Where to Score the Best Cuban Coffee in Miami and Key West

Iced Cafe Con Leche at Cuban Coffee Queen. All photos courtesy of Cazey W over at As Told Over Brunch, since I downed my coffee way too quickly to ever get photos.

Iced Cafe Con Leche at Cuban Coffee Queen. All photos courtesy of Cazey W over at As Told Over Brunch, since I downed my coffee way too quickly to ever get photos.

I love coffee and pretty much can’t imagine what my life would be like without it or some sort of caffeine. I had always wanted to try Cuban coffee and finally got the opportunity to when we took a vacation to South Florida. If you’re looking to try some as well, I’ve shared my top locations in Miami and Key West to get a cup.

If you’re not super familiar with Cuban coffee (besides the fact that it is from Cuba), here’s a little bit to get you up to speed. The Cafecito or Café Cubano is a small serving of Cuban coffee about the size of a shot. It’s twice as strong as American coffee but is sweeter and easier to drink. A Cortadito is a Cuban coffee with a few tablespoons of milk (still served in a smaller cup). This is a good starter Cuban coffee drink. I first heard of a Cortadito when I was watching Kortney and Khloe Take Miami (no shame people, no shame), but after that I was then fascinated by Cuban coffee and couldn’t wait to try it. The Café Con Leche is pretty much a Cuban latte. This has hot, steamed milk with a shot of Cuban coffee in it. There you go, now you’re a pro and can order that Cuban coffee with confidence.

In Miami, you’re never going to be far away from a restaurant or diner that serves a great cup of Cuban coffee (especially if you're in Little Havana). There are so many to choose from, but my top pick is Los Olas Café, which is located at 644 Sixth Street and is a truly authentic Cuban café. This place serves a great, strong cup of Cuban coffee which you can order at the café counter or if you’re in a hurry, you can order at their to-go window on Euclid Avenue. While you’re there, make sure to order yourself an authentic Cuban sandwich while you’re at it.

In Key West, you’re literally the closest you could be to Cuba, without actually being in Cuba. So I definitely expected to find some great Cuban coffee while I was here and I didn’t leave disappointed. If you’re in Key West, make sure to stop by Cuban Coffee Queen to get your caffeine fix. You can visit them at one of their two locations. Their original location right on the waterfront is at 284 Margaret Street. But you can also find them downtown at 5 Key Lime Square. They have an extensive menu of Cuban coffee choices and even let you add mocha, caramel, or vanilla flavoring if you want it a little sweeter. It was extra hot that day so I opted for the Iced Café Con Leche with caramel to help keep me awake on our drive to Pompano Beach. With the past few days being so hot here in Richmond, I’ve been daydreaming about getting this every single morning.

Like I mentioned, if you’re in South Florida, it’s really not hard to find a great cup of Cuban coffee. But once you are able to try it, it’s hard to go back to your normal blend. Where are some of your favorite places to get Cuban coffee? We love recommendations and new places to try! Stay caffeinated my friends!