Vanilla Extract in Coffee

vanilla extract in coffee

Hello, we are Lone Goose Bakery and we are in love with VANILLA! We’ve experimented with adding our pure vanilla extract to many different food/drink items. One morning, I poured a little of the extract in my latte. I had stumbled upon the wonderful relationship of vanilla extract in coffee. I now have several bottles of our vanilla extract aging in I liked it so much, I decided to write a post about it. Learn my tried and true methods to discover the best way to add vanilla extract in coffee.

pure vanilla extract with coffee
Shhhh, it’s a secret! Lone Goose Bakery Vanilla Extract is great w/ coffee!

If you don’t have time to read this entire post and want a good recommendation for delicious vanilla extract, check out our Lone Goose Bakery Pure Vanilla Extract made with the top quality Madagascar vanilla beans. This is the flavor that I add to my mug every morning, and you should too!


My Experience w/ Vanilla Extract Coffee

When covid hit and the local coffee establishments began closing, I quickly realized how much a needed my morning caffeine. While I was historically a coffee drinker, I switched a few years ago to the milder vanilla latté, and I have never looked back. We immediately purchased our own espresso machine as the quarantine took hold. The freedom & responsibility of having our own equipment meant I had more control over the creation of my daily caffeinated beverage. I decided to start sampling with our vanilla products, primarily our vanilla beans and vanilla extract.

I discovered my optimal method for adding vanilla extract in coffee or lattés, and I have included it below.

Safety First

Many of you have already read our popular post about the alcohol content found in vanilla extract. For those of you that haven’t, I will provide a brief summary.

FDA rules require vanilla extract to contain alcohol. Baking with the alcohol causes a majority of it to vaporize or “burn off.” The alcohol actually vaporizes at 171° F. The average hot coffee or latté is served in a temperature range of 160-185° F. Adding the minimal amount of vanilla extract in coffee that I recommend contains very little alcohol, and a majority would be vaporized. Iced coffees and iced lattés do not reach a high temperature, so the alcohol would not be vaporized. Either way, I suggest playing it safe and not consuming vanilla extract in coffee unless you are 21+.

Discover the Best Spirits for Vanilla Bean Extract on our related post.

Benefits to Using Pure Vanilla in Coffee

Many poor souls utilize artificial flavoring in their drinks, and they don’t think twice about it. As people have become more health conscious, a shift towards a healthy focus on natural ingredients has occurred. Natural vanilla has a flavor that cannot be matched by artificial ingredients, and it also has several health benefits. Always choose natural over artificial, and make sure your vanilla extract is Pure Vanilla Extract like our brand we recommend.

My Method for Coffee

Ive included my instructions for adding vanilla extract to coffee. This is for an average 4-6 oz cup of coffee:

  1. Brew your daily cup of coffee
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar (if desired)
  4. Stir with stir stick

My Method for Lattés

The instructions for lattés is a bit more complicated. I’m not going to take a deep dive into all of the minor details that make the perfect espresso shot (I’ll save that for an expert video). Feel free to add your own touch to these steps:

This is how I create my double shot ~ 10 oz vanilla lattè

  1. Take out your mug/tumbler/cup
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract to mug
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to mug (if desired)
  4. Heat milk and pour into mug
  5. Prepare espresso shot & pour into the milk/vanilla/sugar
  6. Add caramel (if you want to make it a caramel macchiato)
  7. Stir, wait to cool, and enjoy!


Hopefully this guide has helped you learn how to add vanilla extract to your morning cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage. I definitely recommend using pure vanilla extract rather than the artificial flavors found in most vanilla syrups. Vanilla has the power to take the flavor and aroma of your caffeinated beverage to another level. Don’t hesitate to add it to your next cup.

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

If you feeling adventurous and want to make your own delicious vanilla extract, you should check out our 8 oz vanilla extract kit. It makes the perfect gift and allows the recipient to have fun making the extract and enjoying it. It’s perfect for a friend or loved one that loves baking, vanilla or both! Just think, they will be adding your vanilla extract to their morning coffee/latte. You’ll be on their mind every morning 🙂


This is one post that could really use your individual hints, tips, or advice. Do you enjoy using vanilla extract in your lattès or coffee? Please share your experience below, and always remember, we read every post!


  1. Deborah Franks (verified owner) on August 1, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I will second that when I used quality fresh vanilla, the taste had a much fuller profile. I also make sure to use quality fresh espresso beans.

    • Lone Goose Bakery on August 1, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Deborah – I definitely agree to use quality espresso beans too. We like Stumptown Hair Bender. What’s your go to?

      • Deborah Franks (verified owner) on August 1, 2021 at 1:50 pm

        Lavazza & Kicking Horse. I remember the days when I thought Sbux was the best, then I tried real espresso. Your vanilla pairs the best with Kicking Horse; it takes the edge of the bitter beans IMHO

        • Lone Goose Bakery on August 2, 2021 at 6:53 pm

          Thanks for the compliment, and I went through similar. I’ll use Starbucks beans in a pinch, but there are many better options out there. I feel like it all comes down to personal preference at the end. I appreciate your comments and your support!

  2. Megan Octol on July 21, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve started using in my latte, can you please start a vanilla syrup line?

    • Lone Goose Bakery on July 30, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Megan – thanks for the comment! Yes, we’re actually currently looking into launching a new vanilla syrup line. We hope to have it ready by the holidays.

  3. Cami Macline on July 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    I’m a vanilla addict and have used the extracts in coffee, Coke (my own version of Vanilla Coke), and adult beverages.

    Can you guys post some recipes for adult mixed drinks that use vanilla? It would be much appreciated.

    ~ Cami

    • Lone Goose Bakery on July 16, 2021 at 9:53 pm

      Cami, great minds think alike! We are planning on making an entire section of mixed drink recipes that use vanilla in the near future. Let me know if you’d like me to email you when it is complete.

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