In this post you will learn:
- How to make the best coffee extract at home
- Supplies/ingredients needed
- Best type of coffee to use
What is coffee extract?
Coffee extract is a highly concentrated liquid made with ground coffee and alcohol. The alcohol helps to fully extract the flavor from the beans and also makes the final product shelf stable, good to use for months. It is growing in both popularity and the number of ways it is being used.
How to use coffee extract
Baking is the most popular use for this extract. Many recipes call for the use of espresso powder, aka instant coffee. However, most instant coffees on the market are made with cheap, bitter coffee. Substituting homemade coffee extract in a recipe will result in much better flavor. To substitute, simply replace the same amount of extract for the instant coffee. For example, if the recipe calls for 1tsp of instant coffee, replace it with 1tsp of the extract. Coffee extract can also be substituted for other flavors of extract, or added to any baking recipe for another layer of delicious flavor!
Other uses include savory dishes and sauces, cocktails and drinks, ice cream, and more! For fun drink recipes to use your coffee extract, check out our blog on Easy Espresso Recipes and Espresso Cocktail Recipes.
- 30 grams coarse ground coffee
- We recommend the House Bean for a lightly fruity extract, or the SOB Espresso for a more rich extract
- 375ml vodka
- Brand doesn’t matter
- 12oz mason jar
- I like the Hario V60 pourover brewer with a V60 filter
- A cheesecloth is also a great, reusable filter
Watch the video below for a fast explanation on how to make coffee extract at home.
- Coarsely grind 30 grams of coffee. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, place the beans on a paper towel or washcloth, fold over the top of the beans, and crush with a rolling pin or hammer.
- Pour grounds into mason jar
- Pure 375ml of vodka over the coffee grounds
- Tightly seal the lid and shake vigorously
- Leave to rest
- After 24 hours, shake vigorously and leave to rest
- Repeat daily for three days
- After three days, place filter over a separate container
- Pour the contents of the jar through the filter, leaving behind the spent coffee grounds.
Did you know water can affect the taste of your coffee? Check out our blog post here to learn more!