How To Make Café De Olla: 5 Easy Steps

Café de Olla is an age-old Mexican spiced coffee drink that has been passed down the generations through the hands of ever-loving grandmas. It’s made with Mexican ground coffee, cinnamon, and piloncillo. Piloncillo is a form of raw dark sugar.

Traditionally, this coffee is served in large enamel blue pots, no matter the season of the year. This is why this preparation is called “Café de Olla”, meaning “pot coffee” or “coffee from the pot”. The coffee is actually sweet, with a kick of cinnamon. You can find this drink in places like roadside eateries, mom-and-pop diners, and traditional Mexican restaurants across Mexico. It’s also served at the Christmas festivals (Posadas) and even at some funerals.


The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 15 minutes
  • Drink size: 6–8 oz. (per serving)
  • Additives: orange peel and star anise (optional)


Equipment And Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of medium to dark-roasted Mexican ground coffee
  • 3 oz. piloncillo (dark brown sugar)
  • Half a stick of Mexican cinnamon
  • A medium-sized pot with a lid
  • 4 cups of cold, fresh water
  • A strainer


Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Place the pot on the stovetop. In the pot, pour in the freshwater, cinnamon stick, and all the piloncillo.
  2. Turn the heat up and simmer until the sugar is fully dissolved. It can take 5–7 minutes.
  3. When the water is boiling, add the coffee grounds. Turn the heat off and slowly stir the mixture.
  4. Finally, cover the pot with its lid and let the brew steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Now simply pour through a strainer into a teapot. It’s time to serve and enjoy!
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