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Compass A quí
A trip to “la ventanita” is always a promising encounter. Here’s a Cuban Coffee
reference guide to help you order up the perfect power boost while sounding like a
local…just remember to always say gracias.
TEXT BY ESTRELLITA S. SIBILA
CAFÉ CON LECHE
How to say it: “Ka-fe Cone Le-CHE”
What it means: This “coffee with milk” is
an espresso (without sugar) served alongside
a cup of hot or steamed milk.
Adjustment: If you prefer a more powerful
punch, ask for your café con leche “oscuro” for a 75/25 mix of bold
pre-sweetened espresso with just a hint of milk.
CAFECITO How to say it: “Ka-fe-SEE-TOE”
What it means: The cafecito is the
afternoon pick-me-up of choice in The Magic
City. In fact, Miami recently proclaimed 3:05
p.m. as the “Official Cafecito Break Time” in
celebration of the #305cafecito coffee culture.
Adjustment: You will rarely hear anyone say “sin azucar” when
ordering a cafecito because sugar is what makes the whole
experience so sweet.
CORTADITO How to say it: “Core-TAH-dee-TOE”
What it means: The Spanish translation
literally means “small cut.” The cortadito is
an espresso topped with steamed milk.
Adjustment: When you want a lighter dose
of espresso on your cortadito, ask for it “clarito” and you’ll get
about a 30/70 mix of pre-sweetened espresso & milk.
COLADA How to say it: “Co-LA-dah”
What it means: It doesn’t translate to
“rocket fuel” but you’ll get 4-6 shots of
Cuban-style espresso served in a styrofoam
cup along with small, plastic demitasses so
you can share with your compadres.
Adjustment: If you like a little jazz with your jolt, ask for it “con
espuma” for a nice frothy cap to get your day off to a good start — or
to end your afternoon right.
3:05 CAFECITO: Did you know that Miami is the only city in the U.S. with an official
coffee-break time? Well, it is. And it has been for the past 2 years, thanks to the #305Cafecito
Movement created by homegrown JennyLee Molina that resulted in the City Of Miami proclaiming
3:05 p.m. the official time for an afternoon cafecito break. Since the declaration, caffeine
connoisseurs have celebrated their love of all things cafecito by sharing pictures of their tasitas,
espumitas and sonrisas online as they wonder whether or not they’ll make it back to work to close
out the day.