee into stove top espresso maker chamber

  3. Place over moderate heat

  4. Add 1 tsp of sugar to 2 coffee cups

  5. As coffee fills the reservoir, pour ½ tablespoon of coffee over sugar to begin dissolving

  6. Return espresso maker to heat to complete brewing

  7. Beat the sugar and espresso mix in the cup with a spoon, until granules dissolve - this is known as "creaming the sugar"

  8. Pour brewed coffee over the creamed sugar, stirring slowly

  9. Pour coffee into espresso cups and serve

Recipe Notes

This coffee drink recipe has a sweet demerara sugar over a strong coffee that packs a punch.

Your ratios may vary from the traditional 1:10 coffee:water ratio, depending on your brewing method and preferences.

Demerara sugar has a larger grain than brown sugar; it is partially refined and produced from the first crystallization of cane juice into sugar. The demerara natural caramel flavor gives this warm drink its caramel notes. The crema for this coffee is hand made using the demerara sugar and a little bit of the brewed coffee.

You will need to beat the sugar and coffee until it becomes a creamy blonde liquid, for about one minute. This blonde liquid is what separates the Cafecito from other coffee recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Cafecito Recipe (Cafe Cubano)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36
% Daily Value*
Sodium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 9g10%
Calcium 13mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.