Coffee Around the World, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we explored four different types of coffee from around the world. Today, we're taking you on a virtual journey to four new locales with different types of coffee!

Café de Olla – Mexico

Café de Olla

Café de Olla is a Mexican spiced coffee, made with coffee grounds, cinnamon, and unrefined dark cane sugar called piloncillo. 

To make Café de Olla, place water, a cinnamon stick, and piloncillo into a saucepan. Simmer until the piloncillo is dissolved. Once the water starts boiling, add the coffee grounds. Then turn off the heat and stir.

Cover the pot and let your mixture steep for five minutes, then pour through a filter or strainer to serve! For an extra kick, add a splash of Kahlúa.

Café de Olla would be best prepared by a Mexican or Central American coffee such as Cadena's Honduran beans

Café Touba – Senegal

Café Touba

Café Touba, French for Touba coffee, comes from the West African city of Touba, Senegal. It is traditionally drunk by the Islamic Mouride brotherhood.

Café Touba is flavored with djar, also known as grains of Selim or Guinea pepper. These spices are mixed and roasted with the coffee beans, then ground into a powder. The drink is prepared in a similar way to drip coffee.

Cadena doesn't offer any beans roasted with djar...yet 😃. For a blend that incorporates beans from Africa, try our Mocha Java roast.

Pharisäer – Germany


Pharisäer, or Pharisee, is a German drink of strong, sweet coffee, a bit of rum, and whipped cream. It is generally served in a hot toddy glass. 

Pharisäer originated in North Frisia. The most popular origin story involves a 19th century pastor who was a strict teetotaler. Local villagers tricked him into thinking they weren't drinking by combining rum with coffee and adding whipped cream. The whipped cream prevented the rum from evaporating, holding the smell of alcohol inside the cup.

Upon learning about the deceit, the pastor shouted "Ihr Pharisäer!", or "You Pharisees!", referring to the biblical stories of Jesus criticizing the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. 

You can prepare Pharisäer with any of Cadena's beans. Let's be honest – if you're making Pharisäer, you're more interested in the rum and whipped cream than the coffee. ☕️🍹😃

Espresso Romano – not Italy

Espresso Romano

Espresso Romano, or Roman espresso, is a shot of espresso with a splash of lemon juice and a twist of lemon zest.

Despite its name, Espresso Romano does not come from Rome, or even Italy. The origins of this drink are unknown, but our favorite story is that it is a strong drink for sailors, and that the Vitamin C in the lemons helped to ward off scurvy on sailors' long voyages.

We like preparing Espresso Romano, as well as any other espresso drink, with Cadena's Colombia beans.