Cafezinho, which means “little coffee” in Portuguese, is a traditional way of making coffee in Brazil. It’s a strong and sweet coffee that’s often enjoyed in small, concentrated servings.
Here’s how to make a great cup of Cafezinho:
Coarsely ground dark roast coffee beans (usually Arabica)
Sugar (typically white, but you can use brown or another sweetener if preferred)
Small pot (traditional: a small metal pot called a “bule”)
Coffee filter or cloth filter
A wooden spoon or stirrer
Small cups or demitasse cups
Measure the Coffee: For a strong cup of Cafezinho, use 2 to 3 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee per cup.
Boil the Water: Measure the water, using roughly 2 ounces (about 60ml) of water for each tablespoon of coffee. For example, if you’re making two cups, use 4 to 6 tablespoons of coffee and 4 to 6 ounces (120 to 180ml) of water. You can adjust the strength to your liking.
Mix Coffee and Water: In your pot (bule or similar), combine the measured coffee grounds and water. Stir well to ensure the coffee grounds are fully saturated.
Bring to a Boil: Place the pot over medium heat and bring the coffee to a boil. This step is crucial in Cafezinho to create a concentrated and strong brew.
Reduce the Heat: After it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for a few minutes (typically 4-5 minutes). Keep an eye on it to prevent it from boiling over.
Sweeten to Taste: Sugar is an essential part of Cafezinho. Add sugar to taste while the coffee is still simmering. A common rule of thumb is about one teaspoon of sugar per tablespoon of coffee, but you can adjust it to your sweetness preference.
Strain and Serve: Using a coffee filter or cloth filter, strain the Cafezinho into small cups or demitasse cups. This step will remove the coffee grounds, leaving you with a smooth, strong, and sweet coffee.
Enjoy: Cafezinho is traditionally served in small portions. Sip and savor the robust flavor with a hint of sweetness.
Cafezinho is more than just a coffee; it’s a cultural experience in Brazil, often enjoyed in social settings or after a meal. It’s a great way to appreciate the strong and sweet side of Brazilian coffee culture. Adjust the strength and sweetness to your liking and enjoy the unique flavor of Cafezinho.