From the very first day our newest Keurig® K-Cup® pod family member (Cafe Bustelo) arrived, I knew that Cafe Con Leche was in my very near future. Cafe Con Leche is a must in most Spanish homes. Literally translated it means coffee with milk. This is a traditional beverage that has been enjoyed for many years and has made its way across oceans to our own breakfast tables, thanks mostly to the growing popularity of the Cuban-born Cafe Bustelo. I for one am eternally grateful to Mr. Bustelo for introducing us to his unique coffee roasting techniques that we can now enjoy in the Keurig® K-Cup® pod format.
Cafe Con Leche consists of a very strong coffee, scalded milk, and sugar. This is similar to a Cafe Latte except for the handling of the sugar and a slight difference in the milk. With the help of my Keurig® brewer, I was able to whip up my very own Cafe Con Leche in no time flat.
You will need:
1 Cafe Bustelo Espresso Roast
- Start by heating the milk in a saucepan on a stovetop using a medium to high temperature, stirring occasionally. Bring the milk just to the brink of a boil (remove as soon as you see large bubbles start to form).
- While the milk is heating, add the sugar to a medium mug.
- Next, brew your Cafe Bustelo Espresso pod on the lowest water setting of your coffee maker directly into the same mug containing the sugar.
- Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Once the milk is heated completely, you can now pour it over the brewed and sweetened coffee.
- I like a little froth to my milk so I use my frothing wand or sometimes just a blender to whip up the last little bit of milk and top my Cafe Con Leche. It adds more texture that I find enjoyable.
The sugar in this recipe is optional however, I would highly recommend it. Something amazing happens when it is stirred directly in with the coffee. It produced a caramel type of flavor that quite frankly makes this drink something special. After all, you only live once, splurge a little!