Café de Olla (Spiced Coffee)

The olla is the earthenware mug in which this aromatic coffee is often served.


  • 4 cups water
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cinnamon stick (about 3 inches long)
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 orange peel (about 3 inches long), white parts removed
  • ½ cup dark roasted coffee, coarsely ground
  • Milk (optional)


  1. Combine water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, and orange peel in a saucepan; place it on the stove over medium to high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Lower heat, cover the saucepan, and let mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in the coffee, and let sit for 8 minutes, covered.
  4. Use a sieve or a coffee filter to strain the coffee into 4 individual cups.
  5. Serve immediately, adding milk, if desired.
Serves 4.

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