8 Delicioso Latin American Coffee Recipes

With Latin America producing 40 percent of the world's coffee, it's no surprise that Latinos have plenty of ways to prepare it. Whether your abuela always used a colador or a moka pot, coffee always smells like home. Switch up your routine caffeine fix with these coffee recipes from around Latin America.

1. Coffee Recipes: Tetero


Venezuela’s super light tetero is more milk than coffee, but is delicious just the same.

Makes 1 serving.


1 shot espresso

1 cup hot milk


Prepare espresso and pour into cup. Pour hot milk over espresso and sweeten to taste.

2. Coffee Recipes: Caribbean

Caribbean Coffee

This drink packs an extra punch with rum and orange liquer.

Makes 2 servings.


1 cup brewed espresso

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. dark rum

2 tbsp. Grand Marnier or orange liqueur of choice

1 cup heavy cream

Curled orange rinds for garnish


Divide brewed espresso into two large mugs. Add 1 tablespoon sugar to each and stir until dissolved, then mix in 1 tablespoon rum and 1 tablespoon orange liqueur into each mug. Holding tablespoon facedown over side of mug, drizzle 1/2 cup cream over back of spoon so most of cream accumulates atop coffee. Repeat with second mug. Garnish with curled orange rinds, if desired.

3. Coffee Recipes: Café india

Café India

Citrus gives this beverage a refreshing kick. Consider adding a splash of white rum (solo un poquito!) if serving after dinner.

Makes 4 servings.


4 cups water

3 tablespoons ground coffee

1 slice lime

1 slice orange

1 whole clove

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, softened

Ground nutmeg

Ground cinnamon


Mix the butter, sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Set aside. Bring water to a rolling boil; add ground coffee. Boil for three minutes. Divide the butter mixture between four coffee cups and strain coffee into cups.

4. Coffee Recipes: Café pasado con pisco

Café Pascado con Pisco

Peru is as famous for its coffee beans as it is for pisco, a grape brandy. Enjoy a tacita of café pasado con pisco after dinner.

Makes 2 servings.


1 cup brewed espresso

1 shot pisco


Prepare the espresso in a moka pot on the stove. Pour coffee over pisco; stir. Makes 2 servings.

5. Coffee Recipes: Cortadito


In a cortadito, an espresso drink originating in Cuba, a shot of espresso is cut with milk to retain some of the coffee’s delicious bitterness.

Makes 1 serving.


Strong coffee



Combine one shot of espresso with equal parts milk in a demitasse cup.

6. Coffee Recipes: Café de Olla

Café de Olla

This Mexican recipe is so sweet and rich, it doesn’t need milk.

Makes 2 servings.


3 cups water 
4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half lengthwise 
3 1/2 tbsp. piloncilo (can substitute brown sugar)
3 tbsp. espresso or Latin-blend coffee, ground 
Cinnamon sticks for garnish


Combine water and cinnamon sticks in a pot and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer three to four minutes. Stir in sugar and simmer briefly until dissolved. Raise heat and bring to boil. Stir in coffee and simmer one minute. Remove from heat. Let sit two to three minutes, allowing coffee to steep. Strain and pour into two mugs. Serve with fresh cinnamon stick, if desired.

7. Coffee Recipes: Café a jengibre

Café a Jengibre

This sweet, aromatic Colombian coffee drink uses ginger and honey for an extra delicious flavor profile.

Makes 4 servings.


4 tbsp. ground coffee

4 tsp. honey

½ tsp. pinch ground ginger

Boiled milk


Mix the ground coffee and ginger and prepare four shots on espresso in an espresso machine or moka pot. Divide honey between four cups and pour coffee. Top coffee with the skin of the boiled milk.

8. Coffee Recipes: Malteada de café

This cool, sweet approach to coffee is perfect for summer. Thank you Colombia, for this special treat!

Makes 1 serving.


2 cups cold (iced) coffee

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

½ cup milk

Chocolate sauce (optional)


Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until well-blended. Top with chocolate sauce to taste.