Colada – A Must The Next Time You Make Cuban Coffee

Making Cuban coffee at home

“I want someone to look at me the way I look at coffee.”


That is our daily motto here at La Carreta.

We hope to share our love for coffee with you, and we think it’s already working! Now is the time for Brewing Cuban Coffee, A Series! What do you think of the idea?

Let’s start our brand new journey to find the ways to make the best Cuban coffee possible. 

Our First Contender is…

Every type of Cuban coffee is different and has a unique way of being brewed, but there’s one type of Cuban coffee that’s really special… It’s big, strong, and made to be shared with friends, family, or co-workers!

It’s called Colada, and it’s going to be your new favorite drink for a very long time! 

How to Drink Colada

As we said, colada is a large coffee. Well, just how big can it be?

Bigger than you might think! A standard colada has the same amount of coffee as 5 or 6 cups of espresso. That’s why there’s a certain way to drink it that sets it apart from most other types of coffee consumed around the world.

Colada is meant to be shared with others nearby. Whether it’s your friends, colleagues, or aunts and uncles you haven’t seen in awhile, colada is the way to go. If you have ever walked the busy streets of Little Havana in Miami, you may have noticed a lot of walk-up windows or “ventanitas.” You may have seen groups of people drinking coffee from tiny plastic cups.

Those people are sharing a colada. But that’s not all. They’re also sharing their thoughts on politics; they also gossip. In other words, it is a unique experience that can only be found in Miami.

Is Brewing Colada Hard?

If you’re an expert, no.

Just kidding; making colada is simple, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home, especially if you have tried making cafecito with our fantastic recipe. You will just need some simple, everyday tools that you probably have lying around in your kitchen.

  • Finely ground coffee (make sure it’s Cuban!)
  • Sugar
  • A Moka pot/espresso machine
  • A mixing cup
  • One large serving cup and six small ones
  • A spoon

And that’s it.

The process itself is enjoyable, as you will get a nice foam, or espumita, which is what makes Cuban coffee so unique. Once the espumita and the coffee are in the large serving cup, you can call your guests into the living room and serve them the colada. They’ll be blown away by the taste, aroma, and lovely texture of Cuban coffee.

And Lastly…

Don’t fret if you don’t make the best colada on your first try; it does take a little bit of practice to brew this Cuban masterpiece. Practice makes perfect! If you want to brew a great Cuban colada, make sure to buy high-quality coffee and have all of your kitchen tools nearby.

And most importantly: be open to experimenting!

Check out our next contender of the series: Cortadito.


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