Ten Best Cuban Coffee Places in Miami

Ten Best Cuban Coffee Places in Miami
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In this city, we tend to take a lot for granted. The beach, the lack of blizzards, and Cuban coffee are examples. You think it's easy to find a cup of Cuban rocket fuel in Chicago?

A colada is like the Big Gulp of Cuban coffee. Instead of a single shot of espresso served in a tiny plastic cup, a colada contains several shots and is usually served in a small styrofoam cup. A cortadito, similar to Italy's macchiato, is like a colada with a splash of milk -- although you'll see some creative versions on this list.

Cuban coffee may be ubiquitous in the Magic City, but all Cuban coffee drinks are not created equal. In our quest to highlight the best in town, we spoke with two Cuban coffee experts, Alberto De La Cruz and JennyLee Molina.

Molina, the public relations maven behind the #305cafécito campaign, actually got Mayor Tomás Regalado to issue a proclamation declaring 3:05 p.m. as "Miami's Official Cafécito Break Time" and brought national attention to our potent potion on NPR.

See also: 305 Cafecito Time at Enriqueta's

De La Cruz, managing editor of the Babalú Blog, a digital magazine "about all things Cuban," explains his long history with Cuban coffee: "I was born and raised in Miami and have been drinking that dark elixir since my mother used to dip my pacifier in her tacita de café."

Not surprisingly, the two mostly agreed on which restaurants offer the best Cuban coffee, couldn't get through an interview about coladas and cortaditos without mentioning croquetas, and agreed that Havana Harry's is probably the worst place to grab a cup of liquid crack.

Here's what the two had to say about where to go for the best coladas and cortaditos in Miami:

Heaven in a tacita (cup).
Heaven in a tacita (cup).

10. Wajiro's Restaurant

Molina: Oh, there's a cortadito especial, like a colada, but with splashes of evaporated milk and condensed milk, topped with powdered cinnamon, that is out of this world. You can't have just one; it's a two cortadito affair.

La Carreta on Calle Ocho serves consistent coladas.
La Carreta on Calle Ocho serves consistent coladas.
Ines Hegedus-Garcia via CC

9. La Carreta

De La Cruz: If I had to describe the Cuban coladas at La Carreta with just one word it would be "consistent." No matter which location you happen to visit, you can always depend on the colada to be hot, sweet, and good, like it's supposed to be. An amazing feat when you consider they have locations all over South Florida -- even the coladas at the Mercy Hospital satellite location are good.

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