Coffee Horchata Agua Fresca

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Coffee horchata agua fresca, a delicious variation of the classic Mexican horchata, tastes as good as it sounds. Sweet and refreshing, relaxing and awakening, learn how to make it with this step by step recipe and video.

Two glasses and a pitcher with blue rims with agua fresca

We love classic Mexican horchata, if we allowed ourselves we would drink it by the gallon. So when my family and I saw this variation at one of our favorite Mexican grocery stores in LA, we knew we needed to learn how to make it at home.

After a few tries, here is the recipe. It’s simple to make, but complex in flavor. It’s sweet, but with just a hint of bitterness from the coffee, and it is absolutely satisfying.

Raw rice

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Soaking the Rice

In my opinion, and unless you use rice flour as we did with our easy Mexican strawberry horchata recipe, I suggest soaking the rice for a long time, overnight is best.

This will make the rice softer and easier to blend. Plus, it will help achieve that horchata characteristic creaminess. Oh, and please soak it with the cinnamon.

About the Cinnamon

I suggest using big cinnamon sticks. I like to make a note of this because here in the United States the stores sometimes sell two different types.

Ground coffee, rice and a broken cinnamon stick

If you look for the cinnamon sticks in the spice section of your supermarket, probably you will find it in glass jars. This cinnamon, in my experience, is very tough to break and has less flavor. It looks great as a garnish though.

Instead, visit the Hispanic food aisle, or the produce department, and look for the Hispanic spices. There, you hopefully will find the big, easy to break, and oh so aromatic cinnamon.

Mexican coffee horchata agua fresca on a glass with ice and cinnamon

It may be sold in a bag or per pound. Choose the one you like. I suggest getting a few because you will want to use it to make milk gelatin, atole, or rice pudding with it as well.

You may be able to find this cinnamon at Amazon as well, just make sure to buy the ones that you can see have a lot of layers (not just one).

A tablespoon of ground coffee

About the Coffee

I recommend using the best freshly ground coffee you can find. It really makes a difference.

Of course, you will need a coffee maker or a french press, but if you don’t own any, just mix the grounded coffee with hot water in a pot.

If you are a coffee lover you are going to like this satisfying agua fresca, but as with everything, you may like it with more or less coffee. I recommend trying my recipe as it is and then adjust if necessary.

Now let’s make it!

coffee horchata agua fresca in a glass with a cinnamon stick

Coffee Horchata Agua Fresca

8 cups

Prep time 12 hr – Active time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 1 big Mexican cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 can condensed milk

Utensils

Rinse the rice twice until water runs clear. Strain and place in a medium bowl.

Add the cinnamon stick and two cups of very hot water. The water should cover the rice completely. Cover with a lid or kitchen towel and let it rest overnight (around 12 hours).

Rice and cinnamon in water

The next day, mix one cup of very hot water with the ground coffee. You can use a coffee maker, french press, or you can combine them in a pot.

A french press with coffee

Strain and set aside.

Place the soaked rice with the water and cinnamon stick in a blender or food processor and mix until completely integrated.

blended rice

Strain mixture into a pitcher. Return the strained rice paste to the blender, add two cups of water and mix again.

Strain this mixture into the pitcher, this time pushing the paste against the strainer to get as much liquid out as possible. Discard the rice-cinnamon paste.

Pour condensed milk, coffee and the rest of the water into the pitcher. Mix well.

Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to allow the rice sediments to drop to the bottom. If you skip this step you will end with a “sandy” feeling in your mouth.

two Mexican glasses with horchata agua fresca and cinnamon

Serve very cold. Enjoy!

Print the Coffee Horchata Recipe

Mexican coffee horchata in a glass
5 from 5 votes

Coffee Horchata Agua Fresca

Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 191kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 8 cups water divided
  • 1 big Mexican cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 can condensed milk

Utensilios

  • Sieve or strainer
  • Medium-size bowl
  • Coffee maker or French press
  • BlenderPitcher

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice twice until water runs clear. Strain and place in a medium bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon stick and two cups of very hot water. The water should cover the rice completely. Cover with a lid or kitchen towel and let it rest overnight (around 8 hours).
  • The next day, mix one cup of very hot water with the ground coffee. You can use a coffee maker, french press, or you can combine them in a pot.
  • Strain and set aside.
  • Place the soaked rice with the water and cinnamon stick in a blender or food processor and mix until completely integrated.
  • Strain mixture into a pitcher. Return the strained rice paste to the blender, add two cups of water and mix again.
  • Strain this mixture into the pitcher, this time pushing the paste against the strainer to get as much liquid out as possible. Discard the rice-cinnamon paste.
  • Pour condensed milk, coffee and the rest of the water into the pitcher. Mix well.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to allow the rice sediments to drop to the bottom. If you skip this step you will end with a “sandy” feeling in your mouth.
  • Serve very cold. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Coffee Horchata Agua Fresca
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 132IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Cold Beverages & Aguas Frescas
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: agua fresca, how to make horchata, How to make Mexican aguas frescas
Author: Silvia

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Veronica

I love horchata; but never tried coffee horchata agua fresca. Sounds scrumptious and perfect for Miami’s weather. Will look for that cinnamon. .

Estefania

Very interesting twist in a horchata! I could have this one with coffee in the morning, perfect for breakfast too, like an horchata latte!

Vicky

Qué delicia!!! Se parece a la chicha Venezolana!!!! Me encanta!!

Aracelis

Las aguas frescas son deliciosas y refrescantes, y con café incluido mejor. Tu receta de Coffee horchata agua fresca debe ser una ricura!

Pilar

I have seen a lot of times aguas frescas and horchatas, and i feel so curious about this with coffee, i think that is similar to a beverage that we call Chicha, this looks delicious!!!

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