Mi Corazon Adores Cafe Bustelo Mexican Style Instant Coffee
Firstly, I have to thank my sister friend Uma for sending me this wondrous coffee. She grew up in New York City so she knew this coffee from I'm not even sure when. And when I first got it, I'll admit I was unsure. So many products take advantage of Mexican culture and have nothing at all to do with Latino anything, but this coffee is the real deal.
The company was started in the 1930s by immigrants from Puerto Rico, Gregorio Bustelo, a Spanish transplant and his wife. And this is indeed a Mexican style blend and a product of Mexico. Hecho en MÃ©xico for those who have watched a bit too much of that Xfinity Latino teaser station. And enough of this coffee and you'll be perky enough to purr a friendly 'Besos!' to everyone you meet. Did I mention that a story of immigrants making good touches my heart as my great grandfather was a cobbler?
So it is the style of coffee actually enjoyed by many people of all sorts of backgrounds, Latino included for generations. But she didn't send it for that reason. She sent it because I was greeting a certain folks saint (Hint: I'm currently blasting Cartel de Santa) with a boatload of Mexican cooking and she knew I did love Mexican coffee. Seriously, it is the best stuff on Earth. And this? This coffee was amazing! When I brewed that first cup in offering I felt transported to coffee nirvana.
Now the saint, being of the generous, sweet and motherly variety kept coaxing me to try some with plenty of 'mi corazÃ³ns' and 'mijas' and 'You are too skinny, eat something!' Seriously? The only Spanish word I can think of that describes me is gordita. She of course also used 'mi gordita' (pet name, honest) and I just giggled, but back to this wondrous brew.
It has become my coffee. Full stop. When we were near the end of a jar I and my beloved la flaca went online and checked out Amazon. Did I love this coffee, she asked, hand to her heart. Of course, but it is her special coffee. But we can share, because God knows I am getting too skinny. And we find twelve jars. She points out, very demurely that twelve jars will last even me a while (seriously, I think these jars magically refill) and then it could become my house coffee. I could have it all the time, and if I could spare a cup for a poor folk saint once in a while...
And twelve jars is actually not all that much. I use two at a time. One in my kitchen, one in my office, and it is truly delicious coffee. I do honestly prefer it to may of the fancier coffees I used to brew in my French press and it does not taste like an instant coffee. It reminds me of every wondrous brew of Mexican descent I've ever had.
And it not only keeps mi madre happy, it keeps unwanted visitors out of my house. Seriously. They have an irrational fear of everything Mexican or Azteca so mi corazÃ³n is delighting in the brew and I am enjoying it's apparently magical power to keep the xenophobic out of my kitchen. Though the giant altar may have something to do with it. Ha!
But so long as Amazon carries it, this is my coffee for life. The scent alone is amazing and the taste is out of this world. And yes a cup is perfect with everything. It also makes the best darn chocolate cupcake booster in the world. Besos!
PS Like the background? That's a close up of my Bustelo in the jar. But la flaca is used to me acting loco and just cocked her head when she saw me sticking my camera lens in the coffee jar. Also, my apologies for any mistakes with accents or in my Spanish. I'm self taught, lo siento.
Want an expresso blend? It comes in bricks! Yes this is seriously tempting me.
Want an Arabian blend instead? They have you covered. And yes you want to buy this coffee in bulk, trust me.
CafÃ© con leche!!!!! I had no idea they made this wondrous product and it prices out to about the same as me grabbing a major American brand by the bottle here.
This coffee is awesome no matter what way you brew it. Here the classic ground coffee in the cheerful yellow packages is the star.
The background for the lens. I love the texture of the grains. And the aroma. Me gusta!