This year Cinco de Mayo meets Taco Tuesday and these great recipes are a gift that will keep on giving on all year round!
Cinco de Mayo meets Taco Tuesday
We’ve put together this great collection of Mexican coffee recipes to help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo or just to add to your regular weekly Taco Tuesday celebrations, but first a little history lesson….
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Tuesday, May 5 in 2020, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. (source)
A Bit About Mexican Coffee Beans
The majority of Mexico’s coffee is grown along the Southern border, where mountain ranges and jungles give coffee plants the nutrients and altitude they need to produce beautiful beans. Among these regions are the departments of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Pluma, and Veracruz—some of the most well-known origins in the specialty coffee community.
Most smaller farms are run by indigenous groups. Their agricultural philosophy for centuries actually lines up very well with organic farming, and sometimes there are basically no differences in the farming techniques. This is what made Mexico the Certified Organic powerhouse it is today—a large portion of the farms were already practicing organic farming.
The recipes below lend themselves to a dark roast coffee as it compliments the heavy use of spices in the recipes. Why not try the Java Momma Mexican Dark these beautiful beans from Chiapas, Mexico are roasted dark, with hints of hazelnut, this full-bodied roast has a smooth finish with moderate acidity.
If you prefer a lighter roast, then the Mexican Medium might be more your jam. This medium roast highlights a black cherry flavor. Mild in acidity and full-bodied, this great breakfast coffee will have you pouring a second cup.
Authentic Mexican Coffee Recipe – Café de Olla
Frequently brewed in a clay pot, which imparts not only imparts its own particular flavor but also absorbs the scent of the coffee and spices over time, café de olla is lightly sweetened with piloncillo, or panela, hard unrefined sugar cones or bars, and spiced with cinnamon. This Mexican spice coffee is delightfully sweet and spicy at the same time!
Prefer a cold brew? You can modify the recipe above by mixing in the spices and sugar in half the water on the stove top and letting it simmer for 15 minutes to dissolve the sugar and infuse the spices. Then add in the rest of the water into your large cold brew container to cool the syrup down. Once cooled you can then add in your ground coffee and cold brew as normal (you might want to add in extra coffee grounds). Serve over ice. You can even add in a bit of cream or milk.
More Mexican Coffee Recipes for you to enjoy
Once you’ve brewed the Café de Olla you can use it to make:
Iced Mexican Coffee:
Fill a cup with ice pour over your Café de Olla. Throw in a tablespoon of chocolate sauce and a tablespoon of cream or milk and stir.
Decadent Café de Olla:
Top your hot brew with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon powder.
Tipsy Café de Olla:
Add in a serve of your favorite coffee liqueur like Kahlua.
You can watch this video below for 3 more Café de Olla recipe variations and watch the process for making the authentic Mexican coffee recipe.