Brewed Elegance on the Seine: Exploring Parisian Culinary Charms with Coffee-Rubbed Steak for the Grill Master


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


  1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the ground coffee, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and garlic powder to create the rub.
  4. Rub the coffee mixture over both sides of each steak, pressing it in gently.
  5. Drizzle the steaks with olive oil.
  6. Grill the steaks to your desired doneness, about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  7. Allow the steaks to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoy and let me know what you think of this recipe!