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February 13, 2015
Coffee Rub Recipe

Premium coffee beans can be used for a lot of things these days. You can keep a bag in your refrigerator to keep things fresh, pile them in your garden to prevent slugs and snails, or even suck on them to freshen your breath.

More recently, food enthusiasts, including celebrity chef Bobby Flay have started to create rubs for meat with fresh ground coffee beans. Premium coffee rubs are a great alternative to meat marinades because it reduces the amount of sodium and extra calories while not compromising smoky flavors.

Here is one of our favorite coffee rub recipes, that we are sure won’t disappoint.

Coffee Rub Recipe (serves 4)


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/3 cup finely ground premium coffee (or ¼ cup of espresso for bolder flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (Spanish paprika preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 rib eye steaks (or other steaks) 


  1. Mix all spices together in a bowl.
  2. Brush steaks on both sides with olive oil.
  3. Rub all sides with the spice mixture.
  4. Let steaks stand out of refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  5. Preheat BBQ grill to high.
  6. Cook steaks directly on grill for 2 minutes, flip and rotate 1/4 turn. Repeat three more times until steaks have been cooking for 8 minutes total, 4 on each side. The rotation will leave nice grill marks on the steaks.
  7. Move steaks to upper rack of grill, reduce heat to medium, and close lid.
  8. Continue cooking, flipping every few minutes, until desired doneness is reached. I find 1 1/2 inch thick steaks generally take 16-18 minutes of total cooking time to reach Medium rareness.
  9. Let it sit for 5 minutes before cutting into it, so that the juice and flavors settle.
  10. Eat and Enjoy

Now that you see how easy it is to create a great meat rub, grab your favorite coffee — our curated k-cups are perfect for the occasion — and start cooking.