Best Coffee Rubbed Steak Recipe: What Does Coffee Do to Meat?

If you thought your filet mignon only paired well with a robust cabernet sauvignon, think again. Most wine sommeliers agree that the right coffee rub for steak has a comparable effect on meat as would wine.

The reason wine professionals and enthusiasts pair their wines with a perfect cut of meat is because of the acidity. The high tannin concentrations in bold reds allows your palate to ‘cleanse’ the inside of your mouth to truly enjoy the fatty richness of your steak. What most foodies overlook is that coffee grounds can have the same effect.

Coffee grounds can be used as rub for almost any cut of meat. The acidity levels of coffee replicate tannins in wine, which allow amplification of flavor. But it doesn’t stop there. Coffee rub on steak can also act as a tenderizer, making meat softer and enhancing the moisture of the meat by creating a sealed crust of flavor.

Still not convinced? Try for yourself! Below is a recipe shared by Rachel Drake of Orlando, Florida. She loved our medium roast coffee so much, she decided to make the best coffee rubbed steak recipe.


  • Home grinder
  • Canola oil
  • Koffee Kult Medium Roast Coffee
  • Favorite cut of steak
    • Rachel used an 8-oz. filet mignon
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Oven

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Use your home grinder to make the medium roast coffee beans into grounds, whatever your consistency preference.
  • Coat the meat lightly with canola oil, then lightly rub the steak with the fresh coffee grounds. Ensure that you have placed an even coat throughout the steak.
  • Heat your cast iron skillet on high with canola oil.
  • Sear the steak for one minute on each side to create a sealed crust.
  • Transfer the skillet and steak to oven for 10 minutes to bake.
    • This will yield in a MEDIUM temperature, please add or remove time in the oven to make the steak result in your preferred temperature.
  • Remove steak from oven and let it rest, uncut, for five to ten minutes.
  • Bon Appetit!

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