How to Make the Delectable Spanish Coffee

Written by The Kitchen Hand on . Posted in Coffee & Tea

A variety of coffee choices are available and still one of the best coffee drinks is a Spanish coffee drink.

A major figure has been consuming this beverage for a long period of time for a number of different reasons.

However, the most prominent reason why this coffee is so well known is that of the fact that this coffee is not just able to reenergize an individual but this coffee can also provide its consumers with a boost of caffeine which will keep them up on their feet the entire day.

And if you have been planning to make this beverage for the first time then you might be little confused because of the huge number of recipes out there. Most of those recipes take up a rather basic approach which results in this coffee losing its renowned flavor.

However, we have decided to bring to you the best and the most detailed recipe for a delectable cup of Spanish coffee. But before proceeding on to the recipe, it is first important for all our readers to learn about this coffee. We will be discussing the various aspects of this beverage in the sections below.

What is a Spanish Coffee?

This beverage is also known as the Spanish coffee liqueur. And when we think of those terms together we immediately tend to picture a hot cup of coffee with some rum or another type of alcohol mixed in it. This mental picture does not even come close to the actual taste of this drink.

There are a number of different takes on this beverage but the most common type of coffee is made up of three main ingredients. And the three main ingredients are:

  • Rum
  • Coffee
  • Coffee Liqueur

There are also a number of other ingredients which are present in this drink. This beverage is also known as ‘Carajilli’. And in the Spanish language, this term can literally be translated to courage. This drink is served with a lot of fanfare in its place of birth. This drink is often consumed during festivals or some other kind of special occasion.

There is also a long history which is attached to the story of the distribution of this beverage. And it all begins when the Spanish ships decided to carry the coffee plants and the coffee seeds with them to the different remote area of the world.

During that time, those remote areas had no access to coffee and those areas further did not have a local coffee plantation at that time. But it was soon apparent that those areas have become the hub of coffee plantation. Gradually individuals of Spanish descend started to settle in South and Central America.

This further resulted in those individuals setting up huge coffee plantations which eventually led to the spread of the Spanish coffee to all corners of the world.

It is important for the readers to note that originally coffee was brought by the Turkish immigrants to Spain and because of that there were not many coffee plantations in Spain. But it was the Spanish people who developed a roasting method of those oily beans so that they became very dark and almost black.

These almost black beans were used to produce a highly strong coffee which is now known as the Spanish roast or the Dark French Roast coffee.

The Various types of Spanish Coffee

We mentioned above, that there are a number of different takes on this drink. This has resulted in a wide variety of this beverage. And some of those different varieties of this beverage are mentioned below.

  • Spanish Coffee Cocktail

This coffee has an incredibly rich flavor and it further stems from the Spanish coffee. This coffee also has a delicate balance of alcohol and the coffee flavor in it.

  • Fire Spanish Coffee

Fire Spanish coffee is also known as the flaming coffee. This beverage is a beast of its own and is perhaps one of the most famous types of coffee. This drink is literally lit on fire to provide its consumers with a taste that they are bound to never forget. This drink has the capacity to warm an individual from the inside out

  • The 4 Ingredient Spanish Coffee

This is a type of beverage which is usually prepared by a large number of people at their homes. The recipe of this beverage is easy to follow and can be made in a matter of few minutes. This beverage can be an easy dessert that you can have after your dinner.

  • Spanish Carajillo Coffee

This drink can provide all its consumers with the authentic taste of the best coffee. The recipe for this drink might not be that easy to follow but this beverage is totally worth the effort that gets into the process of making it.

  • Tipsy Spanish Coffee

As it must be quite obvious from the name, this type of coffee is a little heavy on the alcohol side. This beverage contains coffee, whipped cream, and a number of other ingredients.

  • Espresso and Brandy Spanish Coffee

This drink is filled with creativity as it puts a twist in the creative culinary arts. To make this drink an individual will need brandy and espresso which will result in a coffee drink that you will just end up craving more.

  • Iced Spanish Coffee

This drink comes with a glass which is rimmed with cinnamon. It is filled with booze and rich coffee. It is further topped with whipped cream. All this combines and provides all consumers with a taste that they will never forget.

  • Spanish Café con Leche

This is an easy coffee to make as it requires little time and only a total of mere three ingredients. Individuals can choose to whip this coffee up in the morning and give a warm start to their day

  • Classic Spanish Cocktail

This cocktail has a vibrant flavor and can also be created from the comfort of our homes. This hydrating drink consists of coffee and liqueur.

  • Spiced Spanish Coffee Beverage

This drink is filled with enticing ingredients like lime, rum, Kahula, Triple Sec, and many other ingredients. This results in a drink that is bound to make any of our mouths water.

These are all the eleven different types of Spanish coffee.

The Best Spanish Coffee Recipe

In this section, we will be looking at the best Spanish coffee recipe. But first, we will be mentioning all the Spanish coffee ingredients that you will need.


The different ingredients for this beverage are mentioned below.

  • Extremely fine sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Khalua or coffee liqueur
  • Triple sec
  • Proof Rum
  • Several nutmeg or cinnamon
  • Whipped cream

These are all the different ingredients which are used in Spanish coffee.


  1. Pick up three different shallow bowls which have a large diameter. Pour lemon juice, fine sugar, and cinnamon or nutmeg in those three respective bowls
  2. Pick up a wine glass and prepare it for the beverage by dipping the rim of the glass in those bowls containing lemon juice, fine sugar, cinnamon or nutmeg. Shake off the excess
  3. Add triple sec and rum to the glass
  4. Turn the glass a little and carefully ignite a flame. Keep rotating the glass while keeping it in contact with the flame. Perform this step until sugar has caramelized
  5. Brew hot coffee on the side
  6. Pour coffee liqueur. After that, pour hot coffee on top of it
  7. Add whipped cream on top gently with the help of the back of a spoon
  8. If you are using nutmeg, then sprinkle some nutmeg on top of it
  9. Enjoy the drink!

The Ingredient Info

In this section, we will be looking at the details of the ingredients which are used in this beverage. And the details of those ingredients are mentioned below.

  • Proof Rum

This type of rum has higher alcohol content. This is also one of the bolder alcoholic drinks which exist currently. This rum was invented for the ease of shipment. But soon individuals grew a taste for this type of rum and this alcoholic beverage spread to various parts of the world.

  • Triple Sec

Triple sec was originally known as the Curacao triple sec. This is a type of colorless liqueur which has a rather orange flavor. This liqueur is also strong and sweet in its taste. This liqueur is made from the dried peels of sweet and bitter orange. There are also a number of different types of curacao triple sec.

A large number of people also find the etymology of this term quite interesting. However, the meaning of the terms ‘triple sec’ is not clear but sec can be translated to dry in the French language.

  • Lemon

Lemon is also known as Citrus Limon. Citrus Limon is also the scientific name of this fruit. This fruit is used for a number of culinary purposes and it also grows on a species of evergreen and small flowering tree. This fruit is also used for a number of cleaning purposes. The juice of lemon consists of citric acid.

The concentration of citric acid is around 5% to 6%. This results in this fruit taking up a sour taste with a total pH of approximately 2.2. There are a number of drinks which are made with the help of this fruit. And two of the most popular drinks which are made by this fruit are lemon meringue and lemonade.

  • Coffee

Coffee is an extremely famous drink and this drink is made from some roasted coffee beans. These coffee beans are further taken from a plant which is a part of the coffea species. The coffee beans are actually the seeds of the berries which grow on the plants of the coffea species.|

The plants of this species are native to Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Reunion, the Indian Ocean, and tropical Africa. But now the coffee plants are cultivated in more than 70 countries. This has also resulted in the rise of the number of individuals who consume the coffee drinks regularly.

  • Coffee Liqueur

Coffee Liqueur is the combination of the two most common beverages. And those beverages are coffee and alcohol. But in coffee liqueur, a huge amount of sugar is needed to balance out the sharp taste of alcohol. There is also a variety of coffee liqueur which is available for individuals to purchase in the market. The most common type of coffee liqueur is Kahlua.

  • Fine Sugar

Fine sugar is also known as superfine sugar. This type of sugar consists of finer crystals of sugar. This type of sugar is easier to dissolve in most kinds of liquids. However, it is important for all readers to remember that this type of fine sugar is different from powdered sugar. This sugar is also extremely easy to use or process in a blender.

These are some of the most common ingredients which are used to prepare this Spanish coffee.

The Benefits of Drinking Coffee

In this last section, we will be looking at the different benefits that an individual can get if he or she chooses to consume coffee. And some of those different benefits of drinking cups of coffee are mentioned below.

  • Reduce the Pain

According to a number of studies, it has been found that a total of two cups of coffee can help an individual is reducing the post-workout muscle pain by up to a total of 48%. One of these researches has been published in the Journal of Pain March 2007.

  • Up the Fiber Intake

According to a study which was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, a cup of brewed coffee consists of a total of 1.8 grams of fiber. This can contribute to the total recommended amount of fiber which an individual needs for a healthy body. The recommended amount of fiber intake is 10-38 grams.

  • Protect from Cirrhosis of Liver

It is a commonly known fact that an individual can choose to protect himself or herself from Cirrhosis of the liver by cutting down his or her alcohol intake. But there have also been a number of studies which show that coffee can provide protecting benefits to individuals against this disease. One of these studies was published in the Hepatology Journal.

  • Decreased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes can be a very stressful disease for any individual. And there have been many studies which were conducted to find out about the different factors which can have an effect on this disease. And one of those studies was performed with cups of coffee.

The result of that study indicated that consuming a single cup of coffee a day can help in decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes by a total of 9% and consuming a cup of decaf coffee can bring down that risk of diabetes to 6%.

  • Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of progressive disease which can result in the individual losing his or her memory and various other mental functions. There has also been considerable evidence which points to the fact that consuming caffeine or a cup or a cup of coffee can help an individual by protecting that individual against Alzheimer’s disease.

One such study was published in the European Journal of Neurology. In that study, it was concluded that consuming caffeine can prevent an individual from avoiding the build-up of plaque which has been linked to the development of this disease.

  • Reduced Risk of Depression and Suicide

Depression is a type of medical illness. And this medical illness along with suicide has been linked with a large number of deaths. And According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, it was found that consuming 4 or more cups of coffee in a day can help an individual in reducing the risk of suicide and depression.

  • Protect against Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a type of disease of the central nervous system. This disease often includes tremors and can also cause stiffness. Researches have been trying to find the different ways through which the chances of acquiring this disease can be decreased.

And according to the majority of those studies, it has been found that consuming cups of coffee regularly can help an individual in reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease. These factors can be reduced even after this disease consists of genetic factors.

  • Decreased Risk of Heart Disease

Heart diseases are one of the biggest known causes of death all across the globe. There have also been a number of factors which can decrease the risk of acquiring these diseases. And one of those factors is by the consumption of coffee.

According to a number of Korean studies, it has been found that consuming 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day can help an individual in reducing the risk of developing heart diseases.

These are some of the biggest benefits of consuming coffee.


Spanish coffee is a very popular drink. This drink consists of a number of different ingredients. But there are also three main ingredients which are used in this drink. And those three main ingredients are rum, coffee, and coffee liqueur. There are also a number of different types of this drink.

The recipe for making this drink is not that easy to follow but this beverage is totally worth the effort. There are also a number of different benefits of drinking coffee.

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