· By Valarie Sakota
Hemp Infused Coffee Elixir
How to Make Your Own Cannabis & Coffee Extract
Cards on the table, while I always love instant gratification, this infused-coffee extract is a multi-phase recipe and does require about a week of preparation before it can be consumed. I know this recipe might seem a bit lengthy, but once you have a bottle of it made, it will last you for quite a while! The beauty of this extract is that it can be used in anything from baked goods (think vanilla extract) to infused beverages. One teaspoon of this elixir roughly equals about one teaspoon of instant coffee.
STEP 1: PREPARE THE COFFEE EXTRACT
Yields: 6 ounces | Prep Time: 1 week
- ¾ cups of vodka
- ⅓ cup of coffee beans (freshly ground)
- Combine vodka and beans in a glass jar with an airtight lid. Shake to mix and let sit at room temperature for a week. Shake vigorously 1-2 times a day.
- After a week, strain the grounds from the liquid and discard. I like to use cheese cloth so that I can squeeze every drop of the liquid but a mesh sieve works as well.
This recipe is modified from Saving Room for Desert.
STEP 2: PREPARE THE HEMP EXTRACT
Yields: 2 ounces | Prep Time: 2 days
- 7 grams of decarbed hemp flower
- 6 ounces of 200-proof food grade ethyl alcohol (ethanol) or 190 proof Everclear
- Parchment paper
- Two freezer-safe glass containers, such as wide-mouth pint mason jars or half-pint jars with lids.
- Small unbleached coffee filters, like these ones
- Cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve
- Dropper bottles to store your finished tincture. These bottles have droppers with mL markers on them for accurate dosing.
First we Decarb 🌿🔥
- Use your fingers to tear your cannabis into small pieces.
- Lay them evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Pop it in the oven at 250°F and bake.
- THC-dominant flower? Heat for 25-30 minutes.
- High in CBD? 40-50 minutes.
- 1:1 strain? Meet in the middle at 30-35 minutes.
Then we chill ❄️🌿✨
- Place your 7 grams of decarbed hemp flower into a freezer-safe jar with a lid, seal it tightly and place it in the freezer.
- Place 6 ounces of Everclear or culinary ethanol in a different freezer safe jar, preferably one with plenty of extra space (this will come in handy later). DO NOT MIX WITH HEMP YET.
- Place both containers in the freezer for at least 24 hours. This cold infusion process is what makes magic happen.
After 24 hrs: The 1st wash
This step is what we call the 'first wash.' It's where the real alchemy happens, as the cold alcohol extracts all those precious cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. The minimal exposure to alcohol helps keep the final product from tasting too bitter or 'weed-y.'
- Remove both the hemp and alcohol from the freezer. Then, pour HALF of that ice-cold alcohol (3 ounces) into the container with the frozen cannabis. Seal it tightly with a lid and get ready to shake, shake, shake! Give it a good 5-minute workout. If your jar is too chilly to handle comfortably, wrap it in a kitchen towel for a warmer grip.
- Now, return both the hemp-alcohol mixture and the separate remaining 3 ounces of plain alcohol to the freezer for an additional 2 hours. It's like giving them a little winter wonderland retreat.❄️
After 2 hours
- Remove only the hemp-alcohol mixture from the freezer and shake again for 5 minutes.
- We're going to strain that tincture through two different layers: cheesecloth (or a fine mesh sieve) first, to catch the larger plant bits. Then, carefully pour the liquid to strain a second time using a fine coffee filter, which will help remove additional lipids and any lingering residue. This process can take about 10 minutes to complete, so set up a hands-free filtering station if possible (check out the original recipe from Homestead and Chill for visual guidance and a few tips).
- Back to the freezer: While your first wash liquid is working its way through the coffee filter (usually about 10 minutes), return the jar with the strained cannabis to the freezer.
The second wash
The second and final wash is where the magic happens, extracting those last precious cannabinoids from the plant material into your homemade cannabis tincture.
- Take the jar of cannabis from the freezer. Add the remaining 3 ounces of cold plain alcohol to the cannabis jar, seal it with a lid and shake-it-like-you-mean-it for 5 minutes.
- Strain this mixture first through the mesh sieve (or cheesecloth) and then through the coffee filter, just as you did with the first wash. Pour it into the same filter and jar used in the first wash.
Let the jar sit at room temperature with the lid off for several days to allow the excess alcohol to evaporate (this will ensure it's less harsh when consuming). To speed up the process, you can use this double boiling method to reduce your tincture in about an hour.
Keep a close eye on the liquid's volume as it reduces. You can mark the starting point with a rubber band or a glass marking pen. Once it's reduced by about half, seal it with a lid to stop further evaporation. When the process is complete, you should have approximately 2 ounces of infused liquid.
This recipe is modified from Homestead and Chill.
STEP 3: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Combine your coffee extract and your hemp extract in a single jar. Tighten the lid and shake well and set aside for use! You should have approximately 1 cup of hemp infused coffee elixir once combined.
Use this dosing calculator to determine the approximate potency of your finished elixir. To ensure you have a more accurate potency, be sure to list the total amount (in cups) of this elixir (coffee extract + hemp extract) for the question: “How many cups of oil or alcohol will you be infusing?”
If you used our Oregon Guava hemp flower, your Elixir should be approximately 1mg of THC and 23mg CBD per teaspoon of Elixir.
1 teaspoon of elixir roughly equals one teaspoon of instant coffee. Yes! You can add hot-water to this for a quick infused cuppa-joe or get extra fancy with this homemade Cortado.
OKAY THAT WAS A LOT OF STEPS BUT ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?
I hope so, because here’s where the real fun begins, my favorite way to start a morning: The Cortado
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