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Coffee and Cooking: Why You Should Start Cooking With Coffee

Coffee is one of the most common necessities you'll find in every household. Most people start their day by having a cup of joe before heading out of their homes. Although coffee serves as a fantastic drink in itself, you should know that there are other ways to incorporate coffee in your life, such as cooking.

Because coffee has rich and full tasting notes, it can add so much depth to the flavors of your food. This palate-pleasing ingredient adds unique, complex layers of tastes to different dishes with meat, poultry, and even stews. Besides giving your dishes an explosion of flavors, coffee also gives mental and health benefits that are perfect for your body and well-being. 

So before you ditch your left-over coffee grounds from your coffee pods in the waste bin or pour your extra brew in the sink, think twice; you can make an amazing dish out of that. In this article, we'll be sharing with you why you should start cooking with coffee. If you're ready, pour another cup of coffee, and let's get to it!


Awesome for rubs and marinades

You probably had moments where you don't know what to do with your used coffee grounds. After brewing coffee, set aside your coffee grounds and use them as rubs and marinade for your protein dishes. 

The dark and rich flavors of coffee complement the smokiness of baby back ribs and other grilled meat. Adding a bit of spice to the rub will give you an additional layer of complexity as well. 


Enhances positivity

The components found in coffee are known to increase levels of happiness and positivity. This is why it's perfect to have a cup of your best coffee in the morning. 

When you add coffee to your dishes, the caffeine sends signals to your brain that give you a more positive outlook and reduce stress levels and depression rates. 


Rich in antioxidants 

One of the reasons coffee is an excellent ingredient in dishes is because it is rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants can prevent and reduce the risk of health conditions, such as diabetes and some cancers. These factors are significant for your body and improve the functions of your major organs and immune system. 


Aids in weight loss

Another great thing about coffee is that it helps burn excess fat found in your body, ultimately helping with weight loss. Coffee has caffeine, which stimulates and increases your metabolism, and with that, burns excess fat rapidly. 

In addition, coffee also gives you a sufficient amount of energy to help you get through intense workouts, making you burn more calories and help you lose more weight.


Improves mental capacity

Another reason you should add coffee to your dishes is that it boosts the performance of your brain. Mental capacity is incredibly important to help you function throughout the day, especially when it comes to vigilance, learning, and memory. 

Now that you know some of the benefits you get from incorporating coffee into your dishes, today is the perfect day to head out to the grocery and try making a coffee-infused dish for dinner.


Roast Chicken With Coffee Spice Rub


What you'll need:

  • Dark Espresso Coffee Rub or the extra coffee grounds you get from coffee pods (add spices)
  • 1 large whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups green peas
  • 3 large thinly sliced green chili
  • 1 thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind

What to do:
  1. While you preheat the oven to 425 degrees, marinate your chicken with the coffee rub and butter for 20 minutes.
  2. Place chicken with lemon, onions, chilies, beans, and peas in the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden. 
  3. Once it's done, sprinkle some salt and pepper and serve with your choice of salad. 

Conclusion

Now that you know that coffee can also be a part of your dish's ingredients, start saving your excess coffee grounds and coffee pods for your next barbeque. You'll impress your guests with your mouthwatering coffee rub while giving them heaps of health benefits!

Are you looking for delicious coffee rubs? Cafe Joe USA is a coffee company that produces high-quality coffee products, such as coffee rubs, coffee snacks, and Nespresso and Keurig-compatible coffee capsules. Check out our products and place some orders today!

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