How to Make Mexican Coffee

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Cafe de Olla is a traditional Mexican coffee drink that is known for its unique blend of spicy and sweet flavors. It is typically made with dark roast coffee beans, cinnamon, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), and sometimes other spices like anise or clove.

To make Cafe de Olla at home, follow these steps.

Crafting the Perfect Cup of Mexican Coffee at Home

Mexican Coffee

Recipe by The Perky KitchenDifficulty: Easy


Prep time






  • 4 cups of water

  • 1 cup of dark roast coffee beans

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2-3 pieces of piloncillo or brown sugar

  • 1 star anise (optional)

  • 2-3 whole cloves (optional)

  • 1-2 strips of orange peel (optional)


  • In a large pot, add the water, cinnamon stick, and any additional spices you would like to use (anise, cloves, orange peel).
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low.
  • Add the coffee beans and let them steep in the water for 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat and let it sit for a few minutes to cool down.
  • Strain the coffee through a fine mesh strainer into a separate container.
  • Add the piloncillo (or brown sugar) to the strained coffee and stir well until it dissolves.
  • Serve hot in small clay or ceramic cups to enjoy the traditional Mexican way.


  • Cafe de Olla is a unique coffee beverage that can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences.
  • You can add more or less sugar, or adjust the amount of cinnamon or other spices to suit your taste.
  • The use of traditional clay or ceramic cups is said to enhance the flavor of the coffee.
  • Cafe de Olla can be enjoyed with a side of Mexican sweet bread, such as conchas or pan dulce.
  • Each piece of piloncillo or brown sugar is about 75 calories.

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