Cafe Bustelo Review
This super-dark, Cuban-style coffee is popular among penny-pinchers who want bold flavor without a premium price tag. Consumers who drink it black might find it bitter; it's intended for cafe con leche and other drinks that incorporate milk and sugar.
Originally roasted and sold door-to-door by Cuban immigrants, Cafe Bustelo (starting at $3.79 for a 10-ounce can, Amazon) is meant to be drunk as cafe con leche or cafecito, which is sweetened with dark sugar as it brews. Cafe Bustelo reviews indicate that the Cuban-style coffee has earned a following outside the Hispanic market, as well, among coffee drinkers who favor super-dark brew. It's finely ground to be used as espresso. One consumer who has tried it that way and has also put it in an automatic drip pot suggests on Amazon that it tastes best when made with a French press. We used an automatic coffee maker in our blind taste test, and our panelists declared the coffee acrid when they drank it black -- like gas station brew that's been sitting on a hotplate, one said. The strong taste was tempered by the addition of milk.
Some people mention in Cafe Bustelo reviews that they grew up in or near a Hispanic neighborhood and have a nostalgic fondness for this coffee. Others, such as this consumer who posted a review at CVS, simply enjoy strong, bold, dark coffee and appreciate the bargain price.
A blogger at Slashfood declares Cafe Bustelo better than many pricey premium blends. Folks who like the dark roast of Starbucks but not the price have become fans, according to Cafe Bustelo reviews on Amazon and Miami Culinary Tours. While this coffee is dark, it's also smooth and lacks bitterness, coffee drinkers say. Our panelists noted the spicy aroma.
Cafe Bustelo comes finely ground in either a can or a brick. It is also available as instant coffee, and there's a decaf version for people who want the bold, dark flavor without the kick.