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Homemade Coffee Rub Recipe

This all purpose coffee spice rub is our all-time favourite dry rub that we use on everything. It's earthy, flavourful and great to use on anything you want to quickly cook up on the grill. Quick to make - you can double, triple or quadruple the recipe so that you only need to make it once and have plenty leftover.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Marinades, Rubs
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Cup of Dry Rub
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee (medium grind)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (or smoked paprika)
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder (or dried onion flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne (Optional. Reduce the amount for a less spicy rub)


  • Combine together in a large bowl and mix.
  • Store in a well sealed container away from direct sunlight. Sunlight damages spices and takes away the flavour with time.


  • Do not use pre-used coffee grounds, it doesn't have any flavor
  • This recipe scales very well, create more to have it on hand to easily have it available
  • Store this in an air-tight container for 2-3 months.
  • If you don't want to grind fresh coffee beans, you can use pre-ground coffee or instant coffee.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7022mg | Potassium: 974mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 11133IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 9mg