Well here we are, more than halfway through January already. The holidays are over, you’re back at work and the kids are off to school next week. To help make the transition a little easier, we thought we’d share one of our favourite weeknight meals that uses coffee.

Now, when you think coffee in a recipe, you probably think dessert, right? Definitely something sweet. And that’s what we thought too. But then we came across this delicious, super easy, slow-cooked coffee rubbed pork and we were sold.

It’s a perfect combination really because the natural acids in coffee help break down and tenderise the meat, so you end up with this tasty, tender, shredded pork style dish. Plus, you can pop it in the crock-pot before you leave in the morning and it’ll be ready when you get home at the end of the day! Our favourite is to serve it in tacos but you can also go with a nice salad or some tasty veggies.

Note: we recommend our Feeling Woolly Blend for this dish because the delicate spice flavours complement the meat really well.


Coffee rubbed pork roast

We use the coffee rubbed pork roast recipe from Budget Bytes. It’s so good!

Image from Budget Bytes' coffee rubbed pork roast recipe

Image from Budget Bytes' coffee rubbed pork roast recipe

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 8 hours

Total time: 8 hours 10 mins


  • 1.5kg pork shoulder
  • 30g ground coffee
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika


1. Grind the coffee into a fine powder; espresso grind will work well. If you don't own a grinder, pop down to the roastery and we can do it for you. Combine the coffee grounds, brown sugar, cayenne, salt, black pepper, garlic, and smoked paprika in a bowl.

2. Pat the mixed dry rub on all sides of the pork roast. It is okay if some falls off. Place the pork roast in a crock-pot. Scoop up any of the rub that fell off and toss it in the crock-pot as well. Secure the lid; turn the heat on to low, and let cook for 8 hours.

3. After 8 hours, the pork should be tender and shred easily with a fork. Carefully lift the roast out of the crock-pot and transfer to a serving platter. Enjoy!