Sweet cinnamon coffee: Cafe de olla

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Karen Hursh Graber

Sweet cinnamon coffee is a great early-morning energy booster, as well as a good beverage for those who need to stay awake later in the day. My husband calls it “funeral coffee” because cafe de olla is always served at the velorios — all-night wakes — with large trays of sweet rolls.


  • 6 cups water
  • 3 heaping teaspoons medium-grind coffee (not instant)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar or piloncillo, or to taste

Bring the water to a boil. Add the coffee, cinnamon and sugar, and continue boiling for 30 seconds.

Stir and strain into hot mugs.

Serves 6.

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Published or Updated on: January 1, 2004 by Karen Hursh Graber © 2004
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