How To Make Coffee Oil – 3 Easy Methods

These how to make coffee oil instructions are simple and easy to follow at home so you can create a great oil for your DIY hair and skin formulations.

I covered coffee oil in great detail in How to Use Coffee Oil. In this article, I’ll be breaking down three methods for DIY coffee oil plus tips to get the most out of your homemade coffee oil.

Coffee oil is produced from the beans of the coffee arabica plant. The oil can be made from green coffee beans or roasted coffee beans.

You can also create an amazing infused coffee oil right at home with just 2 – 3 ingredients I share in this article.

There’s a handy how-to card at the end for you to print and have on hand when you’re ready to make your coffee oil.

How To Make Coffee Oil

How To Make Coffee Oil – Cold Infusion Method

The cold infusion method doesn’t require any heat but it takes longer for the coffee oil preparation.

You need 4 tablespoons of lightly ground roasted or green coffee beans and carrier oil of choice. I recommend olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil.

For a detailed breakdown of the cold infusion method for coffee oil, head over to How to Use Coffee Oil.

How To Make Coffee Oil – Hot Infusion Method

The hot infusion method uses gentle heat to produce the coffee-infused oil.

You need 4 oz of good quality lightly ground roasted coffee beans, 4 cups of a suitable carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.

Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Crock Pot Slow Cooker with Digital Countdown Timer

Step 1 – Set Up Equipment

Measure the coffee beans into a slow cooker then pour the carrier oil over it. Stir the mixture around until the coffee beans are thoroughly immersed in the oil.

Step 2 – Turn on Heat

Turn the slow cooker to low heat and set it aside. Let the infusion simmer for 6 – 8 hours but give it a stir every hour.

Step 3 – Strain Coffee Oil

At the end of the time recommended, strain the coffee-infused oil through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press with a spoon or spatula to get all the oil out of the strainer.

Step 4 – Store Coffee Oil

Pour into a suitable bottle or wide-mouth jar with the help of a funnel then add the vitamin E oil. You might several bottles or jars to store all the coffee oil.

Store the coffee oil in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use the infused coffee oil.

Use the leftover coffee grounds for compost if you have a garden or in a body scrub recipe.

How To Make Coffee Oil – Double Boiler Method

The double boiler method is a cross between the cold infusion and hot infusion method.

You need a double boiler, 4 oz of good quality lightly ground roasted coffee beans, 4 cups of suitable carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.

Step 1 – Heat Up Water

Heat up 2 cups of water in a saucepan then place a double boiler over the hot water. 

Double boiler

Step 2 – Combine Coffee Beans and Oil

Reduce the heat to a minimum then pour the ground coffee beans and carrier oil into the double boiler. Stir with the spatula.

Step 3 – Simmer Infusion

Simmer the mix for about 1 hour. Keep an eye on it to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate completely.

Step 4 – Strain Coffee Oil Infusion

Remove double boiler from the stove after an hour then set aside to cool. Once cool, strain infusion using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

Pour into a squeeze cap bottle and add the vitamin E oil. Variations on the carrier oil used for this infused coffee oil recipe include:-

  • Sesame oil, jojoba oil, or plain castor oil if using for hair growth
  • Avocado oil, hemp seed oil, or macadamia nut oil if using for dry skin
  • Chia seed oil, calendula oil, or marula oil if using for sensitive skin
  • Sunflower oil, safflower oil, or kiwifruit seed oil for all other skin types

Difference Between Cold Infused and Hot Infused Coffee Oil

There is no major difference in the efficacy of cold-infused coffee oil and hot-infused coffee oil.

The only difference is the processing method used and the time required to get your coffee oil.

The results are the same and they both work effectively for beauty purposes.

Commercial Coffee Infused Oil

Don’t want to make coffee oil? You can buy coffee-infused oil from independent artisans on Etsy. Some great recommendations for this include:-

Ground Coffee Recommendations

Below are great recommendations for organic ground roasted coffee that will work well with this recipe:-

Cafe Altura Ground Organic Coffee
Cafe Altura Ground Organic Coffee

Kimera Koffee Organic Ground Coffee

Kimera Koffee Organic Ground Coffee 

Kofihana Organic ground coffee

Kofihana Organic Ground Coffee

Tools Required for Coffee Oil Recipe

For more DIY infused oils, have a look at our DIY beauty archives.

How To Make Coffee Oil - 3 Easy Methods

How To Make Coffee Oil

Yield: 1 bottle
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

These DIY coffee oil recipes are easy to follow and are great for DIY hair and skin formulations. The coffee oil recipes last for 12 - 18 months if stored properly.

Materials

Hot Infusion Method

Double Boiler Method

Instructions

Double Boiler Method

  1. Pour the ground coffee beans into the slow cooker then add the carrier oil of choice.
  2. Stir the mixture around until the coffee beans are thoroughly immersed in the oil.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to low heat and set it aside. Let the infusion simmer for 6 – 8 hours but give it a stir every hour or so.
  4. At the end of the time recommended, strain the coffee-infused oil with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press with a spoon or spatula to get all the oil out of the strainer.
  5. Pour the coffee oil into the bottles or cosmetic jars with the help of a funnel. Add the vitamin E oil. Close and shake.
  6. Store coffee oil in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use it.

Hot Infusion Method

  1. Heat up a cup of water in a saucepan then place the double boiler over the hot water. 
  2. Reduce the heat to a minimum then pour the ground coffee beans and carrier oil into the double boil. Stir.
  3. Simmer the mix for about 1 hour. Keep an eye on it to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate completely.
  4. Remove the double boiler from the stove after an hour then set it aside to cool.
  5. Once cool, strain infusion using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and pour into the squeeze cap bottle.
  6. Add the vitamin E oil. Close and shake.

How To Make Coffee Oil - 3 Easy Methods

Notes

  • If there are still some impurities in the coffee oil after straining, run the oil through a tea strainer to catch the impurities. 
  • Use the leftover coffee grounds for compost if you have a garden or in a body scrub recipe.
  • You can use green coffee beans for this recipe but turn the slow cooker heat setting up to medium instead and reduce to low once the coffee beans turn brown. Stir every 45 minutes instead of every hour.
  • Your coffee infused oil should last 12 - 18 months if stored properly.

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