How do you make coffee beans tincture or extract?

Coffee tincture on vodka or the same tincture on spirit is a delicacy not only for caffeinated drink lovers, but also for many people who do not drink coffee on a daily basis. Its advantage over homemade fruit alcohol is the fact that it can be prepared at any time of the year, because the ingredients are always available. 

You don’t need anything special to make homemade coffee tincture. Use just 1/4 cup of your favorite whole coffee beans. Lightly crush the beans using a mortar and pestle or rolling pin, then place in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour 1 cup of your favorite vodka over the crushed coffee beans and mix. 

Seal the jar and place in a cool dark place for a week. Once a day or so shake the jar to mix the beans with the vodka. After a week pour the tincture extract through a fine mesh sieve to remove the beans. Keep it in a dark bottle away from the sunlight. 

Coffee tincture ready to drink
Finished coffee tincture

Check out the coffee tincture recipe in different variants in the rest of this article. Sometimes you will find also such recipes under a coffee extract name, when it will be made with the use of vodka or spirit, in the article I will be using both names. 

I will cover uses, benefits, dosage and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a coffee tincture by yourself.

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The recipe is relatively easy and leaves a lot of room for experimenting with your favorite ingredients. Depending how strong you would like your coffee tincture extract to be you can use vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume, and for stronger tincture use 80 or 90-proof alcohol.


  • 1/2 cup of of coffee beans,
  • 4 glasses of vodka or spirit,
  • 1 glass of water,
  • half a cup of honey,
  • 1 vanilla pod.

The process is quite simple, but we’ll cover it step by step just to be sure that it will be easy to make for you 😉

Crush the coffee beans gently in a mortar. You can use whole beans but crushed will work better. Next, together with the prepared vanilla pod, pour the crushed coffee into a large jar

Add vodka or spirit to the jar to cover coffee beans, close the jar and leave it for a minimum 2 weeks in a darkened place with room temperature. 

After this time, mix the honey and water in a pot, and then start heating gently, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes a light syrup. Cool the prepared mixture and then add it to the jar in which the coffee with vanilla, and mix everything thoroughly. 

Leave the jar with coffee tincture extract for 3-4 days in a warm, dark place. After that time, prepare a dripper with a paper filter or just gauze, which we will then use to filter our tincture. After filtering, the tincture can be bottled. 

Remember that the entire recipe looks exactly the same when you are using vodka or stronger spirit. 

Coffee beans tincture extract benefits

Coffee bean extract tincture may be an effective weight loss aid. It may also promote blood sugar regulation, improve health markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, and provide antioxidants.

Coffee tinctture and beans
Coffee beans and tincture

Other coffee bean extract tincture benefits include:

  • Anticancer properties – Coffee is also a source of valuable antioxidants – chlorogenic and coffee acids, which not only neutralize oxygen free radicals in the body and facilitate cleansing the body of harmful toxins, but also improve the body’s defense mechanisms. Scientists believe that thanks to these properties, antioxidants can protect the genetic material in cells from damage and thus protect against certain types of cancer. It has recently been found that the level of these valuable antioxidants in coffee increases significantly during the roasting process of coffee beans.
  • Improves memory and concentration – Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine present in coffee beans affect the central nervous system, accelerating the flow of electrical impulses in the brain, i.e. thought processes. So it stimulates the mind, increases short-term memory and facilitates concentration. The body begins to absorb caffeine from the gastrointestinal tract after about a quarter of an hour after drinking a cup of coffee, and it reaches its highest concentration in the blood and has the strongest effect on the nervous system after about three hours.
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes mellitus 2 – Coffee may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to a study by Dutch scientists at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, which was published in the Lancet. Among those who drink more than 7 cups a day, compared to 2 cups a day, the risk is reduced by up to 50%.
  • Supports weight loss – Caffeine accelerates metabolic changes in the body, especially fat burning. That is why coffee has become one of the desirable ingredients in weight loss preparations.
  • Helps with Allergy and Asthma – Research conducted by numerous laboratories around the world to date suggests that caffeine may be useful in treating allergies because it lowers the levels of histamine, a substance involved in allergic reactions. In contrast, it is proven that in people with asthma, caffeine reduces the frequency and severity of attacks of breathlessness because it dilates the bronchial tubes.

Coffee tincture dosage

As coffee tincture extract is made with strong alcohol it should not be used by kids or pregnant women. For adults dosage of coffee tincture is 15 – 45 drops, depending on your personal needs, 3 – 4 times a day.

What do you use coffee tincture or extract for?

Coffee has a beneficial effect on health as it has numerous healing properties. That is why coffee beans are a raw material highly valued by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, including because they contain substances that slow down the aging processes of the body.

The coffee tincture contains, among others, caffeine, which is a mild natural stimulant and is effectively used to keep one alert and focused when needed. Coffee also decreases fatigue and improves muscle coordination. 

How long does coffee tincture extract last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, coffee tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they will last longer because the light will not damage them. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing them in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so they last longer.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of coffee

If you would like to check more info about the coffee here you can find article about it

It is also known under such names: Cafe, Café, Café Arabica, Café Robusta, Caffea, Coffea arabica, Coffea arnoldiana, Coffea bukobensis, Coffea canephora, Coffea Cruda, Coffea liberica, Coffea robusta, Espresso, Expresso, Java, Mocha.

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