Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is a decaffinated versionn of the classic Cafe Olla! From Gourmet Sleuth. This drink is traditionally prepared in a earthenware pots called Ollas. The earthenware lends some of the unique flavor to this drink.
- 4 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup dark brown sugar (or piloncillo)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2⁄3 cup freshly ground freshly ground dark roasted decaf coffee beans (Viennese is good)
- anise seed (optional)
- Heat 3 cups of the water, sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently. Bring the mixture to a boil, making sure to stir till the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes until the mixture is reduced by a quarter. The last 5 minutes, add the 1 tbls. cornstarch to the remaining 1 cup of water, mix completely, and add to the water/cinnamon mix. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add the ground coffee and stir until the mixture returns to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and allow to stand for at least five minutes.
- Strain the mixture using a fine sieve or a double layer of cheesecloth. Pour into mugs and serve while hot. Top with a few aniseeds if you like.
My oh my.. what a wonderful treat this morning. Great Great flavors, came in hand took it to the local football field, in a thermos to watch some Pee-Wee football games here today, came in handy, cool, and damp. Definately a winner here that DS and I enjoyed. Had the coffee beans grinded at the Harry and David here in town. Made for PRMR tag.
I was really a bit surprised at how very good this is. I used ready ground coffee Columbian coffee (it's what I had). The cornstarch doesn't really thicken it as such but seems to give it some extra body and whats not to love about brown sugar (Splenda Brown Sugar Blend) and cinnamon? I tried to float a star anise but it just sank lol! Thanks so much Sharon, what a great way to start my day!