Spice Sweet Mexican Coffee

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"Recipe source: Pati's Mexican Table cookbook"

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (514.2 g)
  • Calories 167.1
  • Total Fat - 3.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 81.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 30.1 g
  • Protein - 1.1 g
  • Calcium - 86.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a pot on medium high heat bring the water to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and add the coffee, piloncillo (or brown sugar) and cinnamon stick. Simmer fro 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and serve.

Step 3

(***alternatively, remove the cinnamon stick and pour the drink into a French press, press down on the plunger and serve).

Step 4

Can be made a couple of hours ahead, covered, in the pot, reheat before serving.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting ground coffee, choose a dark-roasted option for a more intense flavor.
  • The type of sugar used is up to personal preference, but piloncillo, grated, or dark brown sugar will all work.

  • Instead of piloncillo, grated, or dark brown sugar, use honey or maple syrup. The benefit of using honey or maple syrup instead of sugar is that they are natural sweeteners with their own unique flavor profiles that can add a deeper complexity to the coffee. Additionally, they are healthier alternatives to sugar.
  • Instead of a cinnamon stick, use a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. The benefit of using ground cinnamon instead of a cinnamon stick is that it is easier to strain out of the coffee and will provide a more even flavor throughout the drink.

Chocolate Spice Mexican Coffee Follow the same instructions as the original recipe, but add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips when adding the coffee, piloncillo (or brown sugar), and cinnamon stick. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and serve.

Mexican Churros con Chocolate - This classic Mexican dessert pairs perfectly with the Spice Sweet Mexican Coffee. The cinnamon and sugar in the coffee is a great compliment to the cinnamon sugar in the churros and the rich dark chocolate sauce provides a delicious contrast.

Tres Leches Cake: This traditional Mexican cake is light and fluffy and is the perfect complement to the Mexican Churros con Chocolate. The sweetness of the cake balances out the spicy flavors of the coffee and the richness of the chocolate sauce. Plus, the cake's creamy texture pairs wonderfully with the crunchy texture of the churros.


Q: Can I use a French press to make this coffee?

A: Yes, you can use a French press to make this coffee. Just remove the cinnamon stick and pour the drink into the French press, press down on the plunger and serve.

Q: Can I make this coffee with decaf beans?

A: Yes, you can use decaf beans to make this coffee. Just use the same amount of decaf beans as you would regular beans and follow the same instructions.

6 Reviews


I needed an afternoon pick-me-up and this was the tastiest way to do it. I LOVED this coffee. It's easy to make (I quartered the recipe and used dark brown sugar) and might be the tastiest coffee I've ever made. It's not overly sweet and the cinnamon shines through. A keeper!


review by:
(7 May 2023)

Mia in Germany

I made this coffee years ago but forgot about it. Glad to have found it back because I LOVE it! I used my last piloncillo for it and now have some leftover coffee for tomorrow. Great pick-me-up! Thanks for posting! Made for the Amazing Race / Checkpoint recipe.


review by:
(3 May 2023)


This is so yummy! I decided to make mine in the coffee maker. I used two cinnamon sticks, but next time I will only use one. I put the brown sugar in the coffee pot before brewing. So I drank some right away, and the taste was faint. I let it sit in the pot, and the next cup was full of flavor! My husband didn't even add anything to his. If you make this, try letting it sit for a couple hours first. You will be in awe!


(1 May 2023)

dienia b

Very good love the flavor


review by:
(12 Nov 2021)


Had this coffee this morning and what a great pick-me-up! Really like this concept and I’m making it like this again tomorrow morning. I added an additional cinnamon stick and ran it through my percolator instead and the longer it sat the more delicious it got! Really enjoyed this good cup of coffee. Thank you, Ellie, for sharing. Made it for FYC.


review by:
(14 Mar 2021)


I love coffee and your simple recipe does not disappoint. Wow was this good. My taste buds are singing. Thanks for sharing this lovely treat ellie. I loved it. Quick and easy to make with ingredients always found in my kitchen. Made FYC tag game.


review by:
(12 Feb 2021)

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Fun facts:

This recipe is a variation of the traditional Mexican café de olla, a popular coffee drink served in many Mexican homes. The name literally translates to “pot coffee”, as it is usually brewed in a clay pot.

Famous Mexican chef and TV personality Pati Jinich popularized this recipe in her cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table. The cookbook includes many traditional Mexican recipes, as well as modern interpretations of classic dishes.