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¿Adónde se encuenta el mejor café de olla?

Dommy! and I were discussing café de olla -- Mexican coffee with piloncillo and spices -- in a thread about Mexican pastries, but I think it deserves its own thread.

Where's the best? Dommy! says La Huasteca, which I've never been to. They don't have it at La Serenata, I asked last night -- too fancy!

If it's an off-menu item, please let me know so I don't look like a fool reading the menu 4 times to make sure I didn't just miss it!

(I'm aware of the typo in the title... when you edit, you can't change the title. Bah.)

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  1. So actually goes into cafe de olla? Would love to make some.

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      1. cafe atlantic in pasadena makes a very good cuban version of cafe de olla.

        1. One of the more overlooked restaurants on this board, La Casita Mexicana in Bell, has a tasty cafe de olla.

          1. I neglected to try La Huasteca's version. But in the same Plaza Mexico, there's a coffee shop that makes a pretty good version. It's on the north end of the plaza.

            If you're facing the replica of the National Palace, the coffeeshop is all the way to its right, just before the parking lot.

            1. Is it the same as caffe ole? Try Zona Rosa Caffe in Pasadena.


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              1. re: chica

                I don't think cafe ole means the same. It might be a play on cafe au lait. But I love zona rosa!

                Dona Rosa (also in Pasadena) on the other hand, does have cafe de olla on the menu. I've had it before and wasn't blown away by it, but it was robust and served its purpose.The bread and pan dulce, which they make themselves, are pretty good, though (considering the place is owned by the El cholo folks).

                1. La Parilla has good cafe de olla (there's one on wilshire and one in boyle heights)

                  1. Nevera in Bell (it's pretty close to La Casita so you could do a tasta testa). The guy who owns Nevera gets the beans from this artisinal coffee guy. He also sells bags of the beans.


                    1. i've only had it at alegria on sunset, so can't compare. but i was hooked afterwards.