Café de Olla


Coffee is coffee.  Wrong!  This old school method is very different from that of the tried and true coffee maker.  When drinking coffee is meant to be relished this is the way to do it.  This is definitely not an I’m-late-and-running-out-the door kind of coffee.  It is an I-have-nothing-but-time-on-my-hands-let-me-sieze-the-opportunity-to-slowly-enjoy-my-coffee coffee.  The rich, sweet, spiced aroma leaps out of the mug and entices you to sit down.  It grabs you by the hand and gently reminds you to savor the moment.  Enjoy it.  Café de olla is not just meant for breakfast either.  It is the go to for after dinner coffee or when sitting around having a conversation (i.e. meant to be indulgent and indulged).

Since it is a sweet drink I think it should be accompanied by a bolillo, French roll, but most commonly it is served with some sort of pastry or sweet bread.  Often times it is consumed black however if you need your coffee to be richer add a splash of milk or even evaporated milk to give it a some flair.


-3 cups of water;

– ¼ cup of ground coffee (preferably medium-coarse);

– ½-1 cinnamon stick;

-3 tablespoons of brown sugar.


Toss in all ingredients into a saucepan and heat over medium to medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until a brew begins to simmer.

starting out

Turn off and let sit for about 2 minutes.  Deeply inhale to absorb the lovely aroma.  Ahhh.


Using a fine mesh strainer, carefully strain the mixture into a mug and enjoy with a lightly buttered, freshly toasted bolillo (French roll) or, if you enjoy something sweeter, try a buñuelo.

final coffee

One thought on “Café de Olla

  1. I usually only have one cup of coffee early in the morning, but sometimes in the weekends I will have a second – I know now how I will prepare it on those special occasions 🙂

Leave a Reply to afracooking Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s