Cafe de Olla



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

20 minutes



Banish coffee boredom with this fragrant, spicy, lightly sweetened pick-me-up. It’s a traditional Mexican drink in which coffee is infused with cinnamon, cloves and orange zest, and served warm.


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup ground coffee (drip grind)
  • 3 inches orange peel strip


  1. Set up a fine strainer with a coffee filter, set over a large pitcher or bowl.
  2. In a medium pot, combine 6 cups of water with the sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Place over medium heat, stirring as the sugar dissolves. When the mixture just starts to bubble, about 10 minutes — don't let it boil — take it off the heat.
  3. Stir in the ground coffee and orange peel. Let stand and steep for 8 minutes.
  4. Use your coffee filter-lined strainer to strain the coffee and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion

This is often served with a shot of rum, bourbon or Kahlua, but it is delicious on its own, with a splash of milk or cream, or even chilled and iced.

Nutritional Information

60 calories, 0 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 0 mg. sodium, 16 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 0 g. protein