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Cuban coffee (Café cubano) with spiced apples: a festive nod to pumpkin latte

A coffee that combines the flavours of autumn, spiced pumpkin and apple lattes, with a touch of whisky… what do you think?

It’s a perfect festive autumn coffee!

Cubano with spiced apples

Steps to prepare a spiced apple cuban coffee

This apple and pumpkin spice coffee is a great festive recipe for fall season!

The first step is to prepare a spiced apple syrup. Good to know, to save a bit of time, you can prepare this syrup in advance.

To do so, apple juice, whisky and pumpkin pie spices are mixed together, heated for a few minutes and then left to cool.

Next, all you need to do is prepare the coffee, a mix of espresso coffee, pumpkin pie spices and brown sugar, that you will add to the apple syrup.

Absolutely divine!

For an alcoholic version, add a shot of whisky just before serving!

What is a café cubano?

A café cubano, or Cuban espresso, is a coffee recipe originating from Cuba.

Its particularity lies in the fact that espresso is sweetened with brown sugar during extraction.

Nowadays, this term can refer to any beverage or drink that uses cuban coffee as a basic ingredient.

Cubano aux pommes épicées
Yield: 1 verre

Cuban coffee with spiced apple and whisky (Café Cubano)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

The alternative to pumpkin spice latte, with a festive twist.



  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2-3 oz coffee (2 double shots of espresso)

Apple syrup

  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ¼ cups apple juice
  • 2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar


  • 4 oz milk (or oat milk)


Preparing the apple syrup

  1. In a small bowl, dilute cornstarch with water.
  2. Combine all syrup ingredients and boil for 2 minutes to thicken.
  3. Set aside to cool and use in cocktails.

Cubano coffee

  1. Place 1 tablespoon of the apple syrup in a mug.
  2. Take two level measures of ground espresso and mix well with the pumpkin pie spices. Place mixture in a double-filter holder and press down.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of the coffee puck.
  4. Infuse spiced espresso over syrup and stir to incorporate.
  5. Repeat steps 2-3-4.
  6. Froth the oat milk and pour into the cup.


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