Coffee extract is made by steeping coffee beans in alcohol. It is ideal for flavoring pastries. You can easily make it at home with minimal ingredients.
- 225 ml vodka
- 20 grams of whole coffee beans
◼ Put the coffee beans in a mortar and crush them with a pestle. You don’t need to grind the beans like you would when making coffee. You just have to break the beans so that they release their coffee aroma. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can break the grains with a hammer.
◼ Mix the coffee beans and the vodka in a glass jar. Close the jar and shake.
◼ Let the mixture infuse for a week in a cool, dry place. While the coffee beans soak in the vodka, the alcohol will extract the oils and aromas from them. Do not let the mixture steep for more than a week, as the extract may become bitter.
◼ Shake the jar every day. This agitation allows the beans to release more of their flavor and obtain a more concentrated extract.
◼ After a week, remove the lid of the jar. Line a fine mesh colander with cheesecloth, cheesecloth, or a coffee filter. Place a bowl under the colander and pour the mixture into the colander. Let the mixture drain into the bowl below; filtration can take about 30 minutes.
◼ Place a funnel in a small bottle with a lid. Pour the filtered liquid into the funnel and fill the bottle. Screw the lid on the bottle and store your extract at room temperature. Your coffee extract can be stored for at least a year, thanks to the protective properties of alcohol.
◼ Use your coffee extract to flavor your drinks and pastries. You can add it to cakes, cookies, and other baked goods instead or in addition to other flavors like vanilla. You can also use it to top your ice creams, prepare sauces, cocktails, or give a more pronounced taste to your iced coffees. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 ml) of coffee extract to give a coffee flavor to your baked goods and other preparations.