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Why Make Dry Rub with Coffee

When creating a rub, most people wouldn’t think of adding coffee to the mix, but we’re here to tell you that’s a big mistake. The flavor profile of ground coffee amplifies the flavor of meat, helping to create an awesome dinner. This is because of tannins, these magical chemical compounds naturally found in coffee (as well as tea, wine, chocolate, and more). Coffee rubbed steak (and coffee rub in general) is more tender, because the coffee creates a sealed crust of flavor.  Giving your bbq a massage of spices that are a little bit smoky, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of rock ‘n roll is nothing short of yummy, and it results in an awesome dinner!  Here are a few recipes that will make you a believer. 


piece of bbq steak with a coffee rub made from tayst coffee

Kick it up a notch with this coffee rubbed steak. A simple and elegant way to prepare any steak, the coffee rub is easy to make with only 8 ingredients.


  • 1 lb grass-fed skirt, flank or flat iron steak
  • 1 Tayst Compostable Pod*, we recommend the Bold & Brilliant here
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar 
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper


Combine all seasoning ingredients in a bowl and mix together.   

Generously sprinkle the steak all over all sides with the dry rub with coffee and gently massage it in. Let steak stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, prepare a grill for direct cooking over high heat.

Cook steak directly over the flame, flipping halfway through cooking until well browned. 

About 3 minutes per side to cook a thin skirt steak medium-rare. 

Adjust cooking time accordingly depending on the thickness of your steak and desired doneness.  

Transfer steak to a carving board and let rest for at least 5 minutes. 

Slice the steak across the grain and serve.



This BBQ coffee rub on chicken recipe uses a unique dry rub that mixes coffee grounds and cocoa powder. It makes for a smokey BBQ flavor.


  • 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp  chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp  pepper
  • 1 Tayst Compostable* Bold & Brazen Coffee Pod
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder


Add all of the rub ingredients into a resealable bag or a bowl and mix all the ingredients together.

Add the chicken breasts and press to coat. 

Let it sit, covered in the fridge, for at least an hour. 

Then preheat and oil the grill, add the chicken, and grill on medium heat for 9-12 minutes per side, or until juices run clear.



hamburger with a coffee rub made from tayst coffee

These coffee rub turkey burgers have earthy spices, ground coffee, and a hint of cocoa. They’re healthy, delicious, and easy to cook up for dinner any night of the week.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey, divided equally 4 ways and formed into patties
  • 1 Tayst Compostable* Medium & Magnificent Coffee Pod
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, finely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder


In a spice grinder, food processor, or using a mortar & pestle, combine all of the spices. (If you don’t have any of those tools, place the spices into a zip-top plastic bag and close the top. Use a rolling pin to crush and blend the spices together). 

Liberally apply the seasoning blend to both sides of each patty. 

Rub the spices in so that they will form a nice crust. 

Cook the burger over high heat on a grill, using proper food safety practices by cooking them until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 163 degrees for optimal safety.


Coffee adds a wonderful richness and earthy flavor that melds well with the smokiness picked up from the grill and is countered nicely by the sweet of the brown sugar in this delicious salmon recipe.


  • 4 salmon filets
  • Salt to coat the filets
  • 1 Tayst Compostable* Medium & Heroic Coffee Pod
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper


First, preheat the grill to high.  

Next, coat the salmon filets with coarse salt.  

Combine the rest of the ingredients other than the salt and salmon and sprinkle on the salmon and make sure to get the sides!  

Place the salmon on the grill skin side down and close the lid for 10 minutes.  

Plate the coffee filet, serve & enjoy!


pulled pork with a coffee rub made from tayst coffee

If you want to barbeque but don’t have access to a grill, we have you covered!  

This coffee-rubbed pork roast is cooked in a slow cooker for an extra tender texture and has a dip, rich, flavor thanks to a dry rub with coffee.


  • 3.5 lbs. Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder 
  • 1 Tayst Compostable* Defiantly Decaf Coffee Pod
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt 
  • 15-20 cranks cracked black pepper 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 


First, combine the coffee grounds, brown sugar, cayenne, salt, black pepper, garlic, and smoked paprika in a bowl. 

Pat at the mixed dry rub on all sides of the pork roast. 

Place the pork roast in a slow cooker. 

Scoop up any of the rub that fell off and toss it in the slow cooker as well. 

Secure the lid, turn the heat on to low, and let cook for 8 hours.  

After 8 hours, the pork should be tender and should shred easily with a fork.

 Carefully lift the roast out of the slow cooker and transfer it to a serving platter.


What do you Need to Make a Perfect Coffee Rubbed Steak (or any Dry Rub with Coffee)?

The single most important ingredient of all of these recipes is high-quality, freshly roasted, and freshly ground coffee beans. Tayst coffee is roasted fresh and sent to your door in compostable pods* that provide rich nutrients back into the planet... and so goes the circle of life. What BBQ coffee rub are you planning on using this summer? We would love to hear about it, message us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your delicious coffee-rubbed barbecue.