Aguapanela Colombian coffee recipe! Colombian coffee home brewed with aguapanela, a simple syrup made with sugar cane pulp.
Hi, Rhubarbarians! Sharing a Colombian inspired recipe today. Let's make some aguapanela and then make some Colombian coffee, shall we?
First, I like to make the panela syrup, or aguapanela, that I use to brew the coffee. Then I brew ground Colombian coffee with the aguapanela. It's easy, but you'll need these ingredients to make it!
I like to use a french press to make this version of cafe tinto, but it's traditionally made with a cloth filter.
What is aguapanela?
Aguapanela translates from Spanish to English as "panela water." It's a drink common to South American made with panela and water. Panela is hardened sugar cane. Aguapanela is made by boiling panela in water until dissolved and is usually served as a tea or a coffee.
You can read more about panela on Wikipedia.
Step by step instructions
Here's how to make a cup of Colombian cafe tinto at home! Full instructions are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this article.
- First, make your aguapanela. You can make just enough for one cup or make a larger amount to have on hand for coffee throughout the day or week.
- Grind your Colombian coffee beans (or use pre ground).
- Brew the coffee with the boiling aguapanela using a french press, or adding the grounds to your aguapanela and then straining through a cloth strainer.
- Serve black or add cream if you'd like. Enjoy!
Aguapanela Colombian coffee
- 40 oz filtered water
- 12 oz panela broken into small chunks
- 2-3 tablespoon freshly ground Colombian coffee
- Bring water and panela to boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring regularly to melt panela. Remove from heat, let sit 5 minutes.
- Place ground coffee in a small french press. Pour aguapanela over coffee until french press is full. Reserve remaining aguapanela for another use, or another cup of coffee.
- Brew for 4 minutes, stirring once. Plunge french press and serve coffee immediately.
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