On my recent trip to Paris for another Food and Taster convention (Conférence sur la gastronomie et la dégustation), I found myself hankering for something I could really sink my teeth into. I can’t speak French at all, but I was able to chat with a few fellow conference-goers about my love of coffee and how I enjoy it as a spice as well. They all started talking loudly about this café and that bistro over there. Saying that using coffee as a spice has become more and more popular, but it’s not new, and so they gave me some really good (old) places to go for a delicious steak.
Imagine strolling along the Seine River in Paris, where the city's romance and culinary artistry come together. In a charming bistro tucked away in a quiet corner, you encounter the perfect blend of French sophistication and coffee-infused delight. The chef, with a twinkle in their eye, reveals the secret to a gourmet experience: coffee-rubbed steak.
You're presented with a masterpiece—a perfectly grilled steak with a crust of finely ground coffee, giving it a unique texture and flavor. The richness of the coffee complements the tender meat, creating a symphony of tastes on your palate. As you savor each bite in the City of Love, you realize that this unexpected marriage of coffee and steak is a culinary love story that transcends borders.
At home, of course I use Cafe France for this Parisian delight.
Brewed Elegance Coffee-Rubbed Steak
- 2 ribeye steaks
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Olive oil
- Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, mix the ground coffee, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and garlic powder to create the rub.
- Rub the coffee mixture over both sides of each steak, pressing it in gently.
- Drizzle the steaks with olive oil.
- Grill the steaks to your desired doneness, about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
- Allow the steaks to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoy and let me know what you think of this recipe!