Need a cup of coffee in Miami? Starbucks would not be your best choice

by TheGroundBean on August 23, 2012

Colada Cuban EspressoMiami, the sexy modern city in the south is home to some of the best coffee on the planet. When we think of coffee, we think of Starbucks but the reality is, if you are looking for a good place to meet and network, Starbucks is the choice. But if you are looking for a good cup of coffee you might be better served off the beaten path to a local latin cafe. Simply ask for a colada, a colada is a small cup of cuban espresso served with 5 or more little shot cups. Ideal for sharing with friends, this tasty strong coffee will delight you.

Some other great choices include:

Cortadito, which in Spanish literally means “small cut”, is an espresso topped with steamed milk. It can be between 50/50 to 75/25 espresso and milk. It is similar to a cortado served in other countries, but pre-sweetened.

Café con leche, or “coffee with milk”, is a Cuban espresso served alongside a cup of hot or steamed milk. Originally served separately, the cafecito is poured into the glass of hot milk and, then, stirred. It is the traditional Cuban breakfast beverage, served with slices of buttered, toasted cuban bread which can be dunked in the coffee cup. In addition, traditional Cuban “café con leche” contains a dab of salt (popularized by the Chinese immigrants who arrived in 19th century Cuba) and a pinch of butter, giving it a unique taste.

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