Quick Traditional Mexican Cafe de Olla


 Cafe de Olla is a delight and not only for its flavor also for its aroma as it is a sweet coffee that is prepared with various spices, ideal to serve with cookies. Here’s a simple but incredibly delicious Mexican Cafe de Olla (coffee pot) recipe. Traditionally Cafe de Olla is made in a clay pot but since I don’t own one… I used a thick bottom pot instead.


  • 1-quart water
  • 2/3 cup ground dark roasted coffee, medium to coarse grind 
  • 3 to 5 ounces piloncillo, to taste depending on how sweet you like
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • one 3- inch piece orange peel

How to Make Cafe de Olla

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add water, orange peel, cinnamon, piloncillo( brown sugar), and cloves(optional). Bring to a slow boil, stirring to dissolve the piloncillo.

For about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add the ground coffee, mix and cover the pot. let steep, for 5 minutes. Strain the coffee through a fine-mesh strainer, into cups and served.


*You can also add other ingredients, such as star anise, pinch cardamom, etc…

*Check the Latin or international section of your grocery store for spices. They’re usually half-the-price than the ones in the baking aisle.

*Piloncillo is often used in Latin cuisine to sweeten drinks or deserts. It is unrefined cane sugar, usually found in the shape of small cones. You can also use brown sugar, but piloncillo has a distinct rustic flavor. It adds a certain warmth to the brew.

*You can prepare Cafe de Olla with any medium to coarse grind coffee you like best. If you don’t have a strainer allow the grounds to settle to the bottom of the pot, then ladle out coffee from the top to serve.

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