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DIY: How to Make Kief Coffee

What to do with all that kief at the bottom of your grinder? Coffee!
What to do with all that kief at the bottom of your grinder? Coffee!

If you’ve been consuming cannabis for a while now, you’ve heard of kief – in fact, you might be scrounging around at the bottom of your grinder for some as we speak. 

There are many ways to utilize this part of the plant, but infusing it with coffee is one of the tastiest and most effective methods. If you want to know how to make kief coffee, this one’s for you. 

What Is Kief And Why Should I Put It In My Coffee?

Also known as “dry sift” or “pollen,” kief is just another word for the resinous trichome glands that are separated from the plant when agitated. More often than not, your grinder will come with a “kief collector” – a.k.a., the little section at the bottom of your grinder slowly collecting that crystallized, powdery green dust.

This may seem like something to discard at first glance, but don’t be fooled – those trichomes are actually the most potent element of the plant, which is why many consumers allow their kief to build up over time so they can sprinkle it on bowls or throughout joints for an intensified effect.

Kief also provides you with the powerful punch of variety. It’s likely that you’re consuming different strains of cannabis over time, which means your grinder is not only collecting the most potent element of the plant, but it’s also collecting different elements and effects from each strain you’ve dabbled with. 

If you seek out cannabis that is high in THC and incredibly bold in its effects, look no further than the bottom of your grinder. 

Kief will bring you that high you’re craving, which is especially beneficial for medical patients who require a large amount of THC for their treatments. However, it’s also great for anyone with  a high tolerance who needs to shake things up and remember again how it feels to be, for lack of any other phrase, totally stoned. 

How To Make Kief Coffee

Now that you know just how potent kief is, you’re ready to wake up on the right side of the bed by infusing it into your morning cup of joe. 

That daily cup of coffee is known to help you feel more energized, burn fat, and lower your risk for several health conditions, and adding kief to the mix introduces all the benefits of cannabinoids to your experience. 

Kief also provides you with a certain amount of alertness and focus, so combining the two can really help you optimize your mood for the day and how much you plan to accomplish. However, just as too much caffeine can make you shaky and paranoid, too much kief can actually inhibit your alertness, so make sure to know your limit and start slow if needed. 

This is how to make kief coffee part of your morning routine:

  • Step One: Activate the THC

The first step to making kief coffee, or really any cannabis-infused ingestible creation, is decarboxylation. Without this step, the THC in your kief will not activate, and your coffee won’t do anything for you beyond the normal caffeine buzz. 

Thankfully, the decarb process is actually quite straightforward. Simply preheat your oven to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, and then spread your kief out in an even layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 

Once the oven is heated, place the kief inside and allow it to activate for about 30 minutes - 1 hour, keeping a close eye so it doesn’t burn. If the color starts to brown, it’s time to remove it. 

  • Step Two: Infuse Your Coffee

Now that your kief has been decarbed, it’s ready to be infused into your coffee! It can be as easy as stirring the activated kief into your fresh mug of brew. You’ll have yourself a potent morning pick-me-up, and even more so if you add a splash of milk or creamer: the dairy’s fat molecules will give the cannabinoids something to bind to, which allows the kief to blend better.

However, if you’re averse to having little chunks of kief floating around in your coffee, you may benefit from taking the extra step of infusion. This is a longer process, but worth it if you’re looking for a seriously smooth and fulfilling drink.

To accomplish this, you’ll skip the decarboxylation stage and place your kief directly into a fatty liquid, like milk, creamer, or butter, on low heat for a long period of time. The THC will slowly release from the plant and decarboxylate into the liquid. 

Once it’s fully infused (about 30 minutes - 1 hour), you can strain out the remaining kief, leaving you with an infused cup of fatty liquid (or leave the kief in there). Then, simply stir that mixture into your coffee and get ready to experience the wonderful effects of kief coffee. 

Once you have the basics down, you can really get creative with your morning cups. Experiment with different flavors, make a latte or iced version, or even add some THC-infused chocolate if you’re really trying to go hard. 

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