For my Cuban family, coffee is an essential part of the culture. It’s in the blood. We often joke that my mother-in-law put café in my husband’s baby bottle. A cup of coffee after a great meal is essential, no matter how late. Yet in joining my husband’s family, I soon came to discover that a cup of coffee (a cafecito) can be so much more. It’s a way to bring family together after every meal over conversation: reminiscing and just catching up on what’s going on in each other’s lives. It’s a magic time of bonding, a time to linger and to love. In Latino culture, this time is known as sobremesa.
Since we relocated to Boston from California, we don’t get to see our Cuban relatives as much as we used to, which is why my mother-in-law’s current visit makes sobremesa that much more special.
It’s a time for her to be able to catch up with what’s going on in school for our kindergartner Leilani. It’s a time to tell stories, because Leilani is now of the age where she wants to know what it was like to grow up in Cuba. It’s a time for my mother-in-law to treasure moments with our new baby, and to find out what’s new for my husband in his medical career and for me with my blog. And we get to find out all the latest news about the family in LA and what’s happening in my mother-in-law’s life.
So many of these great conversations wouldn’t be possible if we just cleared the table and said goodnight, or turned on the TV or looked down at our smart devices. Instead we celebrate our essential sobremesa moments with café (drinking a cafecito). NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO created a video that highlights the differences of after-dinner conversation with and without coffee. Coffee wins every time! Check out the video here:
Now almost as important as the moment itself is what kind of coffee we are drinking. NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO is rich and bold, which perfectly suits the bold and rich character of my Cuban family. Strong and flavorful with a divine aroma, NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO has brought us together for our #MomentoNESCAFE sobremesa. It is the flavor of choice and the fond favorite of countless Hispanic families, but it’s pure coffee that everyone can enjoy during our authentic moments of sharing!
Now to add a fun twist to our sobremesa, I decided to try something new. With a little inspiration from my dear friend Leticia Alaniz, I invented an easy-to-prepare orange cream café recipe to enjoy with NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO.
Orange cream café recipe with NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO
Creating the orange cream cafe recipe couldn’t be easier! Watch my video for an easy how-to!
- For four servings you'll need:
- For the whipped cream:
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- For the coffee:
- Four cups of boiling water
- 4 teaspoons of Nescafé Clásico
- 5-10 strips of fresh orange peel
- Orange peel strips for garnish
- Tip: Place the egg beaters and bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes before making the whipped cream.
- At medium-high speed, beat the whipped cream until "soft peaks" form. Add the orange extract and sugar. Continue beating until "stiff peaks" form.
- Boil the water and add the orange peels to create an orange flavor infusion.
- Add 1 teaspoon of Nescafé Clásico and hot water to each coffee cup. Top with the whipped cream.
Do you have a favorite café recipe that you enjoy after meals with family? What is your favorite part of the sobremesa? Share your thoughts in the comments section!