How To Make Cafe Bustelo (Explained)

Hot to make Cafe Bustelo
You can make Cafe Bustelo in a Moka Pot at home

Cafe Bustelo is a dark roast Cuban-style coffee that is preground to espresso (fine) grind size. Cafe Bustelo is renowned for its rich mouthfeel and chocolatey undertones. This preground coffee eliminates the need for a grinder and is easy to make at home whether you have a coffee maker or not.

When brewing Cafe Bustelo, you are better off using a method that suits its fine grind size. Any brewing method that uses a fabric sock or a paper filter will prevent fine grounds from dropping into your coffee.

Espresso brewing methods such as a Moka pot and espresso machine are likely to yield the best results when making coffee with Cafe Bustelo.

Here are the two best ways of making Cafe Bustelo at home.

  1. Cafe Bustelo without a coffee maker (Sock method)
  2. Moka pot method

1. How to Make Cafe Bustelo Without a Coffee Maker (Sock Method)

Materials and Equipment: a filter sock with a handle, cafe Bustelo coffee, filtered water, a gooseneck kettle, a cup, a scoop, optional sugar


  1. Light the stove and add some water into the kettle
  2. Place the kettle on the stove and bring the water to a simmer
  3. Place the sock in the cup and pour some water into the filter to rinse off fabric flavors and to preheat the cup
  4. Empty the cup
  5. Add 3 scoops of cafe Bustelo into the sock
  6. Pour the hot water into the sock while holding the sock’s handle so that the sock is dangling in the cup
  7. Continue pouring until the cup is 3/4 full
  8. Discard the grounds and rinse out the sock
  9. Hang the sock to dry
  10. Add sugar to drink your coffee

Be sure to thoroughly rinse the sock filter and hang it to dry. A wet sock is susceptible to molds and bad odor.

2. How to Make Cafe Bustelo in a Moka Pot

Materials and Equipment: a stove, a Moka pot, a scoop, a cup, a kettle, cafe Bustelo coffee grounds, a cold towel, optional sugar


  1. Turn the stove on and boil water in the kettle
  2. Let it sit for about 30 seconds for the temperature to drop to optimal brewing temperature
  3. Open the Moka pot to expose the water chamber at the bottom
  4. Add hot water to the fill/valve level
  5. Place the filter basket and add cafe Bustelo grounds to fill the basket
  6. Ensure an even level of grounds on the basket without compacting
  7. Reattach the upper chamber of the pot and avoid overtightening
  8. Place the pot on the stove on moderate heat. Keep the top cover open
  9. Observe as coffee starts oozing into the top chamber. When the color of the coffee becomes golden, remove the Moka pot from the stove and set it on a cold towel
  10. The cold towel rapidly cools the brewer preventing the coffee from developing metal-like flavors
  11. Pour the coffee into your cup and add hot water or milk to dilute

Cafe Bustelo company has a line of K-cups that are easy to use in drip coffee makers such as Keurig. Cafe Bustelo K-cups yield a strong coffee with a bold flavor.

Alternatively, you can use Cafe Bustelo ground coffee in Keurig and other drip coffee makers by employing flat bottomed paper filters that keep coffee fines from dripping into the drink. Cafe Bustelo brick coffee is very strong; we advise that you use lesser grounds in your drip coffee maker.

How to make Cafe Bustelo


Using a paper or sock filter to make Cafe Bustelo gives a clean cup of coffee that is free from sediments and unhealthy coffee oils. Although you can make Cafe Bustelo coffee by adding the coffee grounds in water and boiling in a saucepan, the coffee is likely to be too strong and bitter for your liking.

Instead, pouring hot water over the grounds in a sock filter yields a lighter and more balanced cup of coffee.

The fine-grind size of Cafe Bustelo can make your coffee taste a little too bitter when using regular coffee makers. If your Cafe Bustelo is too bitter, experiment with lower temperatures of water and lesser amounts of coffee to reduce the extraction.

FAQs About How to Make Cafe Bustelo

Is Cafe Bustelo Espresso Ground Coffee Instant?

Cafe Bustelo espresso ground coffee is not instant coffee but rather dark roasted coffee beans that have been ground to a fine size. You have to brew Cafe Bustelo espresso grounds to make coffee.

For example, use a sock or paper filter when brewing Cafe Bustelo without a coffee maker or brew the grounds in a Moka pot, espresso machine, or drip coffee machine.

Cafe Bustelo instant coffee, on the other hand, is ready to drink after adding hot water to the granules.

Is Cafe Bustelo Espresso or Coffee?

You can brew espresso or a coffee drink of your choice using Cafe Bustelo ground coffee. Brewing with these grounds in an espresso machine or a Moka pot yields a rich cup of espresso that you can add hot water to or steamed milk to make American coffee and latte respectively.

However, since Cafe Bustelo has a fine grind of dark roast beans, it is suitable for making espresso and espresso drinks.

Can I Use Cafe Bustelo in a Regular Coffee Maker?

Yes, you can use Cafe Bustelo ground coffee in a regular coffee maker such as Keurig by utilizing a flat bottomed paper filter to keep sediments away. Cafe Bustelo is also compatible with other coffee brewers that use fabric filters and paper filters such as pour-over coffee and AeroPress.


Patrick is first a coffee lover and then a trained barista. His bucket list includes sky diving and sipping on Java in the Himalayas.

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