So here’s the thing about Café Bustelo: it’s actually an espresso coffee, so it has this delicious, rich flavor. This makes it perfect for café con leche, which Abuela made with a lot of milk and a lot of sugar. I remember her letting me sample hers (she always took it with toast). It was such a sweet treat, and allowed me to first appreciate the flavor of a good bold coffee (softened with the milk and sugar for my youthful palette at the time). Sweet, creamy café con leche brings me nostalgia to this day, and I picture sitting with Abuela at the kitchen table and her letting me taste her toast and coffee.
The romance was carried on by my parents, who also always drank Café Bustelo (though with less sugar and milk than Abuela). The taste, quality, and full flavor just couldn’t be matched, and we all became a bit coffee snobbish as a result.