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How to Make Café Bustelo Like a Pro (With Pictures)

How to make Café Bustelo

If you’re a fan of espresso but don’t own an espresso maker or machine, we’re here to help! Using a simple drip coffee machine, you can quickly brew a concentrated cup of Café Bustelo espresso. This dark Cuban coffee comes finely-ground and ready to brew.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to make Café Bustelo in your drip coffee maker. This method is easy, inexpensive, and, best of all, delicious!

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What’s Café Bustelo?

Café Bustelo is a Cuban brand of finely-ground dark roast coffee. It has a rich, chocolatey taste and can be brewed using many brewing methods, including espresso machines and portable espresso makers. When brewing in a drip coffee maker, keep in mind that Café Bustelo is strong, so you’ll want to use less.

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How to Make the Perfect Café Bustelo

NOTE: Café Bustelo can be made using a number of different brewing methods, so if you prefer a stovetop espresso maker or a pour-over, go for it. Using a drip machine is undeniably easy, though! For this guide, we used the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker.

  • Café Bustelo ground coffee
  • Cold filtered water

1. Add water to your coffee machine.

Add cold water to the water reservoir in the back of the machine. Café Bustelo recommends that you add six ounces of cold water for every tablespoon of coffee.

Not into math? Try our handy coffee to water ratio calculator!

Add water to your coffee maker

2. Set up the filter and coffee.

Put a #4 basket-shaped filter into the filter basket. Then add one tablespoon of coffee, making sure to spread the grounds evenly. If you’re making more espresso or want it to be stronger, add more coffee to taste.

Set up filter and add coffee

3. Start brewing.

Turn your machine on and let it brew. This may take up to 10 minutes, depending on your coffee maker.

Brew your Café Bustelo

4. Serve and enjoy!

Pour your espresso into small cups or demitasses. Espresso is often drunk black, but you can add sugar or cream if you prefer. If you want to get creative, try making a homemade creamer or coffee syrup!

Pour Café Bustelo into cups

Now You Know

Wasn’t that easy? The hardest part of brewing with Café Bustelo is adjusting the ratio of grounds to water to suit your preferences. Luckily, that won’t take long, and you’ll be drinking robust, flavorful espresso in no time. Leave the coffee shop behind and make Café Bustelo instead!


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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