How to Make Café Bustelo Like a Pro

Café Bustelo is a delicious blend of coffee beans. When brewed correctly the result is a delicious espresso-style coffee with rich flavors.

Brewing Café Bustelo is surprisingly simple and easy to do. You don’t need special skills, it doesn’t require a lot of equipment, and it’s very fast to do. So let’s get started!

Watch this video to learn how to make Café Bustelo:

Here’s our text version in case you prefer reading it like this.

You’ll need:

  • 1 drip coffee maker (we highly recommend the Moccamaster KBGT)
  • 1 coffee filter
  • cappuccino cups
  • 1 tablespoon


  • A pack of Café Bustelo Cappuccino
  • Cinnamon
  • Whipped Cream or Warm Milk
  • Water


  1. Place one disposable or washable coffee filter in your coffee maker.

  2. Add a rounded tablespoon of Café Bustelo Cappuccino ground coffee into the filter. Note: The number of tablespoons will depend on how many cups of cappuccino you’re planning to make. You can add more if you want to make more cups or if you’re opting for a stronger taste. The standard ratio is 1-2 tbsp. of ground coffee to 1 cup or 6 oz. of water.

  3. Add water to the water reservoir of your coffee maker. This will again depend on the number of cups you wish to make. If you want to be accurate, use the cappuccino cups you have to add water to the reservoir.

  4. Turn the coffee maker on and press the start button.

  5. Let it finish its brewing cycle. Once it’s done, pour the coffee into the cups.

  6. On top of your cappuccino cup, add the whipped cream or warm milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.



Here are some reminders to help you deal with your Café Bustelo madness.

  • If you want this coffee to give you the best-tasting coffee, use fresh cold water for brewing.

  • Place your Café Bustelo coffee in the fridge to keep it fresh.

  • Make sure your coffee maker heats water at a temperature that’s high enough. Otherwise, the taste will be different.

  • You need a great drip coffee maker that you’re confident in if you want to produce quality coffee. We highly recommend our drip coffee maker buying guide.


Café Bustelo owes its existence to Gregorio Bustelo, who hailed from Galicia, Spain. When he reached Cuba, he immediately fell head over heels with their coffee. He was so committed to learning about the coffee so he looked for a job. He managed to get one at a coffee roaster.

A few months after, he met a young Cuban woman who loved coffee as much as he did. Their love story then began to blossom. It grew more when they got married and transfer to Puerto Rico. Gregorio still chose to work in the coffee industry. After quite some time, when the U.S. Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act, which was an act granting Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship, The Bustelo couple decided to leave with hope in finding greener pastures in New York City.

The couple lived in East Harlem or popularly known as El Barrio Latino. Unfortunately, they couldn’t land any job. Fortunately, they couldn’t land any job. Because if they were able to, they wouldn’t have put up their business. Their business started when the two bought a coffee roaster and started selling to the nearby theaters and restaurants. Their coffee attracted a lot of customers from the theater in the day and Gregorio sold coffee to restaurants at night. In 1931, they finally had a business store of their own. They called it the “Bustelo Coffee Roasters”. Because of the delicious taste of their coffee, Café Bustelo became in demand not only in El Barrio Latino but in almost all corners of the world.