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Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

6 servings
Café de Olla


  • 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.