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How To Make Cafe Bustelo Like a Pro: 6 Fast & Easy Steps

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If you’re a fan of Café Bustelo, you’ll love this step-by-step guide to making it at home! It’s surprisingly easy – all you’ll need is a few simple ingredients and a coffee maker.

Café Bustelo is one of those rare coffee companies that has maintained consumer interest and literally has a fan base. Ideal for lovers of strong coffee beverages, this dark roast coffee is perfect for those mornings when you need an extra push from your coffee drink to get going. Café Bustelo is also sold pre-ground, so you don’t need any special grinders or fancy coffee machines to make this brew.

So, whether you’re a first-time brewer, an experienced regular coffee maker, or a world-traveling coffee connoisseur, read on for all the information you need to make Café Bustelo like a pro!

How To Make Cafe Bustelo

What is Cafe Bustelo?

Café Bustelo is a Hispanic coffee company that started in Cuba. It is a finely-ground dark roast coffee with a rich, bold flavor and a chocolatey taste. Despite its rich Latin roots, the company was founded in 1920s New York City after Gregorio Bustelo arrived in The Big Apple from Spain. He dreamed of creating his own roaster, and the business began with him selling hand-ground, flavorful coffee while working at a hotel to save money. 

His business grew, and soon he was able to open up his first store, after which he was able to sell to supermarkets, Latino grocery stores, and eventually all over the world. Today, Café Bustelo is one of the most popular types of coffee in the US, one of the biggest names in the Latin coffee community, and Gregorio is known for his delicious dark roast coffee. 

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Café Bustelo is sold pre-ground, which means you can make it at home without special equipment and using just about any brewing process. It’s a strong and assertive cup of excellent coffee that can still deliver the kick of espresso coffee without an espresso machine – you can make it with a drip machine.

You can also make this Latin ground coffee with an espresso machine or a portable espresso maker. This brand is often sold as an “extra fine” pre-ground espresso-style coffee.

What you’ll need

So, to make a Café Bustelo coffee, you’ll need:

How to make Café Bustelo

Step one

First things first, you’ll need to gather your materials. Make sure you have everything on the list above before moving on to step two.

Step two

You’ll need to fill the drip machine’s water reservoir with cold water. Café Bustelo advises adding six ounces of water to every tablespoon of coffee. 

To determine how much water to add, you can measure water in a coffee cup and add it to the coffee maker reservoir. It’s better to add a little more water than required to soak the coffee and filter since it absorbs some of the liquid.

They also suggest using filtered water to remove any extra contaminants, including chlorine.

Step three

Put your filter into your filter basket. If your coffee maker has a reusable filter, that’s great, but if not, use a single paper filter – a standard 4″ basket filter is ideal.

Step four

Add the ground coffee to the filter, making sure not to overfill it. Measure your coffee using a tablespoon, and add slightly less than one spoon per serving of coffee to give you the ideal coffee taste, but don’t forget that Café Bustelo is a naturally bold coffee.

If you want a weaker coffee or more volume, add less espresso or more water. Once you’ve added the grounds, give them a little shake, so they’re level, and gently pat down the top of the filter.

Step five

Next, turn on your drip coffee maker and wait for the magic to happen. You should have a full pot of delicious, dark roast Cuban-style coffee in about five to ten minutes (depending on your coffee maker), or less, depending on the amount of water in the coffee maker’s water reservoir.

Step six

Now, your Café Bustelo is ready! All you have to do is pour yourself a cup and enjoy. You can add warm milk and sugar to taste, although espresso (which is how this type of coffee tastes), is meant to be drunk black.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make a Café Bustelo espresso at home?

Yes, making Café Bustelo espresso at home is quite easy. All you need is a drip coffee maker, ground coffee, hot water, and your preferred brewing method. 

How do you make Café Bustelo on the stove?

You can also use a Moka Pot to make a Café Bustelo espresso. Like a drip coffee maker, you’ll need to add water and ground coffee. The difference is that you’ll place the Moka pot on the stove over medium heat until the water boils and creates steam. The steam then forces the water up into the coffee grounds, creating espresso.

Can I use a French press to make Café Bustelo?

Yes, this works in a very similar way to a drip coffee machine described above. You’ll need to add water and coffee grounds to the French press. Put the lid on once it’s all in there (but don’t push down the plunger yet) and let it sit for four minutes. After that, you can push down the plunger and pour yourself a cup of delicious coffee.

Is Café Bustelo espresso or coffee?

Café Bustelo Instant Coffee is not espresso. It’s a type of instant coffee made by adding water to ground coffee beans. The resulting drink is similar to espresso, but it’s not as concentrated.

Can you use Café Bustelo in an espresso machine?

Yes, you can use Café Bustelo in an espresso machine. Just add the ground coffee to the filter and brew as usual. The resulting drink will be a Cuban coffee experience similar to an espresso shot, but not as concentrated.

Happy Caffeinating!

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