Pot coffee: how to make it?

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Pot coffee: how to make it?

A true traditional coffee appears on our palate. It is possible that on more than one occasion you have heard about pot coffee or even had the recipe recommended to you, but you did not dare to drink it. The truth is that the drink is not complex in its preparation and the mixture of flavors it offers will make you visit heaven and return to earth. Today, we not only bring you how to prepare it, but also its history.

Origin of pot coffee

Although many do not know it, pot coffee has its origin in the first decades of the last century, when the events of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 were taking place. The story goes that during the long winter nights the soldiers needed to find a way to heat his body and the mothers and grandmothers dedicated to the cause of struggle, therefore, prepared large volumes of coffee for the revolutionaries in their areas.

As today, we enjoy hot coffee more, but maintaining its temperature in those times and conditions would be very difficult. In addition to the exquisite combination of flavors and smells that Mexican pot coffee bequeathed to us, the truth is that the best way to highlight its texture and keep it warm was to cook it and keep it covered in a clay pot, a natural component that remains also impregnated in the final flavor.

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The ingredients of pot coffee are very particular, but equally easy to find in your nearest store. Those that may be a bit unknown are “piloncillo” and orange zest. The former is nothing more than raw cane sugar, while the latter is more likely to be associated with a cup of tea, but it will keep the coffee delicious and hot.

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 enough tablespoon of piloncillo
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tablespoons of the coffee powder of your choice (not instant)
  • Anise and orange or lemon peel


In a clay pot or a large jar that you have at home, pour the water and add the piloncillo, the cloves and the cinnamon stick. Remember that anise and orange zest is optional to add to your drink. You can stir the mixture so that the sugar dissolves faster, but the important thing is that everything comes to a boil (about 7 minutes). Once it boils, add the coffee and help it dissolve by stirring with a spoon. Turn off heat and cover for 5 to 8 minutes. Strain it before serving it and you are ready to enjoy your delicious pot coffee.

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The taste

Many like to drink pot coffee on their visits to the mountains, since the mixture of its smell with the firewood that it heats creates a very cozy atmosphere. What started as a necessity has now become part of everyday life and enchants everyone who tries it. For cold and not so cool days, pot coffee is a perfect ally. Its aroma will reach you to leave you speechless and its flavor will confirm that it was worth the wait. Home, tradition and coffee are with us

A (not so) new way of feeling
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