Café de olla is also great as a float, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Piloncillo is raw cane sugar, molded and sold in cones. It has a mild molasses flavor; raw sugar or brown sugar may be substituted.
Combine the water, spices, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to break up the sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, without stirring, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the coffee, cover, and steep for 5 minutes. Line a sieve with a coffee filter and strain the coffee through it. Serve hot or, for iced coffee, store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.
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