How to Make Café Bustelo Like a Pro

Last Updated: by: Amanda T

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If you’re a fan of espresso, but don’t have a way of making it at home, we have a solution for you! Café Bustelo is espresso ground coffee with Latin roots, which tastes similar to the strong taste of true espresso once brewed. Bustelo is easier to make because it can be brewed using several common methods found in your home. You won’t need to buy an expensive espresso machine.

In this guide, I will show you how to make Café Bustelo in your drip coffee maker. Not only is this the easiest way. It’s also the most delicious (in my opinion).

What you will need:

Brewing with Bustelo

Café Bustelo may not be a product you are familiar with, so we are here to help guide you with coffee knowledge. It may be Latin and say espresso on the can, but it’s still ground coffee like you are used to using. This means many of the steps for brewing won’t change. The most important thing to keep in mind is that Bustelo is strong like espresso, so you need to use less of it when brewing than you would for your normal cup of coffee.

The Process

Remember, Bustelo can be made using a number of different brewing methods, so if you prefer a stovetop espresso maker or a pour over, then do what suits you. For those wanting to brew Bustelo with a drip coffee maker, here are the steps:

The steps to brew Café Bustelo:

  1. Put your coffee filter into the machine as you normally would. Then add 1 tablespoon of Bustelo to the filter.
    Tip: Start out using 1 tablespoon of the Bustelo. If it isn’t as strong as you would like, add another tablespoon the next time you brew. Starting slow is best since it has a strong flavor.
  2. Measure out the amount of cold water you need and add it to the water reservoir in the coffee maker. The basic recipe recommended by Bustelo is 6 ounces of cold water with every tablespoon of Bustelo. Again, you can adjust the measurements next time you brew to suit your taste if it doesn’t come out the way you want it.
  3. Start your coffee brewer like you normally would and wait for the delicious results! This process might take between 5-10 minutes. Then it’s time to enjoy!

After pouring your brewed Bustelo feel free to add anything you want to your drink. The options for additions are endless from a little warm milk or whipped cream to cinnamon or vanilla powder.

Now You Know

Was that easier than you thought? Good! The hardest part of brewing with Bustelo will be adjusting the measurements of grounds and water to suit your preferences, but it doesn’t take long at all to figure that out. This Latin espresso ground coffee is a great option for espresso at home and now you have all the information you need to make espresso with it from your drip coffee maker. Enjoy your new espresso freedom!

Cafe bustelo result

Mhhmm, nothing better than a cuppa Café Bustelo!

In other news: we also recently wrote a step-by-step guide on how to brew Café Con Leche. Feel free to check that one out for more inspiration!