How To Make Café Bombon: 7 Easy Steps

Café Bombon originated in Valencia, Spain. And much like most Spanish things, it spread to other parts of the world during the Spanish colonization era. That is why Café Bombon is now found in its many variations in different parts of Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Americas, especially in Cuba. Bombon is a Spanish term that means “confection.” The Kopi Susu Panas or Gafeh Rorn, found in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, is a variation of Café Bombon itself.

Traditionally, it includes espresso and sweetened condensed milk in a 1:1 proportion. But to cut the sweetness and richness, modern recipes have called for a top layer of milk foam.

Please note that the Asian variants use ground coffee instead of espresso to make this drink.

The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 10 minutes
  • Ratio: 1:1:1 (coffee, milk, and foam)
  • Drink size: 8–10oz (4 espresso cups)


  • An espresso maker
  • A milk frother
  • A glass


  • Fresh and cold whole milk
  • Espresso roasted beans
  • Condensed milk

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

First, grind your best espresso-roasted beans to a fine powder

Step 2

Now, with the freshly ground beans, you can start the espresso extraction. Once the extraction is done, pour the hot espresso right into a glass. Thus, you’ll be able to see the 3 layers

Step 3

Next, fill the glass with the condensed milk carefully

Step 4

Then pour the freshly brewed hot espresso over the condensed milk. Maintain a 1:1 ratio in the glass

Note: you can also pour the espresso first and then the condensed milk on top of it.

Step 5

Now take the fresh, cold milk and heat it up in a pot for steaming. Stop just before it starts to boil. Use a handheld milk frother (or a whisker) and make this froth. Try to add extra air bubbles as well

Note: an integrated steam wand is ideal. You can also shake the milk in a mason jar for the frothing.

Step 6

Finally, use a spoon to scoop up the froth and place it on the Cafe Bombon. Don’t pour the foamy milk on it though

Step 7

Now you have a delicious-looking 3-layered Café Bombon ready to be enjoyed!

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