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Coffee-Rubbed Roast Beef

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Want to try a flavorful twist on a classic recipe? Coffee-rubbed roast beef is an earthy remix of your favorite entree.



  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground coffee
  • 2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar or palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2.5-pound boneless beef roast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. 
  2. Mix together coffee grounds, sugar, pepper, oregano, and salt in a small bowl until combined.
  3. Use your hands to rub the roast all over with the spice blend. 
  4. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil. Once hot, sear beef on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer seared meat to the prepared baking sheet. 
  6. Place in center of oven and roast 65-85 minutes (or 25-35 minutes per pound) or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the roast registers 145˚F.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

  • Category: Roast
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Beef

Keywords: coffee, brown sugar, beef, roast