Coffee is a lifeblood to most of us of a certain age. But Cuban coffee takes coffee to a whole new level. Cuban coffee is to espresso, what a diamond is to a quadrilateral.
Every single person I’ve introduced to this magic has said, and I quote, “this is the best coffee I’ve ever had.” Because it is the best coffee in the whole world. Like all wonderful things it has a dark side. It always leaves you wanting more, except there is such a thing as too much Cuban coffee. No matter how much you love it, it will destroy your stomach if you have too much. If you’ve ever wondered why Cubans always have messed up stomachs, this is why. We drink way too much coffee.
Once upon a time when Cubans lived in Cuba (before ‘el exilio’), custom dictated that we drank coffee with milk with our breakfast and then have tiny little shots of colada throughout the day. But then we became a people in exile, and at some point our coffee habits mixed with other people’s and the new generation (myself included) adapted new sacrilegious practices.
We shared our wealth with others who didn’t understand that 4 oz is already too much and that any more than that is begging for a stomach ulcer. We stood back and watched in horror as our non-Cuban friends got addicted and started abusing it like a drug.
What have we done, we’ve asked ourselves as crippling migraines wrecked havoc on us when we didn’t have time to make coffee before leaving the house. That’s why I’ve made this PSA: to help others like me, who are addicted to Cuban coffee but can’t stop, won’t stop drinking it. Like all things, the trick is moderation, but I’m here to let you know, we’ve all been there.