Coffee From Okra Seeds




Introduction: Coffee From Okra Seeds

About: A DIY enthusiast.

This instructable will show you how to make a caffeine-free substitute for coffee from roasted and grounded okra seeds.

Step 1: What You'll Need…

Ingredient: A lot of okra seeds


  1. French press
  2. Coffee beans grinder - I substitute with a blender because I don't have a grinder :-(
  3. A pair of scissor
  4. A pan (for roasting the seeds)

Completion Time: 20 minutes

Where to buy?

No need to buy if you plant your own okra.

Step 2: When to Harvest the Seeds

Okra is best eaten when its edible green seed pod is tender and crunchy.

However, sometime I forgot to pluck in a day or two, and the pods become fibrous hard not worth to be eaten.

I wait for another week until the pod's skin become wooden and hard.

When the tip of the pod split open, you know that the seeds have mature.

Use a pair of scissor to cut the bottom pod's stem.

I tear open the pod to reveal the seeds.

Step 3: The Roasting and the Grounding

I roast the seed in a medium heat until the seeds start to emit an aroma indicates its done.

When the roasted seeds still warm, I put it into the blender (even better if you have a coffee beans grinder) to ground it.


You can grind it into coarse or fine depends on your likes.

Step 4: The Steeping

I put the fine roasted okra seeds into the french press and add boiled water to steep.

Step 5: The Brewing

I let it brews for a while.

Step 6: The Taste

I press the french press and pour into a cup and then, I have a sip.

The taste? Just like a caffeine-free coffee!

...Straight from your own land!

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17 Discussions

it would be funny if my rabbit poop and Okra seed is a same thing

i love your idea so much and thank you for share you knowledge to us


How many grams of okra seed will it need to make 1 liter of coffee? We need it for our feasibility study :D

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Thanks for commenting.
In my search of information about okra, I found a little bit history of the okra seeds that form a caffeine-free substitute for coffee. Its happened when importation of coffee was disrupted by the American Civil War in 1861, the Austin State Gazette said, "An acre of okra will produce seed enough to furnish a plantation with coffee in every way equal to that imported from Rio."

well i learned something good thats awesome to know. maybe i would call it coffee than. thanks for the info

My pleasure :)

Thanks for commenting.

Your Instructable proves that one can make "coffee" out of almost any roasted, edible seed. Thanks for this example.

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Thanks for commenting.

Thanks for commenting.

This looks really cool I will have to try it. Thanks

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