Mexican Coffee- Café de Olla

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Dark Chocolate and Coffee. Can’t go wrong with this one.

A few weeks ago my hubby and I went out on a date to Downtown Durham. After eating supper, we decided to grab some coffee and chat a little more. At the coffee shop, we ordered a Mexican Coffee, which has dark chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon flavors in it! The coffee was so flavorful, I just had to figure out how to make it myself. Café de Olla is the traditional name for this coffee, though I have simplified the method slightly for making only 2 servings of coffee. This recipe has my husband’s seal of approval, and I hope you also enjoy it!


  • 2-3 tablespoons Course ground coffee

  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 2 squares dark chocolate (I used Lily’s Vegan Dark Chocolate Bar to keep this recipe dairy free for my husband and I)

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1-2 tsp brown sugar (Piloncillo is recommended, but may be harder to find. You can find it in the Latino section of the grocery store, or an International foods store)

  • 2 cups water


  1. For the most flavor, it is best to brew the coffee with the spices. However, if you have finely ground coffee, like me, it is best to go ahead and brew the coffee, then put the spices in.

  2. If you are going to brew the coffee with the spices, bring 2 cups of water to a boil on the stove, with the spices included. Then, add the coffee grinds and sugar. Let boil for a couple minutes, then turn down to low heat and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

  3. If you brewed the coffee first, put the coffee into the saucepan, add the spices and sugar, and cook on low/medium heat for 15 minutes. This will allow the flavors to combine well.

Serve with chocolate or a snack with a little kick of salt!

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