How To Use Coffee In Your Cooking

Coffee grounds
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If you drink freshly brewed coffee each morning, it can feel like a waste to sling the grounds into the bin or compost. In fact, these can be used to create interesting flavors and textures in a range of dishes—just check out these recipes to get inspired.

Coffee Rubbed Pork Shoulder


  • 1 pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup of fine coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup of beef broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp oil


In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients apart from the pork shoulder. Mix well, until you have a paste. Rub this paste all of the pork shoulder, and then roast in the oven until the meat is cooked through. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Coffee Ground Cookies


  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips


Rub the butter and sugar together, sift in the flour and baking powder and rub again until you have a smooth dough. Stir in the coffee grounds, salt, and chocolate chips, whisk in the egg. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, roll out and cut into cookies, bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

Coffee Grounds Chocolate Sauce


  • 1 cup of dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 2/3 cup of butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream


In a pan, melt the chocolate. In a separate pan, melt the butter and add the maple syrup and coffee grounds. Add the chocolate to this pan, heat through and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and add the cream, serve over pancakes, waffles, or a chocolate cake.

Coffee grounds are a versatile ingredient that can work in sweet and savory food. Try out one of these recipes, or experiment with your own, and you’ll soon be hooked on using coffee in all of your cooking!