Our attachment to coffee is as strong as a double espresso. So why limit its delights to the cup? The beloved bean's toasty, robust taste also works wonders in hearty sauces, spice rubs, marinades, chilies and more. Your dinner likely won't be caffeinated enough to keep you awake, but that doesn't mean the flavor won't rouse your appetite.

Illustration: Lauren Tamaki

1. Use brewed coffee in stews or sauces. Grounds, which tend to stay grainy, work better in marinades and rubs.

2. Replace half of your banana smoothie liquid with cold brew coffee for a rich morning buzz.

3. Coffee stays freshest when stored in a cool, dark, dry place (like your pantry) in an opaque, airtight container.

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4. Try dissolving a teaspoon of espresso powder into your brownie batter (or other chocolaty treat) to supercharge the chocolate flavor.

Ready to try cooking with coffee? Try these recipes.

Photo: Mike Garten

Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Enchiladas with Mole

Photo: Mike Garten

Coffee- and Spice-Dusted Drumsticks with Wilted Watercress


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