Five Delicious Ways To Use Coffee In Food

If you're like many coffee aficionados, you can't get enough of the stuff. You're in luck because there are plenty of ways to enjoy the flavor of your favorite beverage in a wide range of foods. Following are just five of the many delicious ways to use Columbian whole-bean coffee in food:

Add Coffee to Sauces and Marinades

Coffee can add a rich, deep flavor to sauces and marinades for meats such as beef, pork, and lamb. Start with a small amount of coffee and gradually increase it to your desired level of flavor. If using brewed coffee, be sure to let it cool before adding it to the sauce or marinade. 

Use Coffee to Enhance Chocolate Desserts

Coffee can enhance the flavor of chocolate and can be used in chocolate desserts such as cakes, brownies, and truffles. Different types of coffee, such as espresso or dark roast, can add different flavors to your desserts. 

Infuse Coffee Into Whipped Cream

Whipping heavy cream with a small amount of coffee powder or coffee extract can create a delicious and unique flavored whipped cream. If you're adding it to homemade whipped cream, wait to add the coffee until the process is almost finished. For best results, use coffee that has been thoroughly chilled. Coffee can also be added to homemade ice cream. Wait until the ice cream has been churned and stir it in before placing it in the freezer. 

Add Coffee to Barbecue Rubs

Begin by grinding the coffee beans to a fine powder using a coffee grinder or a spice grinder. Mix the ground coffee with other dry rub ingredients such as salt, pepper, paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder. You can use a pre-made barbecue rub mix or create your own blend of spices. Keeping it in an airtight bag in the freezer will help it last longer. 

Make Coffee-infused Syrups

Combine coffee with sugar and water to create a coffee-flavored syrup for use in drinks or as a topping for desserts. This will be easy for you if you've ever made simple syrup on the stovetop before. Just add equal amounts of sugar and coffee to a saucepan, cover with a small amount of water, and bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids, transfer it to a container, and allow it to cool to room temperature.