By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern
Your morning cup of Joe isn’t just there to wake you up anymore! Using coffee as an ingredient in dishes is becoming more and more popular in the cooking world today. There are some dishes we may be familiar with that use coffee as an ingredient, like Tiramisu; but have you heard of coffee being used as a rub on meats, and even as a flavoring for cookies?
Coffee Lovers Rejoice
According to Harvard’s School of Public Health, ‘Americans drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee per day’, so it’s no surprise that coffee is becoming a popular ingredient and flavor in many foods.
In the summer of 2016, Today.com ran a Twitter poll to find out what each state’s favorite ice cream flavor was. 18 states, including Arizona, said ‘coffee’ was their favorite flavor of the cold treat.
If you are a coffee lover or want to try your hand at cooking with coffee, I’ve shared some of my favorite recipes that include it:
- Coffee Rubbed Rib-Eye
- Easy Coffee Pudding
- Chocolate Coffee Cookies
- Coffee and Cola Pork Loin
- Black Coffee Chocolate Cake
- Coffee Ice Cream
- Coffee Jell-O
Why Use Coffee?
Not only is the flavor of coffee well loved, it pairs well with an array of different flavors and textures. Coffee is also a fairly healthy ingredient, so many people have started using it as a healthier and tastier option.
According to WebMD, coffee consumption can possibly lessen the likelihood of having type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.
Coffee is also low in calories and has zero grams of fat.
Next time you want to add a little something extra to your meal, think coffee. For more recipes that include coffee, and blogs featuring everything you want to know about coffee, visit Fill Your Plate!
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