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5 Coffee Extract Substitutes in Recipes/Baking/Drinking

Do you love deliciously rich coffee but don’t want to use coffee extract because they make it taste ‘bitter’?

Well, coffee extract substitutes can be a great way to add a little flavor without adding bitterness.

What is Coffee Extract?

Coffee extract is a soluble component that makes coffee a handy and delicious addition to your pantry. The concentrated liquid can be used in all sorts of drinks, foods, and recipes, foods. It has an intense and natural flavor of coffee and it’s a favorite among home chefs who love the taste of coffee.

coffee extract

Coffee extract is made of coffee beans and alcohol or an alcohol substitute like food-safe glycerin. Don’t expect to find pure coffee extract in grocery stores. Instead of hunting it down on store shelves, it’s easier to order some online or make it by yourself at home.

While making coffee extract at home requires patience, it gives you the freedom to kick extract as you want, seal it in jars, and store it in your pantry for months.

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You can also substitute coffee extract with milk to make them taste less bitter. Milk is a natural ingredient that also has a good nutritional base.



Raspberry can be a good substitute for coffee extract in baking. You’ll agree that chocolate raspberry cakes are yummy treats for both children and adults.

Raspberry gives you a vibrant rosy color and a sweet flavor when you add it to your cake.



You can also substitute coffee extract for espresso powder. Make it into a coffee beverage or espresso and watch it yield the same results as a coffee extract.

Almond Extract

non-alcoholic almond extract

Almond extract is a flavoring derived from bitter almonds. It’s often used in baking to give almond flavor and added sweetness to recipes.

When substitute for coffee extract, use a 1:1 ration.

Further reading: 10 Best Almond Extract Substitutes


If you are making a chocolate cake that requires you to add coffee, it’s easy to substitute coffee with water.

In most cases, children don’t like anything that gives them a hint of coffee flavor, using water in the place of coffee works for them.

homemade coffee extract

Homemade Coffee Extract Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Your easiest recipe to make coffee extract.


  • ¼ cup of coffee beans
  • 1 cup of vodka/bourbon/ gin
  • Mason jar/extract jar
  • A strainer
  • Mortar and pestle/rolling pin


    1. Crush coffee beans with a mortar and pestle or using a rolling pin

    2. Place crushed coffee beans in a mason jar or a glass container with a tight lid.

    3. Pour a cup of vodka of choice into the jar and ensure that the beans are saturated in the alcohol.

    4. Place the jar where it can sit and let it rest in a dark place at room temperature for about a week.

    5. Make sure that you swirl the mixture gently every day and at the end of the week your mixture should assume a dark brown color.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 949Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 875mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 10gSugar: 20gProtein: 12g


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FAQs Coffee Fruit Extract

How much coffee fruit extract per day?

Experts suggest that doses of 100-800mg of coffee fruit extract per day are safe. However, there is no official recommended dosage for coffee fruit extract.

Does coffee extract have caffeine?

Yes, it does. The procedure of making coffee extract includes soaking coffee beans in alcohol, and caffeine is soluble in alcohol. This means the caffeine content remains intact in the extract.

What are the benefits of green coffee bean extract?

The green coffee extract can be an effective weight-loss aid. It also promotes blood sugar regulation, improves blood pressure and cholesterol, and provides antioxidants to the body.

How much coffee extract to use in a cake?

You can add 12-1 teaspoon coffee extract in powdered espresso to dry ingredients.

Where to buy coffee extract for baking?

It’s hard to find pure coffee extract in grocery stores. But it’s easier to order some online or from specific stores or make it by yourself at home.


Adding coffee extract substitutes to your baking is a great way to add flavor to your creation without changing the initial idea. Have fun exploring different flavors by incorporating the all-natural ingredients above.

I’m Jennifer Schlette, a Registered Dietitian and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I love cooking, reading, and my kids! Here you’ll find the healthiest recipes & substitutions for your cooking. Enjoy, and be well, friends!

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