Kafé de Olla

There are many variations of coffee to try out there in the world. And while there is not enough time to experience each variation, you must try the delicious and traditional 'Café de Olla' at least once. 

Why traditional? Café de Olla is how coffee is prepared in Mexico. This comforting drink is lightly sweetened and steaming with the aroma of cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. When served hot, it can take all your tiredness and grogginess away and leave your mouth tasting fresh. In this piece, we tell you how you can make Cafe de Olla with the Classic Blend Korma Date Coffee.  


What is Cafe de Olla?

Cafe de Olla can be literally translated to mean 'coffee of the cooking pot.' It is a type of coffee that is traditionally made in a cooking pot with some spices. Add to that the unique flavor of the Korma date coffee, and you've in your hands an aromatic and robust cup.

Cafe de Olla originated around the Mexican Revolution in 1910. During that time, it was "soldaderas," or women soldiers' job to look after the men fighting in the war, provide first aid, and cook for them. 

These women experimented with traditional coffee and invented a new flavor by adding spices like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. Traditionally, this coffee is sweetened with piloncillo, or unrefined cane sugar, which gives it a smooth sweet taste. If you want to make it as healthy as possible use raw honey!



  • 2 cups of fresh and clean water
  • 2 tablespoons of Korma Date Coffee-Classic Blend
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 2 cloves
  • ½ a cone of piloncillo, coconut sugar, or raw honey to taste for a healthier alternative


Traditional Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add piloncillo (or raw honey), cloves, cinnamon stick, and star anise pod. Stir thoroughly and slowly until the sugar is dissolved, and let simmer for at least 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the Korma date coffee to the mix and stir slowly. Let the pot simmer for another 5 minutes on low heat. 
  • Use a cheesecloth-lined sieve to strain the coffee into two cups and sip away!
  • You can also use a Mexican clay pot known as Olla de Barro, which is how this coffee is traditionally served. This gives the coffee an earthy flavor. 


Another great way to make this quick and easy is in a French Press!

French Press Directions

  • Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan or kettle.
  • Add ground date coffee, star anise, cloves, and honey to the bottom of the French Press.
  • Pour in half the hot water and stir briefly.
  • Continue to pour in the rest of the water and press.
  • Steep 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour into your cup and add cinnamon stick.
  • Enjoy!

    korma date coffee cafe de olla in front of a french press


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