When it comes to pastries, we Latinos definitely know what we’re doing. From elaborate Spanish Milhojas to the buttery sweet comfort of Cuban pastelitos, there is something to satisfy every craving. The only question left is what to drink along with it? Here are 10 of the best Latin pastry and coffee pairings to enjoy on your next coffee break.
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Pan de Mallorca + Black Coffee
These soft and fluffy rolls—also known as ensaïmadas—are traditionally served dusted with a generous shower of powdered sugar. Popular in Puerto Rico, they originally came from the Spanish island of Majorca (hence the name). Enjoy it toasted with plenty of good butter, or tuck in a few slices of salty ham and cheese for the ultimate breakfast. Beautifully sweet on their own, these are best served with a cup of strong and freshly brewed black coffee.
Milhojas + Macchiato
Many thin, flaky layers of pastry are filled with arequipe—a sweet cream made of condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla. It’s an elegant pastry that is best served as dessert after a fine meal. This rich confection will need something strong to cut the sweetness, so enjoy it with a classic macchiato—a shot of strong espresso topped with just the smallest dollop of frothed milk.
Pastelito de Guayaba + Caffè Misto
Craving something a little comforting? Look no further than these Cuban sweets! Flaky, buttery puff pastry is filled with sweet and fragrant guava paste, then baked until golden. It’s the perfect afternoon snack to enjoy with a Caffè Misto-which is what Italians call a café con leche. Made with equal parts strong coffee and sweet steamed milk, it’s just the thing to sit, sip, and savor.
Churros + Caffe Mocha
Churros and hot chocolate are a classic combination, but why not kick it up a notch and pair them with a mocha, instead? Two or three of these crisp fried dough sticks dusted with cinnamon sugar are the perfect match for a rich mug of chocolatey coffee. Don’t forget the whipped cream on top!
Pan Dulce + Caramel Flan Latte
In Mexico, pan dulce is a breakfast staple. These sweet bread rolls are prepared in a variety of different shapes and colors that are almost as fun to look at as they are to enjoy. Whether you choose an iconic concha, with it’s shell-like sugar topping, or a corn-shaped pan de elote, enjoy them alongside a Starbucks Caramel Flan Latte. The combination of freshly brewed espresso topped with caramel-infused whipped cream and a caramel drizzle is the perfect pairing for the lightly sweet Mexican treats.
Quesito + Latte
Reminiscent of a classic cheese Danish, Puerto Rican quesitos are made from a buttery puff pastry that is filled with sweet cream cheese filling and topped with a sweet and sticky sugar glaze. Best served fresh from the oven, try them alongside another coffeehouse classic: the latte—a shot of bold espresso topped with sweet steamed milk.
Pastel de Nata + Iced Coffee
Small and round with a flaky pastry on the outside, and a creamy vanilla-scented custard on the inside, these tiny Portuguese tarts are just the thing to enjoy on warmer days when you’re craving a taste of something sweet that won’t weigh you down. Paired with a refreshing iced coffee, they’re a perfect treat for those hotter days.
Alfajores + Espresso con Panna
Enjoyed throughout Latin America, Argentina and Uruguay usually get the credit for these decadent cookie sandwiches. Two sweet crumbly cookies joined together with a filling of dulce de leche or jam, then dipped in chocolate, powdered sugar or coconut. They’re rich and luscious, so why not continue the trend? Enjoy these with an equally luxurious Espresso con Panna—otherwise known as an espresso with sweet whipped cream.
Pandebono + Cappuccino
Chewy and the perfect mix of sweet and salty, these puffy Colombian cheese breads are totally addictive (you’ve been warned!). A perfect breakfast or late-afternoon snack, these are light enough to pair with something rich, like a mug of foam-topped cappuccino.
Rosquitas + Americano
With just a hint of licorice-like anise flavor, these sweet and crunchy bread rings are made for dipping. Popular in Peru and Ecuador, where they are commonly sold on the street and small cafes, they’re ideal alongside a cup of your favorite freshly brewed coffee. Instead of the usual drip, try them with an Americano—it’s an espresso that’s been stretched with a little extra water, giving it a richer, more nuanced flavor.
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