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Mexican Spiced Coffee - Café de Olla

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A cup of Mexican spiced coffee with cinnamon and star anise in the background

Café de Olla is a sweet, spiced coffee that originated in Mexico. It's a great treat to enjoy after a swim on a hot afternoon or warm you through on a chilly fall day. The spices blend perfectly to create a comforting and sweet cup of coffee. We think it's the perfect mid-day beverage to enjoy with a batch of fresh Baked Churros!

Prep Time: 2 min

Cook time: 10 min

Yield: 3-6 cups


  • 6 cups water

  • 6-8 oz pure palm sugar or brown sugar or piloncillo

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 star anise

  • 6 tbsp fresh ground coffee


  1. In a medium saucepan add the water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and star anise. Heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 min to infuse the spices.

  2. Add the coffee to the saucepan, bring to boil & then remove from the heat. Cover and let the coffee steep into the water for 5-10 minutes. The time you let it sit depends on your own preference so feel free to experiment to find your perfect amount.

  3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth & enjoy!

Zhuzh it up!

  • Add in an orange peel with your spices to make a citrusy flavoured coffee.

  • You could serve it with kahlúa - I would recommend reducing the sugar if you would like to have it this way.

This amazing recipe was adapted from the Café de Olla (Mexican Spiced Coffee) Recipe on Muy Bueno Blog


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