I have been curious about using coffee as a crust for a while now and, while I normally enjoy drinking it, I was unsure how it would come out cooking with it. I opted to use it in a spicy mixture, so I decided to turn up the heat. The result was incredible, the coffee and chilis worked well together to balance out the flavor without taking away from the tenderness of the lamb. This is definitely something I look forward to cooking often and the spice rub works well with other meat also. Try yours today!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


2 ½ pounds of lamb chops

1 tablespoon of dark, freshly ground coffee

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of Guajillo chili powder

1 teaspoon of ancho chile powder

1 teaspoon of red chili flakes

1 teaspoon of cayenne

1 teaspoon of black pepper

Olive oil

2 tablespoons of butter

3 cloves of garlic

A couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary


  1. In a small bowl, mix all the spices and coffee. Drizzle some olive oil over on top of the lamb chops and coat with the spice rub
  1. In a large frying pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil and melt the butter over a medium flame. Cook the lamb chops for 6-7 minutes on each side. Before you flip the lamb chop to cook on the other side, add the garlic and rosemary to the frying pan. Using a spoon, drizzle some of the oil and juices over the lamb while it is cooking
  1. When the chops are done, transfer them onto a plate and let them rest. Spoon some more of the butter and natural juices from the pan and drizzle them over the lamb chops
  2. Serve with a side of your choice
  3. Enjoy!

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