Café de Olla Recipe (Mexican Spiced Coffee)

by Simon

Café de Olla is a spiced coffee from Mexico, this coffee is healthy because it is mixed with spices. In Café de Olla you will find the taste of spices, besides Mexican coffee powder, there are additional ingredients such as cinnamon, black sugar (Piloncillo). This spiced coffee is a traditional recipe that is enjoyed by everyone until now.

Usually, this coffee is always available in a traditional kitchen, on the stove in a teapot. You will see there is spiced coffee or Café de Olla. The coffee pot will always be there anytime and in any season. The old teapot on the wood stove in the kitchen is always present and will always cook Mexican spiced coffee, all guests who come will usually drink coffee made from there.

The combination of spices that unite this Mexican coffee powder will always be impressive. Not only the taste but the benefits.

Café de Olla Recipe

I like to drink coffee that every day is not missed with a cup of coffee filled with Mexican spices. The smoke from the wood will give an extraordinary taste to the coffee, this smoky coffee can still be found on the small streets of Mexico. Ok, before I continue with the Mexican Café de Olla recipe, let’s look at some frequently asked questions about this Mexican specialty coffee.

FAQs About Café de Olla Recipe

What does It mean?

Ok, if you want to know more about this coffee, listen up. Café de Olla literally means “pot coffee” or “coffee from a pot”. This is not without reason, because this coffee is made in a teapot or enamel pot, even now this specialty coffee is still made that way.

What does cafe de olla taste like?

Basically, the taste of this Mexican cafe de olla is sweet, with a light taste of cinnamon. The basic ingredients for making this spiced coffee are cinnamon, piloncillo (black sugar with a taste similar to molasses). In the cafe de olla recipe, sometimes there are also those who add orange peel or star anise.

Where do you find Café de Olla or Café de la Olla?

You can easily find cafe de olla in Mexico such as roadside, small family restaurants, and restaurants that sell various local traditional foods. Cafe de olla is also widely made in homes traditionally especially during the winter.

Is Mexican coffee strong?

The roast strength of Mexican coffee usually ranges between strong and medium so that the color of the coffee is sometimes black. There are two types of coffee that are very popular in Mexico, Planchuela and Caracolillo varieties. Making Café de Olla using this type of coffee is very good and the addition of cinnamon and spices will stabilize and balance the flavors. This is very delicious to enjoy in the winter while enjoying Flautas.

What are flautas, see here how to make Mexican Flautas.

Can I add milk?

Sure, you can add milk for a caramel and sweeter taste. But you need to know that adding milk will eliminate the health benefits of the spices in cafe de olla. So, you should not add it.

Café de Olla Recipe

Here is a list of ingredients that must be prepared to make Café de Olla.

  • Water
  • Piloncillo/panela (dark brown sugar)
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Ground coffee (preferably use dark coffee grounds, coffee grounds that are roasted at a high level)

Note: To find detailed ingredients, please go to the bottom of the article, on the recipe card.

Café de Olla Recipe

Step by Step How To Make It

I will provide easy-to-follow steps for you to make Café de Olla recipe.

In a medium saucepan, add water, cinnamon, piloncillo or dark sugar, cook until boiling and the sugar dissolves. When the water has boiled and the piloncillo has dissolved, add the Mexican coffee grounds, turn off the heat and stir.

Cover the pan and let it sit for 5 minutes, pour into a cup using a strainer so that the coffee grounds do not enter the cup. For those who like to drink alcohol, you can add Kahlua.

What To Serve With Café de Olla

If you’re wondering how to enjoy Café de Olla, it really depends on what time of day you’re having it. There are a few options that are best paired with Mexican spiced coffee.

If you’re having your morning cup of coffee, I like to drink it in the following ways:

  • Creamy oatmeal topped with cinnamon
  • Gorditas de harina
  • Huevos Motuleños (eggs Motul-style)

If you’re looking to enjoy Café de Olla in the evening, these are the desserts you’ll want to pair it with:

  • Traditional Mexican conchas
  • Mexican polvorones (Sevillanos-style)
  • Homemade churros dusted with sugar and cinnamon

Note: It’s up to you what you enjoy it with, but these are just a few of the best ways we’ve found to pair it with a cup of Mexican Café de Olla.


Additional Information about Mexico Coffee

What I am sharing is a very common Café de Olla recipe. Don’t be surprised if you sometimes find this coffee with added fennel and cloves.

When you buy Piloncillo, make sure you buy the pure and natural version.

To make it easier for you to cut the piloncillo, you can heat it for a while.

Café de Olla or Mexican Spiced Coffee is now easily available even online. This is Gourmet Coffee and is Natural Organic Fair Trade Harvested. Mexican coffee is ranked 6th in the world. But if you want to enjoy the best in the world, we have Gayo coffee, Aceh, Indonesia, someday we will create content about this best coffee.

Café de Olla Recipe

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 77 calories 0 gram fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 oz. Piloncillo or dark brown sugar about ⅓ cup
  • ½ a stick of Mexican Cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons of ground Coffee, if you can get black ground coffee, that would be even better.


  1. In a medium saucepan, add the water, cinnamon, and piloncillo or brown sugar. Turn on the heat and let it boil until the sugar dissolves. This may take 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. When the water is boiling, add the Mexican coffee grounds, turn off the heat and stir.
  3. Cover the pan and let the spices steep for 5 minutes, then pour through a strainer into cups.


If you like alcohol, you can add Kahlu as an addition to your coffee

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