cafe con leche & cafe cubano…





It has been rainy and dreary everyday since we returned from the mid-west.  I’ve been making different variations of coffee and espresso as a pick me up on these dark days.  Mike loves straight espresso with no sugar.  It’s pretty intense!  I love espresso with milk, lots of foam, and a sprinkle of cocoa.  DIY café cubano and DIY café con leche is so simple to make.  Save yourself a drive in the rain and a few dollars with this recipe…


  • Espresso
  • Organic Milk
  • Organic Sugar
  • Cocoa Power
  • Water


  • Simply prepare the espresso by filling water in the bottom of the espresso maker (don’t over fill – please see your specific manufacturer’s instructions .  Place the espresso in the second piece and screw the pieces together. Place over the stove on high heat until steam forms and the top piece is full of espresso.  BE CAREFUL handling the espresso maker and the espresso itself because it will be HOT!
  • Heat the milk in the milk frother or use a small pot.
  • For the espresso – add sugar to taste and pour espresso over the top
  • For the café con leche – add sugar to taste, pour hot espresso over the sugar, add milk, and sprinkle with cocoa power

 Technically, with the proportions of espresso, milk, and foam I use it’s a cappuccino.  Whatever you call it, I love it and I hope you do too!

Enjoy!  Buen Provecho!

xo, Maria







28 thoughts on “cafe con leche & cafe cubano…

    • Hi Brittney,

      I actually have issues with too much caffeine too! That’s why I add so much milk and froth to my espresso. When I go to Starbucks, I ask for half decaf (they look at me funny, lol). Or, tea is always a delicious low caffeine option. I’m glad I’m not the only out there with a low tolerance. 🙂

      xo, Maria


    • Hi Lindsay, I think I bought the stovetop espresso machine from either Target or Walmart. They also sell them in Spanish grocery stores, like Bravo. If you still can’t find one, try Amazon. 🙂

      xo, Maria


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