Coffee and kratom have been used together by countless kratom users seeking to add an additional energy boost and pain-relieving effects from their morning coffee.
While coffee is the more prolific of the two, and we touch on why this is the case in this article on the boon and the bust of caffeine, kratom has also been used for thousands of years by local populations for its stimulating effects.
In fact, kratom is a member of the coffee family. They are biological cousins. And their effects, although through different mechanisms and totally different active substances, their effects have some similarities.
In addition to an energy boost, kratom has pain-relieving and anxiety-reducing impacts. So while it provides instant alertness and focus, it’s not a jittery alertness that high amounts of caffeine yield.
There are also practical considerations to mixing kratom and coffee together.
Kratom isn’t the easiest substance to get down because of its bitter taste. While the most popular method of consuming kratom is the “tosh and wash” method, lots of people prefer to take it with existing beverages.
Whether that’s a kratom protein and fruit smoothie, steeped kratom tea, or, that’s right, plopping a few grams of kratom into your coffee, these various strategies help mask kratom’s bitter taste and make delicious, convenient ways to consume your kratom.
If you’re a regular coffee drinker already, then occasionally adding a few grams of kratom into your morning coffee makes practical and logistical sense.
This isn’t rocket science.
Start with a fresh pot, however you like it. Kratom will mix better in hot coffee, so you’ll want to make sure you have a warm pot.
Measure out the kratom dose you want. We recommend starting with 1 or 2 grams. Kratom is a strong substance, and as we’ll talk about, it can be hard on your stomach. So start with a small dose.
Just like caffeine, building a tolerance to kratom is common, which means you need to keep taking more and more to get the same effect. A conservative, very safe upper limit is 5 grams per day, although countless users have used higher daily doses without any negative health effects.
Once you have the dose, add your spoon of kratom to your hot coffee.
Kratom doesn’t particularly mix well, either, so it’s important to give it a stir. Unfortunately, it’s not like adding a spoonful of sugar.
So make sure it dissolves well. Again, this is why it’s important to use hot coffee.
Once the kratom is dissolved, then you can add cream and sugar. You can even make it an iced kratom coffee at this point by pouring it over ice.
Taking simple powder isn’t the only option, and we’ve touched on the differences between kratom extracts and powders.
There are even extracts from quality, third-party-tested companies that have coffee-infused extracts.
Hush Coffee-Infused Kratom Shot is one such example, and you can learn more about that here.
Another extract option is to take these kratom caramels from Hush and simply drop one into your coffee.
It will dissolve easily and give your coffee a caramel flavor, so that’s another option.
Extracts, however, tend to be more expensive than powders.
As mentioned, they’re both stimulants, so it will give you an extra stimulant kick, along with the other effects of kratom, like possibly reducing anxiety and definitely reducing pain (which is why it’s popular among those dealing with chronic pain.)
Because you can build a tolerance to both, there are many strategies to go about using kratom and coffee together.
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, then you probably already know that coffee doesn’t give that pizazz like it first used to. One popular option to restore this effect is to cycle caffeine, however regular coffee drinking has its own set of interesting health effects, like disease prevention, as covered this excellent article from Examine about cycling caffeine.
So if you want to keep your daily coffee but want that fresh boost of energy and focus, that’s a good time to go for a coffee + kratom combination.
Another strategy is the inverse. If you’ve grown accustomed to kratom, and are trying to lower your dose, then using a lower dose than normal in conjunction with coffee can help you taper back down to a lower dose.
If you don’t regularly use either, then it doesn’t make as much sense to combine them. If you don’t drink caffeine and then drink a cup of coffee, that will be plenty of a stimulant effect on its own. But if you want to get some of the other effects of kratom, like pain relief and euphoria, then of course you can still mix them.
Yes, it’s safe to mix them as long as you’re not an idiot about the doses. However, there are a few concerns to be aware of.
Foremost among them is the stomach and gut discomfort. Kratom is not easy on the gut, and we all know that coffee makes us poop.
Me: *takes one sip of coffee*— SWAGAMEMNON 🎮 (@swagamemnon22) June 23, 2020
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That’s why we recommend starting with a small dose of kratom. 1-2 grams is great to start.
Another short-term concern is insomnia. Since you’re combining TWO stimulants, don’t plan on sleeping for a while. That’s why you should keep this cocktail for the morning time.
With both of these substances, you can build a tolerance, both of which can have negative effects, but which is especially important with kratom.
Track your doses and if you watch them climb, then try to cycle off, especially with kratom, or bring the dose back down. Remember, you’ll only get the best effects of kratom if your receptors are fresh, so it’s in your favor to lower the dose or take a break.
There are three main strains of kratom: white, green, and red. They all come from the same plant. The differences are in how they’re dried. We covered this in this article.
Green, as the graph informs us, is just a mix of both.
Any other claims from companies that xyz-specific strain gives xyz-specific effects is mostly marketing bullshit. Every batch will vary, because it’s a different plant that grows in different conditions every time.
That’s how it goes.
With that said, choose the strain based on the stimulating effects you want. If you want to be completely jazzed up, go with a white strain, if you want something more smooth, go with a green strain, and if you just want the other benefits of kratom (like pain relief), then you can even mix a red strain.
You could also use a little bit of red with decaf coffee, or even with a caffeine-free tea like chamomile if you’re closer to bedtime.
We have explored kratom in-depth. You can check out our full catalog of articles on kratom.
If you want to try kratom, it’s absolutely crucial that you buy it from a trusted source. Because of kratom’s gray-area status, it’s very unregulated. This means kratom you both at gas stations, CBD stores, or even online, is often contaminated.
Look for brands that are members of the National Kratom Association and are third-party tested with cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices.)