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cafe de olla mexican spiced coffee recipe

Café de Olla Recipe

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. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 77kcal


  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 oz. Piloncillo/Panela or dark brown sugar about ⅓ cup
  • ½ 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.

If you would like to add some spirits, a Coffee Liqueur-like Kahlúa is a good choice.



    *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.


    Serving: 4cups | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.2mg