10 Meals Made With Coffee That Prove Java Is The Best Secret Ingredient

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We all think we know a good coffee recipe when we see one, whether we're drinking it in the form of a pumpkin spice latte, or mixing it into our desserts for an extra sweet boost of caffeine. We certainly never shy away from our love of coffee, because obviously coffee makes everything better (it's pretty much better than people, if we’re being honest here). But what you may not know is that coffee could probably make whatever you’re eating right now better, too.

That’s right. When it comes to adding that final, secret ingredient, coffee is incredibly versatile. It mixes well with many different types of food (did you know that coffee itself comes from fruit?). It obviously pairs deliciously with anything sweet, but don't confine yourself to just using your java in desserts. Whether you're whipping up brunch, lunch, dinner, or a snack, make the most of your coffee beans and get creative — your tastebuds will be in for a wild ride.

These 10 foods become instantly more satisfying when made with coffee or espresso, and we can almost guarantee you never thought of putting java in them in the first place. Whether you're looking to indulge an ever-present sweet tooth, or you want to add a buzz-worthy twist to your main course, these recipes will get you your coffee fix while also giving you an unexpected dose of deliciousness. So pour yourself a cup, and get ready to cook.

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