spiced sweet mexican coffee or cafe de olla

cinnamonpiloncillohot drink

Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

Café de Olla

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Cooking time

15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.84 from 6 votes


  • 8 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely ground dark-roasted coffee beans
  • 8 tablespoons grated or finely chopped piloncillo or dark brown sugar or to taste
  • 1 ceylon or true cinnamon stick

To Prepare

  • Bring the water to a rolling boil in a pot. Reduce the heat to low and add the coffee, piloncillo and cinnamon stick. Simmer partially covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and serve. Alternatively, remove the cinnamon stick and pour the drink into a French press; press down on the plunger and serve.


45comments inSpiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

  1. Peg Powers

    Sep 11

    Went to Taste Of Fame where Pati was the host, it featured her recipes and this coffee was served. The bast !

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 11

      So happy to hear you had fun Peg, I loved being there, thanks for coming!

  2. Barbara Roberson

    Dec 31

    Sounds delicious! I am going to try making coffee this way! I do add cinnamon to my coffee sometimes, and always when I am in Mexico.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Hope you like my Cafe de Olla Barbara 🙂

  3. Addy Vandulek

    Dec 29

    Querida Paty

    Eres todo un orgullo de nuestra comida mexicana. La has puesto muy en alto. Ahora la gente que te ve en el canal de PBS en tu programa semanal se da cuenta de lo rica que es nuestra cultura y de la deliciosa comida que nos ensenas paso a paso a preparar.
    Gracias por todas tus recetas. Yo no me fallo ninguno de tus programas y tambien recibo tus e-mails.
    Muchisimas gracias. Ojala que nunca cambies tu manera de ser pues somos muy afortunadas de tenerte

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Addy, mil gracias por tus lindas palabras, significan mucho para mi! Te mando un abrazote 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Dec 21

    Pati, muchas gracias por compartir tu lista de Spotify. Y gracias por tu mensaje reciente. Sentí tu espíritu de encouragement a través de tu mensaje. Felices fiestas para ti y tu linda familia.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 26

      Mil gracias y lo mismo para ti y la tuya!

  5. Jackie O

    Dec 21

    That coffee looks delicious!! The mug itself makes me want it even more.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 26

      Enjoy it!

  6. Barbara Day

    Nov 25

    Hi Pati,
    Happy Thanksgiving! Muchas gracias for posting your “Mexican-American Thanksgiving” recipes – I’m having fun perusing them. Was curious about this spicy coffee recipe. I often put a sprinkling of cinnamon in my coffee and I think it adds a lot. Will have to try using the combination of brown sugar and cinnamon although I sometimes use turbinado sugar, which is close less refined and fairly close to brown sugar although perhaps not quite as sweet. Still very good though!

    Thanks again and I hope you and your lovely family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Take care!

    Barbara Day

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Thanks for the good wishes Barbara, same to you and your loved ones 🙂

  7. Ashley

    Nov 10

    This coffee is AMAZING!!!!!!! The smell of it simmering on the stove sent me down memory lane. It’s like I was transported back to my abuela’s kitchen and I was a little girl again! I will definitely be making this again!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 11

      Aw what a lovely evocative memory, Ashley! Love it!

  8. Gabriela

    Jul 13

    I love this coffee it’s absolutely my favorite! And it’s great iced in the summer too. Thanks Pati!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 15

      I hope you enjoy it all summer, Gabriela!

  9. Anna

    Jan 28

    Love your show and recipes!

    1. Pati

      Jan 28

      Thank you Anna!

  10. Jaime Muñoz

    Nov 26

    Cafe de olla mmmm exquisito!

    1. Pati

      Nov 27


  11. Doug Sturdivant

    Nov 23

    MMMMMMM, I can almost smell the aroma !

    1. Pati

      Nov 27

      Such a good smell!!!

  12. Yajaira

    Mar 05

    I love watching your show for the history of Mexican cuisine, your family dynamic, and the recipes! This is the first recipe that I’ve tried and it is great! I will definitely try more!

    1. Pati

      Mar 06

      I super happy to hear that Yajaira!

  13. Sharon Wanzer

    Oct 13

    Do you percolate the coffee in a basket it just put the ground coffee, cinnamon stick and sugar in the stove top coffee pot without the basket?
    Thank you so much

    1. Pati

      Oct 15

      Put the ground coffee in the pot and strain after boiling! =) Let me know how it turns out!

  14. Cody Burgin

    Oct 01

    I have never seen the show, just late night googling recipes I wanted to try. After finding your site you better believe you have a new viewer. Thank you from Chef Burgin!

    1. Pati

      Oct 04

      Oh! Happy you found me on your internet search!

  15. ivan carlon

    Feb 28

    Thank you pati for your delightful dishes I enjoy your show- from morelia,michuacan

    1. Pati

      Mar 03

      Thank you, Ivan!

  16. jaci from Missouri

    Jan 25

    Pati!!!!!!! We luv your show!!!! My boyfriend and I are FOODIES to the max. This looks soooooo good. Thank you for your great show and for introducing us to the most amazing recipes. Paul and Jaci from Imperial MO

    1. Pati

      Jan 28

      Thank you!!

  17. Clara

    Jan 20

    Oh my gosh! this is sooo good!

    1. Pati

      Jan 22

      So happy you tried it, Clara!

  18. Tracey Petersen

    Aug 16

    Hi Pati,

    First, I have to say thank you for the wonderful world you have introduced me, and many others to. Second, I found a small shortcut for this amazing coffee; only because I am addicted to my “pre-set” time option for brewing coffee on my coffee maker. I add the canela and piloncillo to the pot of my Mr Coffee and when it brews (I have to set the time for 5:30 a.m. oy!) it (almost) makes an instant Spiced Sweet Mexican coffee. It isn’t quite as good as using the traditional method, but it is a close second, and a fabulous thing to wake up to. I spoil myself by doing the traditional method on weekends. Thanks again!!!
    p.s. I am making shrimp cocktail pacifico tomorrow for my “stereotypical” beef and potato eating, mid-western neighbors…they will see the error in their ways after eating that yummy dish. 🙂

  19. Lee

    Apr 19

    Hey Patti! We adore using your wonderful recipes here at our ministry ranch! My husband loves to cook mexican and you have inspired some new ideas! We are trying your french toast for Easter! Can’t wait!!! God’s blessings to you and your family.
    Lee and Dan

    1. Pati

      Apr 19

      Thanks for your message, Lee! So happy to hear

  20. Patty

    Apr 09

    Hi Pati, do you put the coffee beans in the press? I don’t have one, but will get one to try this. So you leave the beans kind of chunky? Grind them in a spice blender? Thank you.

    1. Pati

      Apr 09

      Hola Patty, Yes, grind the beans in spice grinder.

  21. Debra Becker

    Mar 17

    We love your show and recipes.

    1. Pati

      Mar 17

      Thank you for tuning in!

  22. Wanda

    Mar 08

    I love the show, it’s unique and fun, can the coffe be made in a French press coffee pot?

    1. Pati

      Mar 09

      Thanks, Wanda! Yes it can, absolutely. Once it has simmered, remove the cinnamon stick, pour onto coffee press, and press on…

  23. teresa woods ricks

    Feb 22

    I enjoy your show, and you make cooking Mexican very easy. Thank you

    1. Pati

      Feb 23

      Thank YOU for watching, Teresa!

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