You are currently viewing Café de Olla
cafe de olla

Café de Olla

Get ready for a flavor explosion with a classic Mexican treat – Café de Olla.

This traditional spiced coffee is a delightful blend of rich coffee beans, sweet piloncillo, and aromatic spices. Perfect for those seeking a warm and comforting beverage with a cultural twist.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Drink Appeals To: Coffee drinkers looking for a unique and flavorful experience.
  • Estimated Duration: Approximately 20 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Low in calories, rich in antioxidants, and a touch of sweetness.

About This Recipe

Café de Olla, literally meaning “pot coffee,” has deep roots in Mexican culture. It’s a brew that brings people together, offering a taste of tradition in every sip.

Equipment Required

  1. Medium-sized pot
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Strainer


  • 1 cup of coarsely ground Mexican coffee beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 to 2 cones of piloncillo (adjust according to sweetness preference)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • Optional: Orange peel for an extra citrusy kick


  1. Boil the Water: In the pot, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add Ingredients: Once boiling, add the coffee, piloncillo, cinnamon stick, cloves, and orange peel.
  3. Simmer: Reduce heat and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Strain: Use the strainer to pour the coffee into your mug, leaving behind the grounds and spices.

Side Dishes

Pair this aromatic Café de Olla with traditional Mexican pastries like conchas or churros for an authentic experience.

Storage Options

Best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove for that freshly brewed taste.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • If piloncillo is unavailable, substitute with dark brown sugar.
  • Experiment with different coffee beans for a unique flavor profile.


For a chilly day, turn your Café de Olla into an iced version by cooling and serving over ice with a splash of milk. Alternatively, you may prefer one of these options:


Café de Olla is more than a beverage; it’s a cultural journey in a cup. Embrace the warmth, the spices, and the tradition with each sip of this Mexican delight. ¡Disfruta tu café! (Enjoy your coffee!)