Cuban cuisine has plenty to offer to foodies who are interested in spice, flavor, and decadent meat dishes. However, while you might be focused on starters, entrees, and dessert, you should also be thinking about your drink. If you don't order coffee with your Cuban meal, you're really missing out. Here's why coffee is the best drink in times like these.
Cuban coffee is a unique variety of coffee, not quite like any other on the planet. In the same way that there's a big difference between a simple cup of brewed coffee, french press, and espresso, there's also no comparing Cuban coffee to the traditional varieties of coffee you may have had before.
Cuban coffee is particularly known for its strength. Like espresso, it's typically served in much smaller amounts than you would get if you were drinking normal drip-brewed coffee. However, Cuban coffee tends to be served in even smaller amounts, with a cup that looks more like a thimble than an espresso shot glass.
As one would expect from its small servings and strong potency, Cuban coffee packs a wallop in caffeination. A standard cup of coffee (eight ounces) typically comes in at around 95 mg of caffeine, whereas the well-loved Cafe Bustelo Cuban coffee brand boasting a whopping 112 mg in the same amount.
The good news here is that if you're able to tolerate high levels of caffeine, you can throw back quite a few Cuban coffee cups before you reach your tolerance level. However, if you can't tolerate caffeine well, you can still enjoy Cuban coffee if you stick to just one or two small cups.
Cuban coffee is known for its rich, deep taste. If you like the flavor of espresso and its potency, chances are you'll enjoy Cuban coffee for the same reasons.
Unlike other kinds of coffee, Cuban coffee will come to your table already sweetened for you. Most Cuban coffees are sweetened with demerara sugar, which has a bit more body to it than normal table sugar.
Cuban coffee is prepared by whipping a tiny amount of coffee with the sugar until it froths, and then the rest of the coffee is added. This results in a thick, sweet, creamy beverage.
If you're planning on sitting down to meals at Cuban restaurants, make sure to try the coffee that they're so well known for. If you're a fan of coffee, you owe it to yourself to not miss this delightful drink!