Cafe Bustelo Review – a Cup of Nostalgia

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Café Bustelo on the breakfast table
Café Bustelo on the breakfast table

Recently I received a 10oz can of Cafe Bustelo espresso ground coffee to try.

The last time I had tried Cafe Bustelo was in the USA (I lived there for several years before coming home to the UK) where I occasionally drank it.

I can’t say that Cafe Bustelo was one of my favourite tasting coffees. Nevertheless, I was eager to give it another try in the comfort of my own home and back on home soil.

Cafe Bustelo with a cafetiere

I prepared the coffee in my preferred way using a glass cafetiere (sometimes a Moka pot -Cafe Bustelo grounds are good enough to use this method) a brief stir then I let sit for a few minutes.

The coffee produced a nice medium-dark looking cup of java.

A nostalgic trip down memory lane

This time, the coffee tasted much better, however, it brought back the memory of an earthy dark bitter taste. It’s not unpleasant and after a short while, you get used to it. I did have that slightly nostalgic feel when you hear a piece of music or taste something sweet that jogs your memory.

Currently, I'm into illy coffee

However, I feel there are much better off-the-shelf coffees on the market and when I'm not indulging in a flat-white at the local artisan coffee shop near me, then at home I'm enjoying a combination of illy classic medium roast and I mix in some illy dark roasted into the classic. (4 spoons of illy medium and 1 spoon of Illy dark).

Where to Buy Cafe Bustelo in the UK

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What does Café Bustelo taste like?

It's an acquired taste and for many of its fans a nostalgic trip down memory lane, for others it is part of their lifestyle. It’s has a dark, earthy taste with a medium aroma. For those that want to try an original style Cuban espresso then you will appreciate this coffee.

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