The Café de Olla (Pot Coffee)

The Café de Olla is a traditional Mexican recipe to prepare coffee in a clay pot that is relatively old. The cafe de olla is a sweet coffee with the aroma of some spices; some people poetically go as far as to say that this coffee tastes and smells like Mexico itself! The nice thing about this pot coffee is that it is a drink that can be enjoyed for breakfast or any other time of the day; it can also go well with dessert. In Mexico this beverage is frequently part of Christmas traditions.

The pot coffee can be prepared with the type of coffee that you prefer, but a darker roast, stronger coffee is preferred; also it is recommended to use a medium to coarse grind for your coffee beans. If you could use a clay pot to make this coffee, then it would perfectly match the real mexican flavor... It only takes 10 minutes to make this authentic coffee this way; these quantities are good for 6 cups.

Recipe for Café de Olla


* 6-7 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee
* 6 cups water
* 2 cloves
* 2 cinnamon sticks
* 1 big chunk of orange zest,
* 1 cone of piloncillo or brown sugar (50 grams)
* Milk or cream to taste (optional)

Making this recipe:

1) Pour 6 cups water in a pot, then add the 2 cinnamon sticks, the 2 cloves, the piloncillo cone and the chunk of orange zest (without its white inner skin). Boil over high heat.

2) When the water boils reduce heat setting to low and stir until the piloncillo has dissolved completely, this process should take about 5 minutes. Add 7 tablespoons of ground coffee in the pot and bring the water to boil again.

3) At the first sign of the coffee boiling, reduce heat setting to low and simmer the coffee for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour this through a strainer to remove coffee grains, directly into each cups...

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