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Coffee lovers, rejoice: here are 17 delicious recipes that include the bean in some way.

    Coffee lovers, rejoice here are 17 delicious recipes that include the bean in some way.

    There are seventeen other uses for coffee than what you may expect from a single cup.

    Although I like the flavour and scent of a freshly brewed pot of coffee, I don’t drink it very frequently since the combination of caffeine and acidity isn’t how I want to start the day. I find that baking and cooking with coffee is a wonderful way to enjoy its roasted characteristics without the harshness that comes with drinking it black. Coffee may be included into a wide range of beverages, from morning milkshakes to cocktails inspired by the Irish coffee. Read on for 17 of our favourite coffee-based dishes, including tiramisu, coffee-rubbed ribs, a coffee cocktail with a Fernet twist, and more.


    1. Morning Hazelnut, Banana, and Coffee Shake

    Breakfast for me requires something more substantial than simply a cup of coffee. Bananas, hazelnuts, and milk give this smoothie substance, and the added caffeine gives me the morning boost I occasionally need. The drink gets its nutty taste from the hazelnuts, which also provide enough fat and protein to keep you full.

    2. Vicky Wasik

    Can’t decide between coffee and hot chocolate? If you want to combine them, why not do it? There’s not much to this recipe beyond combining the two beverages, but choosing the right chocolate may make a big difference (because coffee is very acidic, we prefer earthy Dutch process cocoa over more acidic natural cocoa).

    3. Horchata with Coffee and Cinnamon

    I spend a lot of my lunch hours in taquerias, and that means a lot of horchata. On a bad day, however, this is what I actually need—a sweet, cinnamon-scented horchata brewed with dark-roast coffee. After letting the rice, almonds, and ground coffee and cinnamon soak at room temperature overnight, we crush everything together.

    4. Just-Do-Ya: Coffee-Cinnamon Horchata Recipe (Hazelnut-Spiked Irish Coffee With Chocolate Whipped Cream)

    You’ve probably had an Irish coffee before, but whisky isn’t the only alcoholic beverage that goes well with a steaming mug of joe. The hazelnut flavour of Frangelico and the chocolate of cocoa whipped cream create a drink that tastes like Nutella. The chocolate taste in the whipped cream is amplified by the addition of a pinch of kosher salt.

    5. Everything Nice (Spiced-Rum Coffee With Butterscotch Whipped Cream)

    We find that the sugarcane sweetness of spiced rum goes well with our morning coffee, balancing out the bitterness of the coffee. Butterscotch whipped cream, created with malted milk powder and brown sugar (believe us, it’s lot simpler than preparing true butterscotch), is the cherry on top of this variant on Irish coffee.

    6. Don’t Leave Me in the Dark, Please (Fernet-Spiked Irish Coffee With Lemon Cream)

    This minty take on Irish coffee with Fernet Branca is the most out-there of our variations. The bitter aperitif Fernet becomes considerably more powerful when added to a cup of coffee, so this is only for true fans of the spirit. Instead of a balancing garnish, we go for broke and top each serving with a dollop of tangy lemon whipped cream.

    7. Lizz Schumer

    Coffee’s aggressive side is brought out in this cocktail with the help of bitter Amaro Abano and rousing rye whisky. To tone it down just a bit we smooth it out with apple brandy, demerara syrup, and whipped cream.


    1. Rich and Creamy Tiramisu

    Although ladyfingers, mascarpone, alcohol, espresso, and cocoa are nearly universal in tiramisu recipes, other specifics can vary widely. To lighten the filling, we use whole eggs instead of egg yolks and replace the usual Marsala with a mixture of crème de cacao and Cardamaro. Use homemade ladyfingers for the creamiest, most delicious tiramisu.

    2. Bold and Bracing Coffee Ice Cream

    This is one of two coffee ice cream recipes we offer, and it features strongly flavoured coffee. For a quart of ice cream, we use 5 tablespoons of ground coffee and only 1.5 cups of cream, resulting in a rich coffee flavour with a noticeable (but not overpowering) bitterness.

    3. Coffee-flavored ice cream that’s both milky and subtle.

    This ice cream is made with two cups of cream and two tablespoons of ground coffee, so if you prefer your coffee with milk and sugar, you might like it. However, in comparison to the original recipe, we reduce the amount of sugar because we don’t want it to overpower the coffee’s natural taste.

    3. Vegan Chocolate Coffee Muffins and Milky and Mild Coffee Ice Cream

    Coffee and chocolate complement each other well because of their complementary flavours. In this recipe, both freshly brewed coffee and espresso powder are used to enhance the (vegan) chocolate. Warning: the opulence of these muffins borders on cupcake proportions.

    4. Double-Chocolate Cream Pie

    Coffee can really bring out the flavour of chocolate, and you can taste it in our double cream pie. Half a teaspoon of espresso powder is used in the filling, which isn’t enough to give it a coffee flavour but is noticeable enough to be missed. We use dark chocolate with a cocoa solids content of 72% and cocoa powder produced using the Dutch process.

    Savory Dishes

    1. Rich and Flavorful Guinness Beef Stew With Potatoes

    While the idea of a Guinness stew is fantastic, in practise, the subtle flavour of the beer is largely lost after several hours in the oven. You could simply substitute a stronger stout, but if you’re set on using Guinness, you can boost its roasted flavours by stirring in some coffee or chocolate.

    2. Steak marinated in cocoa and coffee, perfect for the grill

    While the combination of strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate may sound like an intimidating marinade, the addition of brown sugar mellows out the flavour considerably. Both add depth to the charred flavour of the grilled steak thanks to their subtle bitterness. We add just a touch of chilli powder to the marinade, but more can be added if desired.

    3. Oven-Baked Espresso-, Cocoa-, and Chili-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

    Grilling is out of the question because of the chill. These baby back ribs don’t require grilling, but they still have the same coffee, chocolate, and chilli flavours as the previous recipe. Infusing the meat with beer halfway through cooking amps up the flavour, and a brown sugar rub at the end creates a dark crust on the ribs.

    4. Coffee-Ginger Barbecue Sauce

    An easy barbecue sauce, we start with ketchup and add strong coffee, some chocolate, and lots of ginger. However, vinegar is rarely added because the acidity in other ingredients like ketchup, coffee, chocolate, and Worcestershire sauce is usually sufficient.

    5. This Chili Is The Best I’ve Ever Had.

    Our best chilli ever has hints of coffee and chocolate from the dried chilies, so it only makes sense to add more coffee and chocolate to bring out those notes. In order to make the stew taste more meaty, we add our favourite flavour enhancers, including Marmite, soy sauce, and anchovies.

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