Cafe de Olla – Mexican Coffee Recipe

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Preparation time
5 mins
Cooking time
15 mins
Difficulty
Easy
Serves
4 people
Meal course
Zacatecas
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4 cup
Water
1 oz
Piloncillo or 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 medium
cinnamon sticks (Mexican canela or Ceylon variety preferred)
3 small
whole cloves
3 cup
coarsely ground dark roast coffee
Cafe de Olla – Mexican Coffee Recipe

Traditional Mexican cafe de olla is brewed with cinnamon, cloves, and hard cones of brown sugar called piloncillo.  Coffee lovers enjoy this sweet brew at home, and in restaurants and coffee houses all over Mexico.  Drink it for breakfast, during marienda (Mexico’s coffee, tea, and sweet break), or at the end of a Mexican meal.  Piloncillo can be purchased here in Latin-American markets and the Mexican section of many supermarkets.


  1. Put the water in a medium saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon, and cloves
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring, until the sugar is melted, about 5 minutes
  3. Stir in the coffee, and remove the pan from the heat. Cover, and let steep 8 minutes
  4. Strain the coffee through a coffee filter or a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof coffee server.
  5. Serve and enjoy!