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Coffee-Cardamom Bitters

Coffee-Cardamom Bitters 0.500

Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post

Apr 26, 2017

The precise temperatures of sous-vide cooking produce consistently good results in less time than it usually takes to infuse bitters.

This recipe is designed to work with an immersion circulator/sous-vide device.

Make Ahead: The bitters can stored away from sunlight at a cool room temperature for up to 6 months.

0.5 cup

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Tested size: 0.5 cup

  • 1/4 cup whole coffee beans, preferably dark roast
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 6 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar


Fill a deep pot with water. Stand the immersion circulator/sous-vide device in it, plug it in and set the temperature at 140 degrees (60 degrees Celsius).

Combine the coffee beans, peppercorns, cardamom, rum and dark brown sugar in a quart-size freezer zip-top bag.

Seal the bag by using a water displacement method: Place the bag into a sink or deep bowl filled halfway with water. Submerge the bag with only the top exposed; the pressure should force most of the air out of the bag. Once the liquid rises to just below the zipper seal, seal the bag.

Once the sous-vide water temperature is reached, add the sealed bag so it is submerged. Set the timer to cook for 1 hour.

Remove the bag from the water bath. Let the bag cool to room temperature, which should take about 30 minutes.

Open the bag and pour its contents through a fine-mesh strainer over a 1/2 pint jar. Discard the solids. Use right away, or seal tightly for storing.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Sous-Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals,” by Lisa Q. Fetterman with Meesha Halm and Scott Peabody (Ten Speed Press, 2016).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 1/8 teaspoon: 0

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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