Back in the old days you could pick up a colada of Cuban coffee for a buck and serve five or six people a shot of this magic elixir. Now with inflation raging, you’ll pay twice as much.
We had the $1 colada in Miami and we had it all.
We walked around with pocket change and a knowing superiority that we could approach any of the countless Cuban coffee ventanitas in Miami and order a 4-ounce grail of that sweet, dark nectar of the Cuban gods.
For this meager sum, the window waitress gave us jet fuel in a tiny heatproof vessel we could take with us, securely, from the barber shop to the boardroom, and share with friends and frenemies. It was our birthright, our trophy, topped with a tiny tower of thimble-sized cups for sharing.
But those days have come quietly to an end.
The average price for a colada at 20 of Miami-Dade’s most popular ventanitas, from Homestead to Hialeah, is now $2.06 — twice what it cost at many Cuban coffee windows like Sergio’s Cuban restaurant in 2019. The cheapest among those, a tie between El Palacio de los Jugos on Flagler Street and Hialeah’s Epicentro, is now a $1.50. The highest? Hialeah’s Molina’s Ranch charges a Starbucksian $4.05.
“You’ll never see the colada for less than $2 in the near future. The dollar colada is over,” said Sergio’s owner CEO Carlos Gazitú, who last sold the dollar colada at his family-owned chain in 2019.
The cost is still nowhere near the ridiculous Starbucks prices for a vastly inferior product, but it still hurts to pay that much.