Cafe Cubano in Little Havana, Miami

Cubans like their coffee short and sweet.

It’s called cafe Cubano, that shot of coffee covered with a rich layer of crema, created when beating in sugar renders the liquid smooth and syrupy. And yes, it packs a punch. A shy, young girl on our culinary tour had a headache, but after a couple of shots from the local ventanita on Calle Ocho (Little Havana’s “Main Street”), she was fluttering like a social butterfly. Coffee does that to you. Or maybe Little Havana was rubbing off on her. All I know is that I’d like to return for an empanada.

On the main street, Calle Ocho

On the main street, Calle Ocho

Cafe Cubano for 75 cents

Cafe Cubano for 75 cents

Smooth, syrupy, and layered with crema

Smooth, syrupy, and layered with sweet crema

A picadillo-filled empanada

A picadillo-filled empanada

Along Calle Ocho in Little Havana, about 10 minutes away from downtown

Along Calle Ocho in Little Havana, located about 10 minutes from downtown

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