Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

Café de Olla
6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cinnamon, coffee, mexican coffee, olla, pati's mexican table, piloncillo
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 11 “Middle Eastern Influences”


  • 6 cups water
  • 6 tbsp coarsely ground dark roasted coffee
  • 4 oz piloncillo, can substitute for brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

To Prepare

  • Heat the water in a pot set over medium heat (using a clay pot is the traditional way to prepare it and it gives it a very unique flavor, but it isn’t necessary). When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat and add the coffee, piloncillo, and a cinnamon stick.
  • Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring until the piloncillo dissolves. Remove from the heat, let it stand covered for 5 to 10 minutes and strain before serving. Alternatively, you may remove the cinnamon and use a French press to strain the coffee as well.

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  1. Hi Pati for people who like cream in their coffee , could you use the sweened condenced can sweet milk to replace the other can sugar ? I want to try it . but don’t want to rune good coffee ! do you think it would work . or maybe 1/2 the sugar and half a can of the sweetened crème . ? maybe I’ll play around with it. forhere in Colodo winters get pretty cold and snow so sounds like a great thing to warm us up from the inside out !! thanks .

    1. This would be great, Donna. I recommend you play with the proportions based on how sweet you like your coffee. Enjoy and stay warm!

  2. Hi Pati! My kids and I LOVE trying all your recipes. This one is definitely a favorite around here. Was just wondering though…you mentioned on your show that cinnamon purchased at a grocery store in the US is different than cinnamon sticks you’d get from Mexico. What is the name of the variety of cinnamon stick you prefer? Maybe I could order it on Amazon. Thanks!

  3. I’ve been looking for a coffee recipe that my Abuelita used to make when I was a kid back in ’50’s. This is a perfect match. Thank You for bringing back good memories.