Borgia Coffee


This drink reminds me of my Sister-in-law Alexandra. I remember going to Sherway Gardens in Toronto as a young girl and getting one of these from the Melitta Coffee stand in the food court. In the 70’s this was the hip coffee place to go and a Borgia was essentially a Mocha, part hot chocolate, part coffee, topped with whipped cream (the best part!) and a sprinkle of chocolate, or orange. I have created a less sweet, simple version by adding the cocoa and cinnamon to the coffee grounds. It has a nice smell and you can still top with whipped cream and a tiny bit of orange zest or cinnamon. If you want something special you can add orange liqueur to the whipped cream and the brewed coffee!

You will need


  • ground coffee (I used 3 heaped tbsp for 6 cups in my machine)
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder (not hot chocolate mix regular baking cocoa)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • sweetened whipped cream – you can add a splash of orange liqueur, sugar and cinnamon
  • grated chocolate, ground cinnamon and a tiny bit of orange zest to top -use one or all of these.




Step 1: add your coffee, cinnamon and cocoa powder to your coffee filter and brew coffee according to your machine and strength you prefer.


Step 2: whip cream with sugar and few shakes of cinnamon and you can add a dash of Cointreau or other orange liqueur.


Step 3: pour freshly brewed coffee in mugs, add milk and sweetness if you prefer. You can add a splash of orange liqueur if you like and top with whipped cream.



Top with a dash of cocoa or cinnamon or a tiny bit of orange zest and enjoy with your favourite person!


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