Delicious Espresso Steak Rub Recipe for Meat Lovers

Welcome to the world of espresso steak rub! As a barista, I have always been passionate about coffee and I can tell you this – adding espresso to your steak rub is a total game-changer. Coffee may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of meat, but trust me, when it comes to steak, it’s a perfect match. The richness of espresso, blended with garlic, pepper, brown sugar and ancho chili bring out bold flavors from your steak.

With this recipe, you can enjoy the richness of espresso in a totally different way. The powder gets incorporated into a dry rub along with other spices which bring boldness and depth to your steak. It’s easy to make and it only takes a few minutes. You probably already have all the ingredients you need at home.

Once you try this espresso steak rub, you won’t go back to any ordinary seasoning blends. It’s perfect for anyone who loves coffee and those who are tired of the same old steak recipe. Not convinced yet? Let me show you why you will love this espresso steak rub recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Steak Rub
Espresso Steak Rub

Imagine the richness of espresso blended with the bold flavors of garlic and ancho chili, combined to make a savory rub that will leave your taste buds craving for more. That’s exactly what you can expect from this delightful Espresso Steak Rub Recipe.

What makes this recipe so special is the use of finely ground espresso coffee beans, which adds a uniquely rich flavor to the spice rub. The aroma of coffee and ancho chili powder simply fills the air as the toasted steak rub envelops your senses. Trust me; it’s a combination you won’t forget in a hurry.

This delicious coffee-rubbed steak is perfect on ribeye steaks, flank steak or filet mignon, grilled to perfection over an open flame. It’s not difficult to prepare, and its flavors will delight both meat lovers and non-meat eaters alike. Even the popular celebrity chef Bobby Flay endorses this recipe.

So, if you’re looking for something new and exciting to spice up your next dinner party or family barbecue, look no further than this fantastic Espresso Steak Rub Recipe. You’ll be glad you did!

Ingredient List

 The perfect rub for coffee and meat lovers!
The perfect rub for coffee and meat lovers!

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need to make this Espresso Steak Rub Recipe:

Dry Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons finely ground espresso coffee
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 4 beef ribeye steaks or beef flank steak
  • Optional: Chimichurri sauce for serving

You can find all these ingredients at your local grocery store. Make sure to get high-quality espresso beans with a robust flavor. The espresso-blended garlic pepper, dark brown sugar, and ancho chili are the bold and dynamic spices that adhere the meat to max pleasure.

The Recipe How-To

 Coffee and steak, a match made in heaven.
Coffee and steak, a match made in heaven.

Step 1: Mix the coffee rub ingredients

First, it’s important to mix all the coffee rub ingredients together in a small bowl. You’ll need 2 tablespoons of finely ground espresso powder, 1 teaspoon of ancho chili powder, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, and smoked paprika, and a pinch of black pepper.

Step 2: Rub the steak

Then, take your favorite cut of steak – this coffee rub pairs well with ribeye steaks, flank steak or even filet mignon – and pat it dry with a paper towel. Be sure to let the steak sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before seasoning it so that it cooks evenly. Take about 4 tbs of the coffee rub and generously coat both sides of the steak, using your hands to firmly massage it in.

Step 3: Let the coffee rubbed steak sit

After you apply the coffee rub, let the steak sit for an additional 20 minutes to allow the flavors to intensify. If you prefer your steak rare or medium-rare, take it out of the fridge approximately an hour before cooking it.

Step 4: Cook the steak

When it’s time to cook the coffee-rubbed steak, you can either prepare it using your grill or stove. For grilling, heat your grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat. For stove-top cooking, heat up a cast-iron skillet over high heat until hot. Add some oil to your pan so that it doesn’t stick and then add the steak. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on one side until a crust forms; flip it over and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes depending on how thick your steak is and how well done you like it.

Step 5: Let the coffee rubbed steak rest

Right after cooking, it’s important to let the steak rest on a cutting board for about 5-10 minutes (letting it rest for at least half of the total cooking time). This step ensures that the juices redistribute evenly throughout the meat and you’ll end up with a more juicy steak. Once rested, cut against the grain and enjoy your delicious coffee-rubbed steak!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who said coffee is just for drinking?
Who said coffee is just for drinking?

If you’re looking to put your own spin on the espresso steak rub, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Swap out the ancho chili powder for another type of chili powder, or omit it altogether if you prefer less spice.

– Use smoked paprika instead of Spanish paprika for a smokier flavor profile.

– Try adding some finely chopped fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to the rub mixture.

– For a sweeter twist, substitute coconut sugar or maple sugar for the brown sugar in the recipe.

– Experiment with different cuts of meat – this rub works well on flank steak, filet mignon or even ribs!

– If you don’t have espresso powder on hand, try using finely ground coffee beans instead. You may need to adjust the amount based on your personal taste preference.

– If you find the rub to be too salty, reduce the amount of kosher salt called for in the recipe.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose, be sure to taste test as you go and adjust seasoning as needed. And always remember to enjoy the bold richness that comes with an espresso blended garlic and pepper brown dry rub!

Serving and Pairing

 Give your steak a caffeine boost with this rub.
Give your steak a caffeine boost with this rub.

Now that you’ve got the perfect coffee-rubbed steak on your plate, let’s talk about some delicious sides and drink pairings to elevate your dining experience.

For sides, consider something fresh and crisp to balance out the rich flavors of the steak. Green beans or asparagus roasted with garlic and lemon are a great option, or a simple mixed greens salad with a vinaigrette dressing. For something more substantial, try mashed sweet potatoes or roasted root vegetables like carrots and parsnips.

When it comes to pairing wine with coffee-rubbed steak, reach for something bold and full-bodied like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah to complement the richness of the dish. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, a spicy Zinfandel can also be a great choice to add some extra depth of flavor. If you prefer beer over wine, opt for a dark and malty porter or stout which can also enhance the flavors of the rub.

If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic to drink alongside your coffee-rubbed steak, a classic cola or root beer can be refreshing while complementing the deep and savory flavors in the dish.

Overall, serving and pairing your coffee-rubbed steak with the right sides and drinks can really take your meal to the next level!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Espresso your love for steak with this recipe.
Espresso your love for steak with this recipe.

The great thing about this espresso steak rub recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. Once you have mixed together all the ingredients in a small bowl, simply store the rub in an airtight container until ready to use. This way, when you are short on time, all you need to do is season your steak with the mix and cook it up!

When storing the rub, make sure to keep it in a cool, dry place. It can be stored for up to six months so you can have a supply of this delicious blend on hand whenever you need it.

If you find yourself with leftover coffee-rubbed steak, storing and reheating it is easy. Simply wrap the steak tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator. To reheat, place it on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and warm it up in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350°F.

Alternatively, if you’re short on time, you can reheat the steak in the microwave by placing it on a microwave-safe plate and reheating at medium power for 1-2 minute intervals until warm.

While reheating will never quite match the same level of freshness as freshly cooked steak, this method will help retain flavor and texture so you can continue enjoying your coffee rubbed steak even after it has been served once before.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The secret ingredient to an exceptional steak.
The secret ingredient to an exceptional steak.

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee requires a certain level of finesse and attention to detail. Similarly, creating the perfect espresso steak rub also demands meticulous preparation and technique. Here are some tips that will help you achieve outstanding results with your espresso steak rub recipe:

1. Use freshly ground coffee beans

Using fresh coffee beans creates a richer and more flavorful rub. It is important to grind the beans just before mixing them with the seasoning for optimal taste.

2. Watch your measurements

Accurately measuring each ingredient ensures that your rub has consistent flavor and balance. Precision when measuring spices such as ancho chili powder and garlic powder will make all the difference in terms of the final taste.

3. Add espresso powder last

To fully incorporate the bold flavor and aroma of espresso into your steak rub, add it last during the mixing process.

4. Don’t overdo it with salt

While salt is necessary to enhance the overall flavor profile of your rub, be careful not to overdo it. Too much salt can overwhelm the other flavors in your mixture.

5. Let your steak rest

After applying your espresso steak rub, let your steak rest for at least 15 minutes before grilling or roasting it. This allows the flavors to penetrate deeper into the meat for ultimate taste.

By following these tips, you can ensure that every batch of espresso steak is a savory delight that showcases the richness of espresso blended with other flavors to create a bold, delicious steak rub.


As a barista, I know that every recipe comes with questions and concerns. That’s why, in this section of the article, I will answer some frequently asked questions related to the espresso steak rub recipe. From substitutions to cooking time and storage, these queries will help you prepare your perfect coffee-rubbed steak. So let’s dive right into it!

What is espresso rub?

Indulge in the bold flavors of a steak rub that combines the richness of espresso with the heat of ancho chili powder, along with the added notes of garlic pepper and brown sugar. This combination creates a unique and flavorful experience with each bite of your steak.

What does espresso rubbed steak taste like?

Have you ever tried coffee-rubbed steak? Contrary to its name, this recipe won’t give your steak a strong coffee flavor. Instead, the coffee rub will infuse the meat with a mildly spiced and earthy taste.

What is an espresso rub good for?

For those who enjoy coffee or are curious about trying out new flavors, this Rub is a must-have. The combination of espresso and meat not only brings out the natural taste of the meat but also assists in making it tender while cooking. It’s definitely worth a try even if coffee isn’t your usual go-to beverage.

What does espresso do for meat?

Coffee’s acidity can mimic the effect of tannins in wine, which can enhance the flavor of meat and aid in protein breakdown. If used as a rub on steak, coffee can also act as a tenderizer, resulting in a moister and more flavorful dish due to a sealed crust created by the rub.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, espresso steak rub is an excellent option to add some rich flavors to your steak. This recipe is super easy to make and requires minimal ingredients most of which are already present in your kitchen. Coffee not only adds a bold and rich flavor to the steak but also brings out the sweet side of sugar and tangy taste of chili powder. Moreover, you can add or substitute ingredients according to your liking.

If you want to surprise your guests with a unique and flavorful dish, consider making coffee-rubbed steak. I highly recommend this recipe for anyone who wants to try something new or add a classic twist to their regular steak dinner. Trust me; once you try this recipe, you will crave it again and again. So, go on; gather the ingredients, get your steaks out of the fridge, and give this recipe a try tonight!

Espresso Steak Rub

Espresso Steak Rub Recipe

This rub in great on steak or any kind of beef.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 cup
Calories 29.5 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons espresso coffee, ground fine
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder


  • Mix all ingredients with a small wire whisk. Store in an airtight jar.
  • When you want to use it. oil all sides of steak with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with the steak rub and rub well into all sides of meat. Grill 5 minutes per side per inch of thickness for steak for rare. Longer for more doneness. Or brown in a skillet with oil on all sides for a roast, then bake in oven till done.

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Serving: 17gCalories: 29.5kcalCarbohydrates: 5.7gProtein: 0.9gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 621.8mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 2.7g
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