Café De Olla Recipe – Yellow Chili’s

Cafe De Olla is a sweet, strong, and mildly spiced traditional Mexican Coffee beverage. It is usually made with Mexican coffee grounds, Piloncillo/Panela (dark brown sugar), cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves. The I have shared here shows you how to make the authentic Café De Olla with easy recipe-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe to make the process visually clear and simple. This spiced Mexican Cafe De Olla is usually served in the morning along with breakfastevening, during Christmas, and especially in winter months to make the body warm from the inside out.

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What is Café De Olla?

Cafe De Olla is a classic and traditional Spiced Mexican Coffee. The term “Cafe De Olla” refers to “coffee from a pot” in English. Since the coffee is traditionally made in a Mexican clay pot called Olla De Barro, it is called so. This Cafe De Olla is usually sweetened with Mexican dark cane sugar and spiced up with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

Making this coffee in an olla or clay pot gives you authentic earthy and rustic flavors. It makes the coffee different from other coffees. Also, spices added while brewing gives you a warm, mildly spicy taste and flavor to your drink. Although the medium roast coffee grounds give you a strong coffee flavor, it is usually balanced out by dark cane sugar and spices.

This Cafe De Olla is one of the traditional drinks of Mexico and is usually found in streetside eateries, authentic Mexican restaurants, and also in Mexican households. It is also common to find this drink in cold winter months and in celebrations.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Cafe De Olla are basic Mexican Pantry elements. All the ingredients are easily available in most Mexican grocery stores around. If some of them are not handy, then feel free to check out the substitution section for alternatives.

Café De Olla recipe ingredients placed on a gray table.
  • Mexican Coffee Grounds – Choose any medium-roast Mexican coffee grounds that are available to you
  • Piloncillo/Panela – Dark cane sugar to sweeten the coffee
  • Spices – Cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves to spice up the coffee
  • Water – Filtered water to make the perfect drink

For the detailed ingredients list please check out the recipe card below.

How to make Café De Olla?

The recipe I have shared here is the authentic Cafe De Olla, popular Mexican Coffee. It is usually made with a Mexican clay pot for achieving an earthy and rustic flavor. Since it is not easily available to everyone feel free to use the regular saucepan or pot as I have done here.

Cafe de Olla in glass coffee cups with few ingredients and biscuits around.

Following are the high-level instructions to make this drink but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photos and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Add – Add In a saucepan, pour 4 cups of water, and then add cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and piloncillo (dark brown sugar)
  • Melt – Bring the mixture to a boil until the dark brown sugar melts. Since I have used crushed brown sugar, it took only 2 to 3 minutes to melt completely. But if you add whole Piloncillo/Panela then it might take some time
  • Close and Steep – Now switch off the heat and add the ground coffee. Give it a good stir. Close the saucepan with its lid and steep the coffee for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Strain – Remove the coffee from heat, and filter it using a fine mesh strainer into a serving glass
  • Serve – Serve this Cafe De Olla (Mexican Spiced Coffee) along with breakfast, or to refresh yourself in the evening

Substitution

  • Piloncillo/Panela – You can use Jaggery or palm sugar a similar ingredient that is usually found in Indian grocery stores
  • Mexican Coffee Grounds – You can use any medium roast coffee grounds for the similar results
  • Spices – In most cafe de olla you may find only cinnamon sticks, so feel free to skip or use star anise and cloves

Tips

  • Olla De Barro – Olla De Barro is a nothing but Mexican Clay pot. The authentic drink is made in a clay pot for achieving an earthy flavor. However, you can use a regular saucepan or pot for brewing this spiced coffee like me, if the authentic pot is not handy for you
  • Piloncillo/Panela – It is an unrefined dark brown cane sugar that delivers a sweet and molasses-like flavor. The same stuff is also called jaggery or palm sugar in Indian cuisine.
  • Spices – You may find Mexican Cinnamon stick alone in some versions while in others you may also find star anise and cloves. Here I have added all three spices for authentic flavor and taste
  • Mexican Coffee – For the best and most authentic Cafe De Olla, I would recommend using Mexican Cofee grounds but if that’s not handy feel free to use medium roast coffee grounds for similar results
  • Stepping Time – The steeping time of the coffee varies on how strong you need your coffee to be. For mild to moderate strength, I recommend steeping them for 3 to 5 minutes. For strong to Extra strong steep it for 5 to 8 minutes.

Calories

This Cafe De Olla that I have shared here contains 56 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you have extra add-ins. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

Cafe de Olla is best served hot, so I recommend making a fresh batch whenever you feel like drinking this coffee. However, you can store the leftover in the refrigerator for 2 days. Serve the chilled coffee over ice to enjoy it as a cold brew coffee.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Mexican Spiced Coffee along with breakfast in the morning, or as a refreshing drink in the evening. It is usually served as a comforting winter drink to warm up the body from cold weather.

You could also find similar coffee recipes below and more in winter drinks recipes.

More Mexican drinks recipes.

Cafe De Olla Recipe Video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Cafe De Olla Recipe below that I hope will help you make a comforting Mexican drink at home. You could also find this recipe in a story format.

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Cafe de Olla in glass coffee cups with few ingredients and biscuits around.

Cafe De Olla

Café De Olla is a sweet, strong, and mildly spiced traditional Mexican Coffee beverage. It is usually made with Mexican coffee grounds, Piloncillo/Panela (dark brown sugar), cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves. This spiced Mexican Café De Olla is usually served in the morning along with breakfast, evening, during Christmas, and especially in winter months to make the body warm from the inside out.

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Course: Coffee, Drinks

Cuisine: Mexican

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  • Serve this Cafe De Olla (Mexican Spiced Coffee) along with breakfastor to refresh yourself in the evening

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Notes

  • Olla De Barro – Olla De Barro is a nothing but Mexican Clay pot. The authentic drink is made in a clay pot for achieving an earthy flavor. However, you can use a regular saucepan or pot for brewing this spiced coffee like me, if the authentic pot is not handy for you
  • Piloncillo/Panela – It is an unrefined dark brown cane sugar that delivers a sweet and molasses-like flavor. The same stuff is also called jaggery or palm sugar in Indian cuisine.
  • Spices – You may find Mexican Cinnamon stick alone in some versions while in others you may also find star anise and cloves. Here I have added all three spices for authentic flavor and taste
  • Mexican Coffee – For the best and most authentic Cafe De Olla, I would recommend using Mexican Cofee grounds but if that’s not handy feel free to use medium roast coffee grounds for similar results
  • Stepping Time – The steeping time of the coffee varies how strong you need your coffee to be. For mild to moderate strength, I recommend steeping them for 3 to 5 minutes. For strong to Extra strong steep it for 5 to 8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.3mg

FAQ

What is Cafe De Olla?

Cafe De Olla is a classic and traditional Spiced Mexican Coffee. The term “Cafe De Olla” refers to “coffee from a pot” in English. Since the coffee is traditionally made in a Mexican clay pot called Olla De Barro, it is called so. This Cafe De Olla is usually sweetened with Mexican dark cane sugar and spiced up with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

Can I make this Mexican coffee without a clay pot?

Olla De Barro is nothing but a Mexican Clay pot. The authentic drink is made in a clay pot for achieving an earthy flavor. However, you can use a regular saucepan or pot for brewing this spiced coffee like me, if the authentic pot is not handy for you

What can I substitute for Piloncillo?

You can use Jaggery or palm sugar a similar ingredient that is usually available at Indian grocery stores.

How many calories are there in Cafe De Olla?

This Cafe De Olla that I have shared here contains 56 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you have extra add-ins. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you about how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!

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