Mexican Coffee

Last updated on January 21st, 2024 at 10:41 am

Mexican coffee isn't just a cup of joe. It is a spiced, sweet experience. It can be brewed with cinnamon, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), and sometimes even orange peel.
Mexican coffee hails from the heartland and southern regions of Mexico

Mexican coffee isn’t just a cup of joe. It is a spiced, sweet experience. It can be brewed with cinnamon, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), and sometimes even orange peel. It boasts warm aromas and smooth, chocolatey notes. Café de olla, the traditional method, simmers the grounds with spices for a rich, spiced infusion. Whether enjoyed black or with a splash of milk, Mexican coffee offers a unique, flavorful escape from the ordinary. The following recipe is the simplest way to make it at home.

Servings: 1


  • 1 sugar cube or piloncillo
  • 1 fluid ounce of hot water
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon ground
  • 1 fluid ounce coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream


  1. Pour sugar, ground cinnamon, and hot water into a coffee mug.
  2. Stir in the coffee and liqueur.
  3. Spoon whipped cream gently on top of the coffee.
  4. Garnish with nutmeg for more flavor (optional)

Tips For Mexican Coffee

  1. Choose the right beans: Opt for a medium-coarse grind of dark roast beans. This will stand up to the strong flavors of the spices and piloncillo.
  2. Embrace the piloncillo: This unrefined cane sugar adds a unique molasses-like sweetness and depth of flavor. You can find it in most Latin American markets or online. If you can’t find it, substitute it with brown sugar.
  3. Spice it up: Cinnamon is a classic addition, but feel free to experiment with other warm spices like cloves, star anise, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick.
  4. Brew it traditionally:  Café de olla, the traditional method, involves simmering the coffee grounds with spices and piloncillo in a clay pot (olla) for a rich and flavorful brew.
  5. Get creative: Don’t be afraid to add your twist! Try using a French press or pour-over method for a cleaner cup, or add a splash of milk or cream for a smoother texture.
  6. Top your coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or chocolate shavings for a decadent treat.

No matter how you make it, Mexican coffee is a delicious and unique way to enjoy your daily brew. So give it a try and savor the warm, spiced flavors!


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