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Cafe Bustelo

Does anyone here drink it?

I saw it on a commercial, so I bought a couple of packages.

The only problem is that it came in a brick. I've never used this type of coffee. How exactly do you make it?

I haven't yet opened the package, but do I have to grind it? Or pound it out with a hammer? Or do I cut off a slice of the brick and just stick it in the coffee filter?

I'm so confused.

by Anonymousreply 618 hours ago

Umm...the brick is just vacuum-packed ground coffee beans. Just cut it open at the top. I use their espresso ground coffee beans in the can to make lattes at home. As far as cheap coffee goes, it’s pretty respectable

by Anonymousreply 1Last Friday at 10:30 PM

That's exactly what I wanted to do, R1.

How many scoops do you use, per cup of water?

I heard that Cafe Bustelo is extra strong.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Friday at 10:32 PM

Can’t help you there. I use it in an espresso maker and add plenty of steamed milk. It’s definitely on strong side. Good luck.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Friday at 10:39 PM

I use it as instant coffee. The fine grounds sink to the bottom if my mug and I don’t drink drink the last bit.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Friday at 10:56 PM

It's pre-ground coffee. Tastes like dark roasted, IMO. It's pretty finely-ground, probably too fine for a French press. Maybe use 1/4 cup of Bustelo for a small pot of drip coffee.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Friday at 11:02 PM

Will it work in a regular coffee filter, R5?

by Anonymousreply 6Last Friday at 11:12 PM

Yes, R6, a regular paper filter should work.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Friday at 11:54 PM

Be careful using a paper filter.

CB is ground very fine and can clog some paper filters. Stay close by in case for your first go in case your filter clogs, sending hot liquid and grounds over-flowing.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Saturday at 2:30 AM

That coffee works well in a mokka pot. Lots of coffee works well in a mokka pot.

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Saturday at 2:44 AM

I swear the average age is here is 85.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Saturday at 2:47 AM

Cafe Bustelo is pretty delicious. It reminds me of burned sugar.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Saturday at 2:49 AM

What does Cafe Bustelo have to do with being old, R10?

R9, do you know what stores sell them?

by Anonymousreply 12Last Saturday at 3:00 AM

OP has been recently released from long-term institutionalization due to the COVID19 crisis.

Next up: OP buys Tide pods...Do I mash up the pod before adding to my machine? Do I tuck a pod into each pocket of my chinos before laundering? How does the Bounce sheet fit into the process?

by Anonymousreply 13Last Saturday at 3:11 AM

R13 is tiresome and a twit.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Saturday at 4:06 AM

Once opened, the grounds will expand, so plan on putting the opened Cafe Bustelo into a container or using a Ziploc bag to store it in.

I love it and have never had any problem with using it in a plain coffee maker with a #4 coffee filter. Just rinse the filter first and add a little hot water to the grounds for 30-60 seconds to let them bloom before brewing.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Saturday at 4:13 AM

moka pots or Italian coffee makers are sold in many Italian shops, kitchen shops, and I think Target.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Saturday at 4:32 AM

They sell Biatti moka pots at Walmart.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Saturday at 4:55 AM

Ground CB works fine in a French Press, no problems, delicious coffee

by Anonymousreply 18Last Saturday at 5:30 AM

0h my darling R14, You think I’M tiresome and a twit, yet the OP, who could’ve sorted his whole dilemma with a snip of his kitchen shears, you find riveting.

I guarantee you’d have much more interesting conversations with me, my dear. But carry on. If you’re lucky, OP might next discover canned ham (what DOES this key unlock???)

by Anonymousreply 19Last Saturday at 6:46 AM

Cafe Bustelo makes the BEST instant espresso powder - great for whipped coffee.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Saturday at 7:56 AM

R19 -- Nope, you're a tiresome twit.

This is what you look like in the commercial you starred in:

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Saturday at 8:08 AM

How do you fold the cheese?

by Anonymousreply 22Last Saturday at 8:11 AM

R15, you sound like you know what you're talking about.

What's your ratio of water to coffee grounds?

R20, do you have a recipe? It sounds delicious.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Saturday at 8:14 AM

[QUOTE]What does Cafe Bustelo have to do with being old?

Nothing, it's just that the younger queens only know how to get coffee through an App at Starbucks.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Saturday at 8:17 AM

I use it. It comes in cans too.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Saturday at 8:18 AM

Cafe Bustelo is the Official Coffee of Data Lounge.

Long time habitués know this.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Saturday at 8:33 AM

Bustelo started in the Bronx and is cuban style coffee. The yellow pack has arabica robusta mix of beans. Robusta is deeper and more bitter and has more caffeine. When coffee went uber trendy, the Robusta bean fell into disfavor. I still like it. If it's really fresh. Lots of Italian coffees still use the robusta. Bustelo has a 100% arabica product but why bother?

by Anonymousreply 27Last Saturday at 9:21 AM

Next up from OP: How do you make ice water?

by Anonymousreply 28Last Saturday at 10:19 AM

r20 - it is simple - equal parts instant coffee sugar and hot or boiling water, then whip the shit out of it (I use an immersion blender). Whip it until it gets thick - like whipped cream thick. Once it gets that thick you can serve it over hot or ice cold milk. You can sip as is stir it up (when cold I mix it a bit still stays whipped on the top).

It is all over the internet - just google korean whipped coffee.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Saturday at 10:55 AM

it's my favorite brand. I do pour over now and it tastes even better. I usually get the big yellow 'party' canister

by Anonymousreply 30Last Saturday at 11:05 AM

I use the moka pot depicted at R9. Same brand, too: Bialetti. I have used that moka pot on Cafe Bustelo and it works fine. "Blooming" before a drip is also easy and very nice.

Cafe La Llave is cheaper & maybe better (IMO) than Cafe Bustelo. Give it a try. Comes in a can or a brick.

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by Anonymousreply 31Last Saturday at 12:28 PM

Another Naif Troll™ post, I see.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Saturday at 1:38 PM

R28 Did you know there are no ice cubes in Poland? The woman who had the recipe died.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Saturday at 1:50 PM

Cafe Bustelo is so bitter, it'll grow hair on your tongue.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Saturday at 1:52 PM

Cafe Bustelo was very good until about a year or 2 ago when its corporate owner Smuckers decided it would be a good product for the discount coffee tier, which hardly exists anymore outside store brands.

You used to have to mail order it or get it at hispanic groceries. It had a fuller flavor, and although strong, wasn't really bitter. The website sold 2 other brands that were probably relabeled Bustelo, called El Pico and Pilon. These were excellent coffees at a good price and were shunned by gavachas because they were marketed to white adjacents.

Then the coffee got re-tooled, and suddenly it tastes burnt similar to Starbucks, pretty unremarkable.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Saturday at 2:01 PM

I remember El Pico and Pilon from my Brooklyn days. Now I live in Egypt and Switzerland, and drink Italian equivalents of those Latin American coffees. Shaheen is an Egyptian brand for Turkish style coffee

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by Anonymousreply 36Last Saturday at 3:53 PM

Come to think of it, Cafe La Llave has a burnt flavor as well.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Saturday at 4:01 PM

I was first introduced to Bustelo over 20 years by my Puerto Rican boyfriend from New York when I lived in LA. At the time, I drank mostly American coffee, and he brought it out when he came to visit me at Christmas time. He also introduced me to adobo and sazon so I get a little bit of Latin flavor in my food now. Bustelo was expensive in LA but I find it cheaper since I've moved to New York. I haven't drank American coffee, particularly Maxwell House or Folgers ever since. Sorry Cora and Mrs. Olson.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Saturday at 4:18 PM

Cafe Bustelo is the mythical Blatino Husbear of coffees.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Saturday at 4:26 PM

I’ve made espresso with the yellow can Bustelo with a mokka pot every morning for about a decade now and I won’t go back to regular drip coffee. They sell a “supreme” version but the regular is fine by me.

A month or so they didn’t have any Bustelo where I shop, so I paid about twice for a can of the Italian brand Lavazza which was surprisingly weak and lighter colored.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Saturday at 4:58 PM

Can you tell me how you make your espresso, R40?

I'd like to know an easy and reliable recipe for good coffee.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Saturday at 5:03 PM

There are tons of videos on YouTube showing how to use a stovetop espresso pot like the Bialetti.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Saturday at 5:07 PM

Could you recommend a video showing me how to open the brick?

by Anonymousreply 43Last Saturday at 5:08 PM

[quote] I haven't drank American coffee

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Saturday at 5:45 PM

For a standard issue "12 cup" coffee maker, use one half cup ground Cafe Bustelo. As others have noted, it is more of a powder than ground. A cheap coffee maker than releases the water into the filter quickly can overflow the filter and that crap erupts.

You can also boil it in water, let it settle, then pour into a small cup with a ton of sugar for a Cafe Cubano.

La Llave is comparable in price, but better tasting. I like very dark roasts – the oilier the better.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Saturday at 5:58 PM

Recipe for a moka pot coffee?? You fill the container with your coffee. you can tamp it slightly. you fill the water container with water. Screw it together and place on stove. Turn on heat and stick around. When you hear it has stopped gushing into the top container, remove from burner, pour, wait a minute, drink.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Saturday at 6:34 PM

For the moka pot users: I use the paper Aeropress filters w/my moka pot. Lay the paper filter down on the coffee right before you screw the top on. The coffee comes out clearer, with less sediment.

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by Anonymousreply 47Last Saturday at 7:10 PM

[quote][R15], you sound like you know what you're talking about. What's your ratio of water to coffee grounds?

I don't know if I know what I'm talking about, but I can tell you I like mine strong: I use 41 grams of Cafe Bustelo bloomed with 1/3 cup hot water, then about 28 ounces of water (up to the 5 1/2 mark on the side of the coffee pot). I serve the coffee with warmed or steamed milk, usually cafe con leche/cafe au lait style with an equal amount of coffee and milk.

I have a basic Russell Hobbs coffee maker where the water in the filter area comes out when you put the coffee pot back in, because the pot pushes up on a springloaded mechanism, so be aware of that if you bloom the coffee in the maker. The hot water used to bloom the grounds will immediately come out into the pot. I made a mess the first time because I wasn't even thinking about that.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Sunday at 3:59 AM

[quote]A month or so they didn’t have any Bustelo where I shop, so I paid about twice for a can of the Italian brand Lavazza which was surprisingly weak and lighter colored.

Which kind, do you remember? The Lavazza crema e gusto is a reddish brown and very good, and so is their Espresso ground, but it's pretty weak and you have to use a ton of it to get a good flavor, even with the darker roast. The medium roast Lavazza Espresso is just not worth it.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Sunday at 4:01 AM

I think it must have been the medium roast Lavazza. Earlier this morning I went shopping and AGAIN they were out of Bustelo... is this brand becoming hip? Very annoying. I was tempted to try Illy coffee but it is the most expensive ($5 for Bustelo vs. $18 for Illy). Has anyone tried that brand?

by Anonymousreply 50Last Sunday at 6:37 AM

R50, Cafe Bustelo has been heavily advertising lately.

I've never seen their commercials before, until recently.

That could be why they're selling out.

The commercials are very enticing.

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by Anonymousreply 51Last Sunday at 6:41 AM

Read the comments at the bottom of the video at R50, R51.

This one is my favorite:

[quote] adrishak 6 months ago My baby loves watching this commercial and helps me keep him still while changing his diaper 😆

by Anonymousreply 52Last Sunday at 6:44 AM

"One thread, 20 DL posters, and 50 coffee cups. Around here, we don't like coffee, we LOVE it!"

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by Anonymousreply 53Last Sunday at 6:48 AM

you can order it from eBay, only the big yellow canister party can is a good price there though. sometimes Walmart online and boxed dot com have it too, usually in 6 pack bricks.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Sunday at 7:11 AM

[quote] Has anyone tried that brand?

Illy has gone down in quality in the past few years. It is definitely not worth the price.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Sunday at 7:27 AM

I remember my grandmother Bustelo espresso, with a splash of Courvoisier for my Dad. It was a cortadito.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Sunday at 7:28 AM

R50, I've tried Illy. For that price, I think you have more options. Also, in my local store, the Illy coffee sits on the high shelf and I suspect the turnover is low. I'd rather buy something that is constantly replenished (in stock). I posted a photo of the Cafe La Llave, above. That's actually cheaper than Bustelo and comparable, IMO.

What about Cafe du Monde? (In the orange can.) You can drink it however you like, but you can also mix in sweetened, condensed milk and make a Vietnamese coffee.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Sunday at 12:09 PM

Cafe Bustelo was mentioned on Bon Appetit a couple of times as well, that's why I tried it, but afterwards I also noticed a lot of advertising.

Seconding the recommendation for the six-pack of Cafe Bustelo bricks from Walmart. If you shop there anyway, add it to your cart to get free shipping.

by Anonymousreply 58Last Monday at 1:39 AM

Is it possible to make a latte or a cappucino with Cafe Bustelo?

If so, how?

by Anonymousreply 5919 hours ago

R59, make a cup of Bustelo and add steamed milk to it.

by Anonymousreply 6013 hours ago

Can you make coffee with Cafe Bustelo? Why it a brick? Why it not name Coffee Bustelo? Why? How? Where?

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