Cooking savoury dishes with coffee

If you’re a coffee lover and you like your food, why not try cooking with coffee beans – savoury dishes that is.

You’re probably familiar with all the yummy desserts coffee can be added to – coffee and banana cake, chocolate brownies, and coffee based tiramisu, but what about coffee and meat or coffee and black bean soup?

At first it doesn’t sound that appetizing but adding coffee to your cooking could give your food a warm winter kick. Still not convinced? Don’t just take our word for it – try some of these recipes and make your own mind up.

Black Coffee Bean Soup


Olive oil, one pound of black beans, one large onion, one pepper, two pieces of celery, one jalapeno pepper, two-three cloves of garlic, one tablespoon of cumin, water, two cups of freshly brewed coffee, one bay leaf, a pinch of salt, a good helping of cream and rocket for a garnish.

Make the dish:

Let the black beans soak overnight, then boil for a few minutes and drain. Heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic and the rest of the vegetables until they’re cooked. Add the cumin, black beans and brewed coffee beans to the mix and boil gently. Cover the food and simmer for another 30 minutes and blend once cooked. The soup can be served with some yoghurt or stirred in cream and rocket.

Beef and Coffee Bean Winter Stew


Olive oil, one and a half pounds of beef, one large onion, two garlic cloves, two peppers, flour, a good splash of white wine, five tablespoons of freshly brewed coffee, salt, fresh thyme and few bay leaves.

Make the dish:

Start by heating the oil, and then add the beef until brown. Now take the meat out of the pan and cook the onion, garlic and peppers. After a few minutes add the flour, white wine and freshly brewed coffee beans and continue to stir. Now put the beef back into the pan, add some salt, pepper, fresh thyme and bay leaves and simmer until cooked. Serve with dumplings and green beans for a hearty English winter meal.