Pros: Intense, dark rich flavor
My grandmother's house always smelled like coffee so it was easy for me as an adult to become an aficionado of a good strong cup of coffee. I also love anything coffee flavored, ice cream, hard candy, chocolate covered coffee beans etc. I am a huge fan of Cafe Cubano, those tiny cups of dark intense Cuban coffees that will jump start your motor and have you gnashing your teeth. Living in Florida you find these available everywhere. With Cafe Bustelo Coffee you can make your own Cafe Cubano at home.Cafe Cubano is a traditional Cuban coffee produced and served for 100's of years.
In this brew on a per serving basis,you get one-fluid ounce shot of espresso (with 50 mg of caffeine). Actually this has about half the caffeine of a standard six-fluid ounce cup of American-style coffee. For some reason it hits in a much faster, stronger way.
Espresso or caffe espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage brewed made by forcing very hot, but not boiling water under high pressure through coffee that has been ground to a consistency between extremely fine and powder.The Bustelo Coffee is a fine ground. It's the perfect ground coffee for espresso that's really authentic.The aroma is delightful. You often see silver odd shaped small coffee pots designed to make espresso and everyone remembers the espresso machine fad now it's so much easier to make at home with Bustelo Coffee.
Coffee in history goes back to the 10th century Ethiopia, the Arab world trading and Northern Africa where it was grown and then onto Indian and Europe. Now coffee is produced in Africa, Colombia] Guatemala, Indonesia and Viet Nam.
Cafe Bustelo can be found in 6 or 10 ounce bricks that are vacuum packed.The 6 oz is $2.20 the 10 oz brick is $3.03. It's a bright yellow package, easy to spot on the local grocery store shelves. You can hear the shhhh sound when you open the package letting you know it's fresh.
You get excellent espresso flavor without all the espresso equipment.
Bustelo Coffee is rich and dark and has such a strong flavor you can drink it black. It is also excellent con leche ( with milk) or iced since the ice doesn't dilute the strength. If you really want to maintain the intensity make an ice tray of Bustelo Coffee and use these cubes in your iced coffee. As the cubes melt your maintains its strong coffee flavor.
To make your little espresso in a cafe con leche version heat milk and pour it into a large coffee cup. Then you add your coffee to the heated milk. That's one nice version.
Bustelo comes in Cappucino as well. Other varieties are Bustelo Iced Tea, Bustelo Supreme Espresso, Bustelo DeCaf (can), Bustelo Whole Bean, Bustelo Iced Tea, Bustelo Capucino and Bustelo Dried Instant in a jar.
Some helpful hints: Always keep your coffee in an airtight container and store it in a cupboard or pantry away from light.
The quality of water used to prepare your coffee is extremely important! Generally speaking, You might want to consider brewing your coffee with filtered or bottled water. Use 1 Tsp coffee to 6 oz water. If you don't use an automatic coffee maker, brew your coffee with water that is almost boiling. I use Instant Hot and make my coffee with my French Press. A French Press can be found in TJMaxx, Marshalls , Bed Bath & Beyond and other stores. For an automatic coffee maker, cold water is best to start with. Don't leave your coffee heating for more than 45 minutes.
For the French press method use a coarse grind. For drip-brewing use a medium grind, espresso brewing needs a very fine grind. As I mentioned, I use a French press which I find excellent for brewing up a single cup or two of coffee with Bustelo. It's especially handy for company when you have different coffee requests.
You can make some excellent dessert drinks with Cafe Bustelo Coffee:
Black Forest Mocha
1 oz chocolate syrup
1/2 oz cherry syrup
Single shot espresso
Mix syrups with espresso. Fill with steamed/foamed milk. Top with whipped cream. Dust with powdered chocolate.
Makes 1 serving