Cafezinho is a Brazilian way of brewing coffee, deeply ingrained in the country's culture. It's a small, strong cup of coffee, typically sweetened, served as a gesture of hospitality in homes and businesses alike. This method produces a concentrated, smooth coffee, similar to espresso but made without a machine.

Glass Type: Small Cup


  • 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee (preferably Brazilian coffee for authenticity)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Sugar to taste (traditionally, the coffee is pre-sweetened)


  • Boil the water in a saucepan. Once boiling, add sugar to taste, dissolving it completely.
  • Add the ground coffee to the boiling water, stir once, and remove from heat. Allow it to steep for a few minutes.
  • Strain the coffee using a fine cloth or a traditional cloth coffee strainer into a small cup.
  • Serve immediately, offering a rich and warm welcome in the form of a coffee.

Did You Know?

  • The term "cafezinho" literally translates to "little coffee" in Portuguese, reflecting the small servings in which it is traditionally enjoyed.
  • Pre-sweetening the coffee is a common practice, making the cafezinho a distinctly sweet treat.
  • Cafezinho is more than just a coffee; it's a social gesture, symbolizing hospitality, warmth, and friendship in Brazilian culture.