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:

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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.

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La Carreta on Calle Ocho serves consistent coladas.
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.

Location Info

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

186 NE 29th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe

1880 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Suiza Bakery

8566 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Wajiro's

12670 SW 8th St., West Dade, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Carreta

5350 W. 16th Ave., Hialeah, FL

Category: Restaurant

Islas Canarias Bakery-Restaurant

3804 SW 137th Ave., West Dade, FL

Category: Restaurant

Manolo & Rene Cafeteria

281 NE 1st St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Vicky Bakery

5500 W. 16th Ave., Hialeah, FL

Category: Restaurant

Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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62 comments
eruiz10
eruiz10

I want to know if the roaches are including in  the coffee . Last time I was at Enriqueta's several roaches were ruining in the dinner area. 

Foodieone
Foodieone

Cafe is the elixir created to make us feel good, energetic, and happy. Thank God for cafe!

Phillip Andrew Lakes
Phillip Andrew Lakes

It's not just about the coffer brand, Cubans have a whole set of techniques for the perfect coffee. True story.

Phillip Andrew Lakes
Phillip Andrew Lakes

La carreta should no be on this list, their coffee, food and service sucks! I'll take a mom and pop colada in the heart of Hialeah any day!

Maggie Anzardo
Maggie Anzardo

Very, very important information, necessary for my well-being! lol

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Tinta y Cafe on SW 8th Street should be on this list.

peetdiaz
peetdiaz

Lucy's on 27th Ave. Open 24-7. On 25th Terrace.

Ileana Canetti
Ileana Canetti

Versailles is the best,and another good is Polo Norte.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

especially with no sugar. Ask Matthew LEBLANC

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

Im french we french people know what good coffee taste like.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

I tried many coladas in havana, south beach all through miami go try ciciques corner the coffee shop next to dunken donuts there a blond cuban girl that works there. share and like if im right.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

I lived was five years in miami California cuban coffee shops dont know what a colada is. I got a expresso machine and cuban beans in my bags.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

I tried coladas and ciciques corner colada gets you wierd like liquid dope.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

the coffee shop next to dunken donuts. best colada in miami go get it.

Oscar Badillo
Oscar Badillo

They're missing some gems in Hialeah and Miami Lakes

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

De La Cruz: ".......and wrestle your way past locals who think having a Cuban coffee is a two-hour affair standing at the counter>"

You have no right to claim any Cuban heritage with that statement.

Chris Guapo
Chris Guapo

Any place in Little Havana or Hialeah

sweetbabybert
sweetbabybert

I hate to disagree with this list but Versailles is WAY over rated. Sure if you want to put up with really bed service (specially at the to-go counter) and mediocre food just to get a chance to glimpse a Latino star you can waste your money here. For my money I go to 1) Karla's bakery on Flagler and 69thish (bonus, the BEST pastelitos anywhere) or to Sergio's (bonus the BEST croquetas in town). that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Tinta y Cafe missing from this list!

Kyle Pineda
Kyle Pineda

Good to see a list where a city's "top ten" isn't concentrated around Wynwood and the surrounding two block radius.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............what i have to know is WHAT"S the difference between ITALIAN espresso and CUBAN colada ?

i was told about $2.40 as an answer ($3 for the espresso vs $ .60 for the colada)

i want to know the technical difference since the machines are the same the grind is the same the roast is the same the beans are the same  - no ?

Jose Delgado
Jose Delgado

Bro, I don't agree with the statement regarding consistency at La Carreta because all of the broward locations I have been too make horrible coladas and cortaditos. Also, I think Rosie @ Casavana in Miami Lakes makes one of the best Coladas I've ever had and I know plenty who feel the same. Check her out if you get the chance.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Cuban coffee sucks... I drink cafe con leche... The real coffee is Colombian

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes

@sweetbabybert  Karla's does have good coffee, but the pastelitos are just okay. The fact that it's open 24/7 and that the sandwiches are so huge is a big plus though. 

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@frankd4 The grind is Different(Cuban Coffee is finer) and they roast the beans hotter.

Also just because the machines are the same doesn't mean they are set up the same.  Cuban coffee being a finer grain is pack more tightly.  The machines are set up to work with a higher pressure and temperature than their Italian brethren.

I have introduced more than a few native Italians to Cuban coffee and they have all been impressed with it's potency.

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes

That's because they're in Broward! 

JLPR
JLPR

Look at @305cafecito, I love Rosie! But it has to be her - not everyone makes it the same.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4  


very interesting, thank you Anthony


i was also once told that the machine has to be used a LOT


otherwise the most sophisticated coffee machine is like driving a lamborgini at 30 mph - instead of 220 mph where you really feel the difference

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