Project Zomboid – How to Make Coffee

In Project Zomboid, coffee plays a crucial role in satisfying thirst, hunger, and moodles. Coffee is the most commonly consumed beverage in-game due to its simple recipe and benefits. Nevertheless, some players are unaware of how to make coffee. This guide will teach you how to make coffee in Project Zomboid.


To make coffee in Project Zomboid, you will need to gather the following ingredients:

1. Coffee

You can find raw coffee on kitchen counters in houses, warehouses and restaurants.

2. Empty Mug

You will require an empty mug to make the coffee, and other containers such as plastic cups or bowls cannot substitute it. You can obtain a mug from kitchen cabinets or grocery stores.

3. Water Source

You will require any water source to make coffee. You can gather water from lakes or rain, but it’s labelled as “tainted” and must be purified first for safety. It’s best to get water from sinks or bathtubs as it’s clean and easily accessible. If you get water from polluted sources, use a kettle or saucepan to purify it by placing it on the heat source. Both can be found on kitchen counters.

4. Heat Source, Sugar and Tea (Optional)

You will need a heat source to make the coffee hot, and an oven is best recommended. The majority of residential houses have an oven, so don’t worry if you’re making coffee indoors! Adding sugar or tea to the recipe helps reduce negative moodles. You can add any type of sugar, such as brown sugar, sugar packs, or sugar, to your coffee mug. Additionally, sugar or tea is primarily found in kitchen cabinets.

How to Make Coffee in Project Zomboid

You will need a combination of coffee, water, and a mug to make the coffee beverage. A mixture of heat and sugar or tea enhances the effects to the next level. Follow these steps:

1. Fill the mug with water.

2. Right-click on the mug and select “Create Beverage” => “From Coffee.”

3. Choose “Beverage” => “Add ” to add an additional ingredient.

4. Place your coffee mug on the heat source, wait for it to be cooked, and enjoy it.

Additional Coffee Recipes

Uncooked Coffee

You can eat raw coffee by right-clicking on it and selecting “Eat,” but it increases unhappiness and thirst. Instead, we’ll show you how to make the best coffee beverage! Follow these steps:

1. Fill the mug with water.

2. Right-click on the mug in your inventory and select “Create Beverage” => “From Coffee.”

3. You can add coffee to the mug 3 times, each time weighing 0.17 (17% of the coffee’s encumbrance), and they provide different effects. Depending on your current negative moodles, you need to select the best amount of coffee.

Uncooked Coffee (With Tea)

If there’s no heat source nearby and you have tea or sugar on you, you can make a more potent beverage. Follow these steps:

1. Right-click on the coffee mug in your inventory and select “Beverage” => “Add Tea Bag.”

2. The maximum number of ingredients you can add is only 3, which is explicitly shown in the table below:

Ratio Fatigue Hunger Thirst Unhappiness

Uncooked Coffee (1 Coffee:1 Tea) -15 +100 -10

Uncooked Coffee (1 Coffee:2 Tea) -15 -15 +10 -10

Uncooked Coffee (2 Coffee:1 Tea) -8 -15 +10 -10

Uncooked Coffee (With Sugar)

To add sugar, right-click on the coffee mug in your inventory, then select “Beverage” => “.” Each type of sugar can only be added once in a mug, so if you have 3 types of sugar, you can add them up to 3 times (3 spices). Each one helps decrease Boredom and Unhappiness by 2. You can add sugars on top of any coffee beverage, regardless of the coffee and tea ratio.

Cooked Coffee

To boil coffee, find the heat source (oven), right-click on it, and select “Settings.” Setting the temperature between 100 – 150 °C is advisable, while the ideal timer is 10 minutes.

1. Right-click on your coffee mug and select “Put in Container (Oven),” or simply drag your coffee mugs to the oven’s inventory.

2. Wait for the coffee to be cooked.

3. Right-click on your coffee mug and select “Drink” => “All,” and enjoy it.

Cooked Coffee (With Tea)

Suppose you got a tea and coffee drink. In that case, it’s better to make it hot rather than drink the uncooked beverage. The best coffee recipe to drink is a combination of 1 coffee and 1 tea ratio. If thirst is your biggest problem, don’t add extra coffee to the recipe.

In conclusion, that’s how you make coffee in Project Zomboid! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.