How to Make Cuban Coffee with an Espresso Machine

Many people think that Cuban coffee needs special equipment that can be hard to use. However, the vast majority of Cubans in Miami just use their espresso machines to make delicious Cuban coffee, and many argue that it could even be considered better than stovetop coffee.


  • Cuban coffee
  • Water
  • Sugar


  1. 1
    Pack the coffee into the filter basket.
  2. 2
    Pour water into the coffee pitcher. As much as you think you should.
  3. 3
    Pour the water into the machine slowly and place the cap back tightly.
  4. 4
    Put sugar at the bottom of your coffee pitcher. You can use 5 teaspoons or less if you like. This is an important step! This is the distinction between plain espresso and espresso-machine Cuban coffee.
  5. 5
    Turn the machine on and wait.
  6. 6
    After the coffee brews, switch the pitcher out for a mug to catch the rest of the coffee. Depending on your machine, you should either turn it off if your machine has a different setting for steam. If not, just wait for the next step.
  7. 7
    Place the steam wand into the coffee pitcher ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM and turn it on. This mixes the sugar with the coffee.
  8. 8
    Pull the coffee pitcher lower so that the steam wand tip is just below the surface, creating a nice foam.
  9. 9
    Turn the back to brew to get rid of the remaining liquid and turn it off when it has finished.
  10. 10


  • Cuban coffee is VERY concentrated in terms of caffeine. Please don't drink more than three or four ounces (less if you don't drink coffee regularly); otherwise you'll get severe stomach cramps and pain.

Things You'll Need

  • An espresso machine with a steam wand
  • A Cuban coffee pitcher

Article Info

Categories: Coffee