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a mug of coffee with milk

Puerto Rican Café con Leche

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 cups 1x
  • Category: drinks, beverages
  • Method: boiled
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Start the day off right with a warm cup of traditional Puerto Rican café con leche, made with Puerto Rican coffee, sugar and steamed milk. This traditional Latin drink can be found at any given time in panaderías, restaurants and home kitchens across the island.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup filtered water (for brewing the coffee)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp sugar


  1. Brew your coffee according to the instructions on the coffee making device you’re using. See notes for directions if using a saucepan to make your coffee.
  2. While your coffee brews, add milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a light simmer before killing the heat.
  3. Fill your cup with coffee until just halfway full. Add sugar and stir with a spoon. Pour steamed milk in to fill the cup. Enjoy!


If brewing coffee in a saucepan: add water and bring to a simmer before adding in coffee grounds, simmering together for a minute, killing the heat, allowing it to steep for 2 minutes, then straining through your colador into a large cup. Add brewed coffee, sugar and milk to a clean saucepan and steam until hot. Enjoy!