Kratom & Coffee : How Do They Compare? (+ Recipes)

kratom & coffee : how do they compare? (+ recipes)

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Kratom is nowhere near as commonplace as drinking coffee, but these two products share an exciting connection. The kratom plant is a botanical relative of the coffee bean. Since kratom powder is closely related to coffee, it’s no wonder more people are curious about mixing these items. Brewing cups of kratom coffee has become increasingly trendy as more Westerners start experimenting with this supplement.

Why do people take kratom?

Kratom is an evergreen plant cultivated for centuries in Southeast Asia. Despite kratom’s close relationship to the coffee plant, people don’t typically purchase it for the same reason they grab a cup of java. Most customers who gravitate to kratom powders are interested in their relaxing and stimulating qualities.

The two main active components in kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. These unique compounds are classified as alkaloids, which means they interact with the body’s natural receptors.

While it’s possible to use kratom for an energy boost, not every strain has this effect. Typically, if people want to use kratom to “get up and go,” they must rely on white-vein kratom strains (e.g., White Thai and White Borneo).

Why do people consume coffee?

Coffee is an iconic bitter beverage that’s made by roasting beans from the Coffea plant. Even if you’re not a fan of coffee, chances are you have some experience smelling or tasting this drink. After water and tea, coffee is the most popular drink on earth.

While many people love coffee’s flavors, this drink is most famous for its stimulating properties. Coffee naturally has high caffeine concentrations, accounting for its stimulating effects. Most coffee lovers drink this beverage in the morning because it boosts energy.

Kratom vs. Coffee – How they compare

Kratom and coffee may come from the same family, but these plants have many surprising differences.

How it is consumed
Although kratom tea is a traditional beverage, most customers swallow kratom powder or capsules. There are also liquid kratom extracts that people could take sublingually. The most common way to consume coffee is to drink it as a hot or iced beverage. However, many fancy recipes for meals and desserts incorporate coffee grounds or related products (e.g., coffee liqueurs).
Even customers that enjoy kratom admit this powder has an extremely bitter taste. Many people also describe “earthy” and “floral” flavors when tasting kratom, especially pine. The flavor of coffee largely depends on the quality of your beans and how you prepare them. However, all coffee varieties will have bitter notes. Some lighter roasts may have “softer” flavors like fruit & caramel, while darker roasts often have smoky tones. 
Kratom supporters believe the natural alkaloids in this plant can help relieve mental and muscle tension. Many people are hopeful the alkaloids in kratom could be a positive tool. Most scientific reports suggest coffee has high traces of antioxidants, which may repair DNA and slow the aging process. Coffee also helps people feel energized. 
Potential dangers
Kratom isn’t as well understood or regulated as coffee beans. Therefore, it’s more likely for kratom products with harmful secondary ingredients to hit the market. It’s also unknown at this point how kratom affects long-term health, especially at higher doses. Coffee often increases anxiety in patients who are prone to panic attacks. Too much coffee can make people lightheaded, faint, or provoke headaches. Coffee may also interfere with the circadian rhythm and promote insomnia.
Since the kratom market is so new, it’s challenging to find reliable estimates on the price of different products. However, most reports suggest the “average” price for kratom powder is around $6 – $12 per ounce.According to the US Federal Reserve, a pound of coffee costs roughly $6.40. All coffee manufacturers will charge above this price to consumers.

The best drinks with kratom and coffee

Mixing kratom with coffee can be as straightforward or complex as you want to make it. Here are a few ideas to help inspire your first cup of kratom-infused coffee.

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1. Simple kratom and coffee mix

The easiest way to test a kratom-infused café is to reach for a bottle of instant coffee powder. These convenient granules may not have the “best taste” compared with freshly ground beans, but they are the simplest way to enjoy your daily cuppa (plus kratom!).


  • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of kratom powder
  • Cream & sugar (if desired)


  • Pour water into a pot and bring it to a boil.
  • Pour one cup of the boiling water into a measuring glass.
  • Put your kratom powder and instant coffee into a mug.
  • Pour and stir the hot water into your coffee mix.
  • Add cream or sugar if desired.

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2. Kratom cold brew


  • 1 cup of whole coffee beans
  • 4 cups of purified water
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of kratom powder (for serving)


  • Grind your coffee beans until they have a coarse texture.
  • Put your ground coffee in a glass Mason jar.
  • Pour filtered water into your jar and cover it.
  • Leave the jar in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  • Filter out the coffee grounds with a cheesecloth into a clean Mason jar.
  • Serve your cold brew anytime, and add your desired amount of kratom.

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3. Kratom & OJ-infused coffee

If you don’t mind being creative with your coffee, you may want to add a pinch of orange juice. While it may not sound appetizing, plenty of people are raving about OJ-infused coffee drinks. Why not top this drink with some kratom powder for extra fun?


  • 1 cup of lukewarm or cold brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of kratom powder
  • Cream and sweeteners (if desired)


  • Pour coffee into a mug and mix in orange juice.
  • Stir in kratom powder.
  • Strain your drink through a cheesecloth to capture all the large kratom particles.
  • Add cream, sweeteners, or ice if desired.

Frequently asked questions

Is kratom related to coffee?

Both kratom and coffee are in the Rubiaceae plant family. Although kratom is a unique species (aka Mitragyna speciosa), it’s closely related to the coffee bean.

How to mix kratom and coffee?

You can pour kratom powder directly into warm or cold coffee. However, you may need to strain this mix through a cheesecloth to avoid large lumps of kratom in your beverage.

How to make kratom tea in a coffee pot?

You can boil water in a coffee pot, put a few teaspoons of kratom powder in a tea mug, and pour the hot water while stirring your kratom. You may also find kratom tea bags in some specialty shops, making it easier to brew a glass of kratom tea.

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Does coffee make kratom stronger?

Caffeinated coffee will make you feel more energized than if you took kratom. However, it’s unknown how coffee interacts with different kratom strains. Also, it’s unlikely decaf coffee will have the solid energy-boosting effects associated with regular coffee.

Does coffee interfere with kratom?

There’s no data on how coffee interacts with kratom, but most anecdotal reports suggest caffeine will strengthen kratom’s impact. People who want a robust effect will likely gain the most from a caffeinated kratom coffee.

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