Mexican Coffee

Café de olla (coffee from the pot) is a traditional form of Mexican coffee that is boiled in a pan with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and sometimes orange peel. Serve for breakfast with muffins or sweet rolls.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3-inch stick cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • ¾ cup regular grind, roasted coffee


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the water, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Heat at medium temperature, stirring periodically, until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the coffee. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain before serving.