THE DRINK'S ORIGIN DATES BACK...
...to the early 1900’s during the Mexican Revolution where women made their mark on the frontlines. Those who participated in the war effort were called Adelitas, named after Adela Velarde Pérez, a nurse from Ciudad Juarez. Pérez led the way for other women at war to be recognized for the contributions, one of the biggest being café de olla. To keep up the stamina of the soldiers, the Adelitas created a blend of spices, coffee, and sugar in giant clay pots which they would then hand out to all the soldiers for an energy boost throughout the long war. This blend of coffee would be called café de olla, literally meaning “coffee from a clay pot.”
HOW TO MAKE CAFE DE OLLA AT HOME!
- Pour 4 cups of water into a saucepan or pot and place on high heat
- Add cinnamon & piloncillo (Orange peel & anise is optional but highly recommended)
- Lower heat & simmer until the piloncillo is completely dissolved
- When the water starts boiling, add the coffee, turn the heat off and stir.
- Cover the pot and let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Pour through a strainer to serve.
Try your next cup of Cafe de Olla with any of the items on this list for the perfect cafecito time: