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Café de olla: Mexican Pot-brewed Coffee

This coffee is rich and sweet. Often called "funeral coffee" as it's served at all-night wakes. Not everyone has an "olla" but that doesn't have to stop you from enjoying this comforting coffee.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beverage, coffee, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 97kcal


  • Medium size stainless steel pot
  • Measuring cup
  • 8 Individual cups
  • Fine-mesh strainer, cone filter, or cheese cloth.
  • Wooden stirring spoon


  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 sticks Cinnamon
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 4 oz Piloncillo, brown, or demerara sugar
  • 1/2 cup Medium Ground Roast coffee
  • 2 cups Warmed milk


  • Boil the water in a medium size steel pot.
  • Carefully add to the boiled water - the sugar, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add coffee grounds and stir over low heat. Don't let it boil as it will give the resulting beverage a bitter taste. Cover and simmer for about 5 mins.
  • Strain coffee through a fine cone filter, fine mesh sieve, or cheesecloth.
  • Add warm milk to taste.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg