This is my latest obsession:
Cafe de Olla
2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp anise seeds or a dash of anise extract
1/4 cup piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar pressed into cones - you can grate it off) or brown sugar
Bring to a boil in a 2 quart saucepan.
Add 1/2 cup ground coffee and remove from heat. It will foam up in a dramatic fashion.
Steep 5 minutes.
Strain through a fine strainer and drink straight up or with hot milk. It is best from little rough clay cups, in Mexico, but it ain't so very bad in a mug in California, either.