Easy Guide to Make Homemade Coffee Extract Recipe


Coffee Extract Recipe 

With this easy and delicious option, you can now make your own coffee extract recipe, by following these simple instructions. The great thing about making your own coffee extract is that there are only a few special ingredients required to make pure coffee extract.  

coffee extract with whole beans

This allows you to get the delicious rich coffee flavor, provided by coffee drinks, in a much more concentrated form, that you can add to your favorite recipes. 

While you can sometimes find coffee extract at your grocery stores, it’s not always available, and when it is, it’s sometimes a high price. If you love the rich flavor of coffee, you’ll want to enjoy it in your coffee and other recipes as well.  

With just two main ingredient options outlined below, you can now enjoy the delicious taste of coffee, whether an intense coffee flavor, or just a light coffee flavor, in whatever food you want. 

Let’s jump right in by looking at how you can make your own homemade coffee extract, following this basic recipe. We’re going to start off with our preferred recipe, but then we are going to show you several different variations of this recipe that you can make as well. 

Homemade Coffee Extract Recipe 

Simple Ingredients 

Vodka. Vodka is one of the base ingredients for making coffee extract. An alternative to vodka is bourbon. 

Coffee Beans. The other main ingredient you will need is your favorite coffee beans. You can use any type of beans you prefer, including Brazilian coffee beans, espresso beans, or green coffee beans.  

There are a couple of different ways you can make coffee extract, one is by leaving the coffee beans whole, and the other is by using ground coffee beans.  

The main difference is that coffee grounds let the coffee flavor get incorporated much quicker into the coffee extract than whole beans usually do. Whatever your favorite type of beans, or coffee grounds, make sure to use those so you get the perfect flavor for your taste preferences. 

Other Equipment 

To make the coffee extract, there are a few different kitchen items you might want to have on hand to help the process go smoother. Some of these items include the following: 

  • French press 
  • Coffee filter 
  • Fine mesh sieve

You don’t need to have all of these, simply select one from the list above, so that you can separate the coffee grounds, or coffee beans from vodka when the time comes. 

coffee extract in a small jar

How to Make Coffee Extract 

To make coffee extract, using vodka, coffee beans, or ground coffee is quite easy. All you have to do is combine one-part whole coffee beans, or coarsely ground coffee with two parts vodka.  

It works best if you combine these two ingredients into a glass container or jar with a lid, so that it can be sealed, but you can still see the mixture. 

Then once combined, store it in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard or pantry. Shake or stir the mixture once a day, for at least one week, or up to one month. 

You’ll be able to tell when the extract is finished brewing because the vodka will have absorbed the coffee, so that it is a delicious coffee flavor, and is the color of brewed coffee. 

When you are finished with the brewing process, pour the extract into a French press, or through a coffee filter, or a fine mesh sieve so that you can easily remove the coffee beans or ground coffee.  

Store the extract in a cool dry location, in an airtight container. 

Tips & Tricks 

Use a mason jar with a lid. My favorite way to make this coffee extract is by adding coffee grounds, and vodka into a mason jar with a lid.  

Once both ingredients are added, seal it securely with the lid, then place it into a cool dark location. Shake it each day, then by the end of one or two weeks, the coffee extract is ready to go.  

I then like to use a French press to separate the coffee grounds from the coffee extract. 

How to Store Coffee Extract 

At Room Temperature. Your homemade coffee extract can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container, in a glass bottle, in a clean jar, or glass jar such as a Mason jar and secured with an airtight lid.  

Thankfully, the coffee extract has a relatively long shelf life, if it is stored in a cool, dark, dry location. There is no specific rule of thumb for how long the coffee extract will last, but it typically lasts quite a while.  

You’ll be able to tell when it’s not good any longer, as it will likely have signs of mold. 

coffee beans in vodka

How to use Coffee Extract 

For all of you, coffee lovers out there, you might be wondering how you can go about using this coffee extract. We have a few ideas for you: 

In Iced Coffee 

Using coffee extract in iced coffee is a great replacement for cold brew coffee. This lets you make the best coffee in a hurry.  

You could also use the coffee extract in addition to cold brew coffee to add that extra coffee flavor, especially if you are a huge coffee lover.  

In Ice Cream 

Another great use for this coffee extract recipe is to add a teaspoon of coffee extract to vanilla ice cream. You get delicious coffee-flavored ice cream, that tastes so good. 

Coffee Extract for Baking 

Another delicious way to use this coffee extract is to incorporate it into your baked goods.  

Often, a baked good recipe, such as chocolate will call for some coffee, adding coffee extract is another great way to enhance the chocolate flavor in your baked good recipe. 

whole coffee beans in vodka

Best Coffee Extract Substitute and Variations 

There are a few other additional ingredients that you can use to make coffee extract at home. Below is another recipe you can easily follow, using hot water and instant coffee to make coffee extract. 

Instant Coffee Extract Recipe: Coffee Extract Recipe without Alcohol  

To make instant coffee extract, you’ll want to combine instant coffee or instant espresso powder.  

Begin by adding water to the saucepan and bring it to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the instant coffee powder to the hot water, and stir to combine. Remove from the burner and set aside.  

In another saucepan, add granulated sugar, and place it over medium heat. Heat the sugar, stirring continually until it turns into caramelized sugar. Please note that you will need to work carefully, as the sugar can easily burn. 

Once the sugar is caramelized, turn the burner to low heat. Into the saucepan with the sugar, slowly pour in the coffee mixture, whisking continually. 

When the ingredients are mixed, increase the heat of the burner to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil until the volume of the mixture reduces in half.  

Once it reduces, and thickens up, remove it from the burner, and transfer it to an airtight container. Store the instant coffee extract in the fridge until you are ready to use it. 

coffee extract from the side

Coffee Extract Substitute: Cold Brew Concentrate 

Cold brew coffee concentrate makes a great substitute for coffee extract. You can easily use cold brew concentrate in place of coffee extract, for most recipes.  

To make cold brew concentrate, you will simply want to combine cold brew coffee grounds with water and allow them to brew overnight or for several hours in the fridge.  

To make the cold brew into a concentrate, you want to have a lot of coffee grounds, compared to the amount of water you are brewing. 

Coffee Extract 

Coffee extract is a delicious full-bodied extract, with the potent flavor of coffee. The bold flavor of coffee allows you to enjoy the delicious coffee flavor without the volume.  

Coffee extract is great for many different recipes, whether you’re simply wanting to make something taste like coffee or enhance the chocolate flavor in baked goods.  

There are so many delicious ways you can enjoy the strong coffee flavor.  

We hope that you’ll give this easy coffee extract recipe and try and let us know what you think.  

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Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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