Clay-pot coffee (café de olla)

Clay-pot coffee (café de olla)

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  • 4 to 8
  • Easy
  • 5 minutes
  • 5 minutes


  • 1 litre water
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Orange peel, a few strips
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 4 T ground coffee

Cooking Instructions

Heat the water with the flavourings until boiling. Simmer for a few minutes, then stir in the coffee. Simmer for a further minute. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for about 5 minutes.

Strain into small cups.

Cook's note: A fragrant coffee is traditionally made in a clay pot, but a small saucepan will also work. Serve with Mexican cinnamon cookies.

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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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