Café de Olla
There’s one thing that you would always find in my grandma’s kitchen right next to the wood stove: the large enamel blue pot with coffee, no matter the time of day or the season of the year. You will always find coffee. Why?, I don’t know, but that old pot was there for as long as I can remember, and it would always welcome the visitors with a warm cup of coffee.
Café de Olla Recipe
- In a Medium saucepan, place the water, cinnamon, and Piloncillo. Turn heat and simmer until the piloncillo is dissolved. (Please check the ingredients list below)
- When the water starts boiling, add the coffee, turn the heat off and stir.
- Cover the pot and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour through a strainer to serve.
Those times are long gone but the memories are still there, especially on a cold day like this when a good cup of coffee from México with Cinnamon and Piloncillo will warm you up. I love making this coffee when we go camping.
- 4 cups of water
- 3 oz. Piloncillo/Panela or dark brown sugar about 1/3 cup
- 1/2 a stick of Mexican Cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons of ground Coffee it would be better if you could get a Dark Mexican Coffee.
In a Medium saucepan, place the water, cinnamon, and Piloncillo (or brown sugar). Turn heat and simmer until the piloncillo is dissolved. About7 minutes.
When the water starts boiling, add the coffee, turn the heat off and stir.
Cover the pot and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour through a strainer to serve.
*This is the most common version of Café de Olla, sometimes you will find it with the addition of cloves or anise seeds.
* When buying piloncillo/Panela, make sure to look for the pure version, like in the picture above. There is a look-alike version in some stores that are just plain sugar in a cone shape lacking the flavor and nutrients of the real Piloncillo.
* To easily cut the piloncillo, warm it up first. This will soften the piloncillo.
* Mexican Coffee is easily available online nowadays, try to look for it. Mexican Coffee is considered as a Gourmet Coffee and is Natural Organic Fair Trade Harvested. The Mexico Coffee Industry is ranked number 6th overall out of the top 20 Coffee Producing countries.
Do you drink coffee? How do you like it?
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