Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy coffee. For this post, we were inspired by Löfbergs’ coffee grounds from our Sweden Box this summer. From baking desserts to marinating meat, coffee is a versatile ingredient that adds a delicious, deep flavor to everything it goes into.
12. Bake into a dessert
From cakes to brownies, coffee grounds can deepen the flavor of almost any baked treat. It’s especially good with chocolate, so look for chocolate-based recipes and add a pinch!
11. Mix into a meat rub
Try incorporating coffee grounds into your favorite meat rub. You can use it with lamb, beef, or pork.
10. Garnish a risotto
Sprinkle a pinch of coffee grounds onto risotto just before serving to add a deep, earthy flavor. The contrast is surprisingly delicious!
9. Flavor ice cream
Make your own coffee ice cream by adding coffee grounds to a pint of vanilla. Wait until the ice cream is slightly softened, then whisk in some of the powdered grounds until the mixture is homogenous.
8. Beat into whipped cream
To make coffee-flavored whipped cream, beat heavy whipping cream just until soft peaks form, then add coffee grounds, and continue to beat until stiff. It’s very good on top of any chocolate dessert.
7. Roll into truffles
Instead of rolling homemade truffles into cocoa powder, roll them into coffee grounds. Coffee is a perfect compliment to the rich flavors of the truffle, and it adds a bit of energy!
6. Add to a marinade
Marinating meat adds flavor, but it also tenderizes with almost no effort. Coffee is a wonderful addition. We like to mix coffee grounds with a combination of olive oil, herbs, and spices.
5. Make Southern red-eyed gravy
A Southern classic, red-eyed gravy is traditionally made with leftover coffee (instead of milk). Whisk together equal parts bacon fat and flour in a skillet over moderate heat, add brewed coffee to deglaze, and stir until thickened. Serve with breakfast fixings such as bacon, toast, and eggs.
4. Serve a mocha drink
Half coffee and half hot chocolate, mochas are easy to love. To make a cup, whisk some coffee with milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat until it’s hot and all mixed together.
3. Use for tiramisu
Everyone knows this Italian classic is delicious. It’s with ladyfinger cookies that are soaked in coffee. Fresh berries can make for a delicious addition as well.
2. Prepare an affogato
To make this simple Italian dessert, pour a cup of hot coffee over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s as simple as that!
1. Make braised short ribs
Short ribs are exceptional with the addition of coffee in their braising liquid. Try making one with red wine, tomato, and coffee.