Nothing says Cuban like a small thimble-full cup of that sweet nectar known as cafecito Cubano. The most quintessential place to grab a quick jolt of that energizing nectar is the ubiquitous coffee window, in Miami, of course. Much to my chagrin, I haven’t encountered these convenient purveyors of cafecito outside of Miami. I’ve always wondered about the historical evolution of las ventanitas de cafe and why I haven’t encountered any other culture, in the States and in my limited travels abroad, with this architectural phenomenon. My personal thesis is that these coffee windows are a cultural legacy of the ground-floor food establishments common in Europe in the Middle Ages. In a future blog post I hope to shed some light on the sociological evolution of the ever-important coffee window – at least for those in Miami who require their daily infusion. And for those of us who have to bear an existence without them, the best we can hope for is a strong colada made at home that rivals the ones enjoyed at las ventanitas in Little Havana.