How to Smoke Coffee Beans At Home

If you’re a coffee connoisseur who loves the warm, smoky scent and flavor of coffee, then there’s a project you might want to consider: smoking your own coffee beans at home. 

If you want to smoke coffee beans at home, you only need three things: green coffee, heat, and time.

Green Coffee Beans

The first step is to make sure that you have green coffee beans for smoking. Green coffee beans are coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet. You can get green coffee beans from a local coffee roaster or vendor; if none are in your area, go online. We recommend buying a small amount first to check the taste after they have been roasted or smoked. If you like it, you can buy in larger quantities.

How to Smoke Coffee Beans

All you need to smoke coffee beans is a grill and a smoker pipe. To add a nice layer of flavor to the smoke, we recommend using maple, apple, cherry, or pecan smoker chips. To smoke your coffee beans, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the grids from the grill and place a smoker pipe (filled ½-¾ of the way with soaked smoker chips) onto the sear plates above your burner.
  2. Preheat the grill to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit until the smoker chips start smoking.
  3. Sprinkle the coffee beans in a single layer over a baking tray.
  4. Smoke-roast the beans over indirect heat for up to 25 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon and checking on them every 5 minutes. The beans will expand, crack, and pop as they absorb the smoke.
  5. Once the beans have reached your ideal roast color, remove them from the grill and place in a colander. Stir as they cool.
  6. Pour from the colander into a bowl. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  7. Allow the beans to rest for 24 hours to achieve full flavor.

Smoking Ground Coffee

If you don’t have any green coffee beans, but still want to add a smokey flavor to your coffee – for drinking or for a coffee rub – try this method of smoking ground coffee over a charcoal grill.

  1. Preheat 2-3 charcoal briquets and place them in a small pile on one side of the grill.
  2. On the other side, add your favorite smoking wood chips for flavor.
  3. Replace the grill’s grate.
  4. Place ¼ cup of ground coffee in a glass ramekin (or other heat resistant dish) and place on the main grate, opposite the charcoal side.
  5. Cover the grill with the vent directly over the coffee.
  6. Let the ground coffee cold smoke for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove the ground coffee, place into a coffee grinder, and grind into a fine powder.
  8. Place smoked coffee into an airtight container. Coffee will be ready to use right away, but wait 5-7 days for peak flavor.

To enhance your homebrewed coffee even more, try adding products from Nutiva, Garden of Life, and Dr. Mercola.


Specializing in nutrient-rich hemp seeds and hemp oil (among other things), the people at Nutiva are dedicated to providing organic superfoods as a way to begin a revolution of the food system. Try bringing that revolution to your morning coffee with Nutiva’s Organic MCT Powder. Organic MCT Powder is a form of digestible fatty acids that quickly convert to ketones, giving the brain, muscles and other tissues fast and sustained energy, and it also works great as a delicious non-dairy creamer to add to your coffee.

Garden of Life

A recognized leader and innovator of whole food nutritional supplements, Garden of Life is a recognized leader and innovator of whole food nutritional supplements. Garden of Life has another dairy creamer alternative for your morning coffee: Raw Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Add a tablespoon to your coffee to take advantage of coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides, which support many different functions in a healthy body.

Dr. Mercola

One of the most recognizable names in nutrition and natural health, Dr. James Mercola has made it his personal goal, and the mission of his company, to provide people with simple, affordable tools to stay healthy naturally. Try sweetening your coffee with Dr. Mercola’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Organic), which supports heart and immune health, healthy blood sugar levels (and tastes delicious).