Café de olla is a traditional Mexican coffee that’s known for its rich, spiced flavors. It’s typically brewed in a clay pot, but you can adapt the method for use with a regular pot or coffee maker.
Here’s how to make a great cup of Café de olla:
Coarsely ground coffee beans (usually dark roast)
4 cups of water
1 to 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3-4 inches long)
4-6 whole cloves
1-2 small piloncillo cones or brown sugar to taste (piloncillo is traditional, but you can substitute with dark brown sugar)
Optional: orange peel or zest
A medium-sized pot (traditional option: clay pot or olla)
A wooden spoon or stirrer
A strainer or filter
Prepare the Ingredients: Measure out your coarsely ground coffee, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and piloncillo (or brown sugar).
Combine Ingredients: In the pot, add the water and heat it over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil.
Add the Spices and Sugar: Once the water is boiling, add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and piloncillo (or brown sugar). You can also add a small piece of orange peel for extra flavor. Stir everything together until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Brew the Coffee: Reduce the heat to low and add the coarsely ground coffee to the pot. Stir well to ensure the coffee is evenly distributed in the water.
Simmer and Steep: Allow the coffee to simmer over low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
Strain and Serve: After the coffee has simmered, remove it from the heat. Using a strainer or filter, pour the Café de olla into cups or mugs, straining out the coffee grounds and spices.
Enjoy: Café de olla can be served black or with a touch of milk or cream, depending on your preference. It’s naturally sweet from the piloncillo or brown sugar, but you can adjust the sweetness to taste.
Traditional Serving: In traditional Mexican culture, Café de olla is often served in clay mugs, enhancing the flavors with the earthy aroma of the pot.
Café de olla is a delightful coffee that brings together the warmth of spices and the sweetness of piloncillo or brown sugar. It’s a comforting drink, perfect for enjoying with traditional Mexican pastries or just sipping on a cool morning.