Perfect Brew for Dia de los Muertos

September 27, 2018

Kick off Dia de los Muertos with a traditional Cafe de Olla coffee recipe!

Looking for a sweet, spiced addition to your Autumn morning arsenal? Look no further! Café de Olla is one of our favorite ways to mix up our coffee brewing routine. The traditional preparation of Café de Olla involves the use of an “Olla”, a Mexican clay pot with a glazed interior used for various forms of cooking. However, this delicious coffee drink can be prepared by using a large saucepan found in most kitchens.


Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. At Home Café de Olla


8 cups of distilled water
1/3 cup Brown Sugar (or 3 Piloncillo cones)
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Clove
2 Whole Allspice Berry
3 Whole Black Peppercorns
4 Strips Orange Zest with no white pulp remaining
6-8 Tablespoons of Fresh Ground Single-Origin Mexican Chiapas (Or Grounds & Hounds coffee of your choice)


Pour 8 cups of water into a large saucepan (or olla), then add the brown sugar (or piloncillo), cinnamon stick, clove, all spice berries, black pepper, and orange zest to the water.

After adding all ingredients to the pan, bring the water to a boil.

While the water prepares to boil, coarsely grind 8 tablespoons of your favorite Grounds & Hounds coffee to prepare for the next step. (we recommend our Mexican Chiapas for this brew)

After the water begins to boil, the brown sugar has fully dissolved, and the mixture becomes fragrant, remove the saucepan from the heat, add the fresh ground coffee, and let the grounds steep for 8-10 minutes.

We highly recommend sneaking in a quick session of tug-o-war with your pup, or some belly rubs, while you wait for the coffee to brew!

Let the coffee grounds settle on the bottom of the pan (about 7-10 minutes), and then begin to  ladle the Café de Olla into individual cups (we suggest our Diner Mugs, but we may be biased).

As always, join your furry best friend on the couch, or your friends around the kitchen table and enjoy!

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