A very unusual tea party that took place in Boston forever shaped the drink preferences of the United States. Since 1773, coffee has been a symbol of America and the patriotism of the people that make up the nation.
Our country practically runs off the dark brown brew, with more than 400 million cups being consumed every single day within our borders.
Such heavy proliferation of any food item opens it up to all sorts of concoctions and experimentation. More than $400 billion of coffee each year is imported: something has to be done with all those beans.
Here are some creative ways to kick your meals up a notch by using coffee in your recipes.
If you’re thinking coffee has no place in a salad, then you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. However, coffee can be used as a powerful tool to bring out interesting flavors in an otherwise standard dressing recipe.
You can start from scratch if you want complete control over the final product, or you can add a few tablespoons to a store-bought balsamic. MCT oils like Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil (you can read reviews at Ketogenic Supplement Reviews) can be used in your recipe for an extra boost and long-lasting energy.
BBQ Dry Rub
Anyone that has ever tasted a mouth full of coffee grounds is probably surprised by this suggestion, but your apprehensions are not warranted in this case. Contrary to what you may think, meat dry-rubbed with coffee will not impart a bitter flavor on your protein. A medium grind coffee mixed with traditional dry rub ingredients can add a rich, earthy flavor to your meat.
Mixed ahead of time and kept in a dry place, coffee rub can last a very long time and be ready whenever you are. If you’re looking for something different in your rub recipe, then consider adding a dash of coffee for something new.
Were used to seeing brightly-colored gelatin boxes in every shade of the rainbow when browsing the aisles of our local grocery stores. We may soon see a brown box joining in with all the brighter colors.
All but forgotten by the West, Coffee Jelly is widely available in Japan  and is making its way back across the Pacific. The recipe for coffee jelly is simple: just replace water and flavors with coffee or Kahlua (for a little kick). If you’re a fan of iced coffee, then you’ll love the refreshing taste of gelatin made with java.
If you tend to avoid processed breakfast cereals in lieu of something more nutritious, then you may already be making your own morning granola. If you drink a cup of coffee with your breakfast, you may be able to skip a step by mixing coffee into your meal.
Granola baked with coffee grounds can add a wonderful flavor and aroma to your standard fare, with a little extra-added energy boost to complement the oats and sugars. If you love the taste of coffee, then you really cannot go wrong by adding it to your breakfast staple.
Coffee doesn’t have to be used only as a drink mix: it can be eaten as well. The complex body of roasted coffee is a culinary marvel that should be taken advantage of to the fullest. There are many ways to introduce coffee into your cooking, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
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