Wake and Bake: Making Cannabis Infused Coffee

Most stoners have enjoyed a wake and bake session or two at some point in time. There’s nothing quite like starting off your day with a nice cup of coffee and a puff of the good stuff. But why not combine the two in a way that’ll be nicer on your lungs since there won’t be any smoking involved? You can call it “Hillbilly Crack” or a “Hippie Speedball” but there is no doubt that cannabis infused coffee is a great take on the classic wake and bake.

This recipe calls for making cannabis infused milk or creamer which then can be added to hot coffee, hot cocoa, or a cold brew cup of coffee. It can be made in less than 2 hours and will make enough for 4 to 6 servings.

What You Need

The following items and ingredients are needed:

  • 2 Grams of Flower
  • 1 Gram of Kief
  • 1 Cup of Evaporated Milk OR 1 Cup of Whole Milk OR 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • Coffee OR Hot Cocoa
  • Grinder
  • Double Boiler
  • Spoon OR A Utensil for Stirring
  • Fine Mesh Strainer OR Cheese Cloth
  • Oven Safe Bowl

Step 1: Decarboxylation: Activating the THC

As we’ve discussed before in our guides to making tinctures and cannabutter, the first step you need to take is to activate the THC in your flower and kief. This requires a process known as decarboxylation. First, grind your marijuana and place it in an oven-safe bowl or on a pan with your kief. Cover the bowl with a lid or the pan with some aluminum foil. This will help to prevent your kitchen from getting too stinky. Preheat your oven to 250oF and put your cannabis in there for about 17 minutes.

Step 2: Boil Water in Double Boiler

Toward the end of the 17 minutes, fill the bottom part of your double boiler with water and bring it to a gentle boil. The goal here is to find the perfect temperature where the water on the bottom will boil, but the milk, which will soon be placed on top, won’t.

Step 3: Add Marijuana, Kief and Milk to Top Part of Double Boiler

After decarboxylation, add your ground up flower, kief and 1 cup of evaporated milk, whole milk, or half and half to the top part of the double boiler. Once again, make sure it never gets hot enough for the milk to start boiling.

Step 4: Let Cook for 30 Minutes while Stirring Nearly Continuously

It will need to cook for about 30 minutes, but you’ll need to stay close that whole time. You need to almost continuously stir the mixture. As soon as it sits for too long, a gross skim will develop near the top of the milk, and you don’t want that. Also make sure to be scraping the flower and kief that may get stuck to the side of the bowl back into the mixture.

Step 5: Strain Mixture

After 30 minutes, it’s time to strain. Use either a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth. Make sure to press the dregs with a spoon to squeeze out all of the liquid.

Step 6: Add to Coffee or Hot Cocoa or Refrigerate

Now it’s ready to serve. One dose should be about 2 to 3 tablespoons. If you’re unsure about how much to use, it’s always good practice to use less until you better understand the effects and potency of the cannabis-infused milk. You can add your milk to a cup of coffee or hot cocoa or store it in the fridge. The milk won’t keep forever, and it’s probably best to try and use it within 4 days of making it.

Make sure to enjoy responsibly and share with us how yours turned out!