Earthy, Rich, and Bold: 11 Recipes That Will Make You Fall In Love with Coffee in a Whole New Way

If you’re a coffee fanatic, have we ever got some recipes for you

Perk up your favorite dishes with coffee.

Most days, drinking coffee is the only way to get you out of your morning slumber, but the coffee flow doesn’t have to stop there. Coffee, ground or brewed, can be used in some of your favorite dishes to add a depth of flavor you didn’t even think was possible.

11 Recipes That Will Make You Fall In Love with Coffee in a Whole New Way

Whether it’s part of the frosting for a sweet dessert, or a marinade for a savory dish, coffee adds an earthy and rich flavor. Brewed coffee works great in many recipes especially for sauces and stews, while ground coffee beans — works well for marinades and rubs. Coffee will now become your new secret ingredient.

Try using a rub containing coffee when you’re grilling steak — it acts as a tenderizing agent, so your meat is guaranteed to be succulent and delicious. Our cedar grilled flat iron steaks with coffee rub uses sugar, coffee, chili powder, cayenne, and salt to create a robust crust on the outside of the steak.

We didn’t forget about the sweet tooth bunch; coffee also works its magic on the sweetest desserts. Combine hot caramel with chocolate-covered espresso beans and popcorn to enjoy our salty and sweet Kahlúa and espresso bean caramel corn.

Adding coffee to perk up your favorite recipes may seem like uncharted territory, so remember these tips before diving in. For starters, most coffees pair well with cloves, cinnamon, allspice, garlic, salt, and citrus. Secondly, warming coffee beans in a pan before grinding enhances the flavor. Last but not least, if you are using coffee in a recipe that is not going to be cooked, like a sauce or syrup, use brewed coffee to avoid the grainy texture of ground coffee beans.

Everyone wins. Coffee can be drunk straight up by the morning coffee lovers, but this bean also responds well to all kinds of culinary experimentation. Try using coffee in your next stew or short rib rub.

Chicken Wings with Thai-Inspired Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Looking for wings that pack a punch — you’ve found them. Chiles and lime are at the forefront, but the honey and coffee in the marinade mellow the flavors.

Cedar Grilled Flat Iron Steaks with Coffee Rub

Bring on the rub: sugar, coffee, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. For dinner, you’ll enjoy a steak that owes its succulence to coffee — it acts as a tenderizing agent and adds bold flavor.