Café de Olla is a drink that many of us will endearingly be reminded of our abuelitas, or our grandmothers. They spend mornings and evenings boiling coffee in a pot, filling the house with comforting smells of piloncillo, oranges, and porsu
Café de Olla, which translates to coffee from pot is a traditional drink that comes from Mexico, whose origins stem from soldiers who needed simple coffee during the war. Combining coffee with water into a clay pot, the older women prepared the beverage with spices that would keep them awake and alert during the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Today, it is a beverage we know and love for its simplicity, as well as its presentation in a beautifully decorated clay ceramic mug. It is an incredibly easy beverage to prepare at home with whatever coffee you have lying around.
Place the water, piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, and orange peel in a pot (WITHOUT the coffee).
Heat the water to boiling, then lower to a simmer for 7 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves.
Add ground coffee to the pot, cover with a lid, and turn the heat off. Let this sit for about 5 minutes.
After this time, strain the pot with a mesh filter into another bowl.
Serve in your favorite mug, add some orange peel, and consume alongside conchas, pastries, or a tamale. ¡Buen provecho!