Coffee recipes: Café de olla (spiced Mexican coffee)

mexicoCafé de olla, which literally means ‘pot coffee’ is really a traditional preparation method rather than a type of drink. It should be prepared in earthen clay pots, which are still handmade by artisans today. The spicy distinct flavor of the coffee comes from cinnamon and piloncillo, which is unrefined whole cane sugar. It’s a warming, comforting drink that typical of rural areas and colder climates.  This type of coffee is principally consumed in the cold climates and in rural areas. To get a really authentic café de olla you should really prepare it in the special pot, which can sometimes be found in specialist kitchenware shops or bought online – if you cheat and use a cafetiere, though, you’ll still get a delicious result.

To make four servings, you’ll need:

Start by putting the cream, half the cinnamon and the nutmeg into a bowl and whip until the mixture forms soft peaks. Pour plain hot water into the cups, and let them stand and warm for a minute. Then tip out the water and put a teaspoon of chocolate syrup into each cup.

Add the sugar to the coffee, and stir until dissolved. Divide the coffee evenly between the cups, stirring to dissolve the chocolate syrup. Top each cup with the spiced whipped cream, and top with a sprinkle of the remaining cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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