Not everyone knows just how beneficial coffee is to the body, but we’ll be happy to educate you! Most folks think the beverage is simply a waker-upper. The caffeine makes the mind alert, the eyes open wide and the body skip along. Actually, the dark water contains B-Vitamins, manganese, potassium, magnesium, niacin and a couple other nutrients. It comes from nature, after all, so it has to have some natural goodness. In addition to nudging the metabolism into action, the brew might prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. However, one of the most fun coffee benefits/advantages is recycling the brew in delicious recipes.

Alton Brown’s Molasses and Coffee Pork Chops

The Food Network’s Alton Brown brings us an amazing way to recycle leftover coffee. You’ll need:

One cup of coffee, cooled

One-half cup molasses

Two tablespoons apple cider vinegar

One tablespoon Dijon mustard

Two cloves minced garlic

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

One-half teaspoon ground ginger

Six to eight sprigs fresh thyme

Four good sized pork chops, bone in

Combine all the ingredients in a bag and shake it to coat the chops. Let marinate in the fridge for at least two hours if not overnight. Pre-heat the grill to medium or set the oven on 350 degrees to preheat. While the grill or oven is pre-heating, pour the marinade into a small pan and reduce to about one-half cup. Cook the pork chops until done. Let stand for a couple minutes, and then serve with the glaze.

What’s dinner without dessert? Another cool way to recycle leftover coffee, aside from making iced coffee from it, is to make dessert. Here’s how to make coffee pudding:

One-half cup white sugar

Three tablespoons flour

One-quarter teaspoon salt

One and one-half teaspoons vanilla extract

Two and one-half cups coffee

Keeping out the vanilla, mix all the ingredients into a two-quart sauce pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir constantly until pudding thickens. When it thickens, add the vanilla and stir for a couple more minutes. Pour into dessert cups and chill.

None of coffee’s benefits and advantages is lost in these recipes, and they give a real taste treat to your guests and family. Green Dragon Roasters have been in the business of getting coffee beans right off the bush for many years. We know how the bean can smell fruity or earthy when it is brewed. Imagine how your recipes will smell and taste with these added aromas! Feel free to contact us for more cool facts about coffee beans.

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