Delicious Coffee Pork Tenderloins Recipe for Food Lovers

Attention all foodies and lovers of unique dishes! Have you ever tried a coffee crusted pork tenderloin recipe? If not, you are in for a treat that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. The perfect combination of savory and sweet flavors, this recipe is sure to delight even the most discerning palate.

Picture tender and juicy slices of pork, coated in a flavorful dry rub made with finely ground coffee, rich brown sugar, and a blend of aromatic spices. The result is a dish that strikes the perfect balance between smoky, spicy, and slightly sweet notes. The hard work you put into preparing this dish will pay off when your friends and family marvel over your culinary skills.

As both a food writer and coffee enthusiast, I know firsthand how versatile coffee can be as an ingredient in cooking. This recipe is no exception. By using instant espresso powder or finely ground coffee as the base of your dry rub mix, you’ll be able to unlock the rich flavor that coffee brings to any dish.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to impress your guests with this delicious and unique coffee rubbed pork tenderloin recipe that will surely become a staple in your home-cooking repertoire.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Pork Tenderloins
Coffee Pork Tenderloins

Are you tired of the same old boring pork tenderloin recipe? Are you looking for a dish that is both flavorful and unique? Look no further than this coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin recipe.

Not only does this recipe incorporate the bold flavors of coffee and spices like chili powder, paprika, and cumin, but the addition of brown sugar creates a perfect balance of sweet and savory. It’s said that opposites attract, and the combination of bitter coffee and sweet brown sugar is a match made in heaven.

But why should you love this recipe beyond its delicious taste? Coffee has numerous health benefits, including being rich in antioxidants, which can help fight against inflammation and heart disease. This coffee rub not only tastes great but can also contribute to your overall health.

Furthermore, this recipe is versatile and can be customized to your liking. Prefer a spicier flavor? Add in extra chili powder or cayenne pepper. Want to make it a little fruitier? Try serving it with a cranberry sauce or adding in some chopped apples.

Overall, this coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin recipe is the perfect combination of bold flavor and healthful benefits. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredient List

 Sizzle up some excitement with these coffee pork tenderloins!
Sizzle up some excitement with these coffee pork tenderloins!

Coffee rub ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Pork tenderloin recipe ingredients:

  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 lb each)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Espresso powder (optional)
  • Cranberry sauce or cherry sauce, for serving (optional)

Marinade ingredients: For Coffee Marinated Pork:

  • 1/2 cup brewed strong coffee or espresso
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Dry Rub ingredients: For Coffee Dry Rub Pork Loin Recipe:

  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar, brown sugar, or honey
  • Espresso powder (optional)
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic powder

Note: The ingredient lists above are separate; please do not mix these together.

The Recipe How-To

 A match made in heaven: coffee and pork in one dish.
A match made in heaven: coffee and pork in one dish.

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make this delicious coffee pork tenderloin recipe:

Prep Time

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • 2 tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Step 1 – Mix the dry rub ingredients together:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the finely ground coffee, brown sugar, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.

Step 2 – Rub the pork tenderloin with coffee mixture:

  • Pat the pork tenderloin dry and then generously rub each one with the coffee mixture. Make sure to cover all sides.

Step 3 – Cook pork in oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C) and place the coffee-rubbed pork tenderloins onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for around 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches about 140°F (60°C).

Step 4 – Rest and Slice:

  • Once cooked to desired temperature, remove from oven and let rest for about 5 minutes before slicing into medallions.

And voila! Your coffee pork tenderloin is ready to serve. Enjoy it with some green beans or roasted potatoes on the side for an amazing meal that is sure to impress.

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some java to your usual pork loin and elevate your dinner game.
Add some java to your usual pork loin and elevate your dinner game.

If you want to switch things up a bit, feel free to experiment with different spices and seasonings for the coffee rub. For example, if you prefer a spicier flavor, add more chili powder or cayenne pepper. Alternatively, if you would like a smokier flavor in your pork tenderloins, substitute smoked paprika for the regular paprika.

You can also try different types of coffee for the rub. A bold and robust blend will give your meat a rich and earthy flavor, while a lighter roast will produce a milder taste. You could even try using instant espresso powder in place of some of the ground coffee to give your tenderloins an extra punch of caffeine.

If you don’t have pork tenderloin on hand, you can still apply the coffee rub recipe to other cuts of pork, such as pork loin or even pork chops. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the size and thickness of your chosen cut.

For a fun twist on this recipe, try sous vide cooking your pork tenderloin before applying the coffee rub. This method involves vacuum-sealing the meat and cooking it in a water bath at a low temperature for several hours until it is perfectly tender and juicy.

And finally, when it comes to serving and pairing this dish, consider making a cherry sauce or cranberry sauce to complement the flavors in the coffee rub. You can also add cacao nibs to your rub for an extra rich and chocolaty flavor. Pair your coffee pork tenderloins with green beans or roasted potatoes for a well-rounded meal that will satisfy your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is proof that coffee isn't just for mornings anymore.
This recipe is proof that coffee isn’t just for mornings anymore.

Coffee pork tenderloin is a dish that is perfect for satisfying any craving for a meaty goodness. The flavorful rub that comes from the blend of coffee with paprika, chili powder, and other spices makes it an excellent meat to pair with roasted vegetables, particularly green beans or squash.

Additionally, this delicious pork tenderloin could also be blended beautifully with spiced cider vinegar or cranberry sauce. The tanginess and sweetness of these sauces complement the coffee rub well and help strike a balance in terms of flavor.

For those who would like to add drinks to their meal, I’d suggest that you serve this meaty treat alongside Irish coffee or espresso shots. These beverages will nicely contrast with the rich flavors of the coffee-paprika rub while also enhancing its taste notes.

Regardless of what sides and beverages you decide to pair with your coffee pork tenderloin recipe, it will definitely make for a fantastic meal that your taste buds won’t soon forget.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Coffee and pork lovers unite!
Coffee and pork lovers unite!

The great thing about this coffee-pork tenderloin recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored and reheated for later consumption.

To make ahead, prepare the dry rub mixture by combining the brown sugar, coffee, garlic powder, ground black pepper, ground cumin, paprika, chili powder and fine sea salt in a small bowl. Mix well and generously coat the pork tenderloin with the rub. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least 10 minutes or up to 24 hours for best results.

Once you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C). Place the pork tenderloin on a rack over a baking sheet and roast it in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

To store leftover coffee pork tenderloin, let it cool down to room temperature before placing it in an airtight container. You can keep it in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two months.

For reheating, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Take out the stored pork tenderloin from the fridge or freezer and place it on a baking dish. Reheat it in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes or until heated through.

The flavors of the coffee rub will be more intense after reheating, making this dish even better on its second serving!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These tenderloins infused with coffee are so delicious, they'll perk you up.
These tenderloins infused with coffee are so delicious, they’ll perk you up.

To achieve the best possible outcome for this coffee pork tenderloin recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that you should follow. Below are some ideas to help make your dish come out perfectly every time.

Firstly, when mixing together the dry rub, ensure that all ingredients are evenly distributed. This will ensure that every bite of the pork is full of flavor. I recommend using a small bowl to mix the rub, ensuring that everything is combined properly.

Image of whisking dry ingredients in a bowl

Secondly, take the time to properly coat the pork loin with the rub. Rubbing it by hand will ensure that every inch of the meat is coated in the delicious mix of coffee, paprika, chili powder and other seasonings. Be sure to press the rub into the pork to create a more flavorful crust.

Image of hands rubbing dry rub onto pork loin

Thirdly, allow the rubbed pork to rest for at least 10 minutes before cooking. This will give time for the flavors in the rub to penetrate through and infuse into every piece of meat once it is cooked.

Image of an uncooked coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin resting

Fourthly, when cooking the coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin on a grill or skillet, ensure that it gets a nice sear on all sides. This will create a beautiful crust on the outside while keeping it juicy on the inside.

Image of grilled coffee-rubbed pork loin with grill marks

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this recipe. You can try using instant espresso powder instead of coffee grounds or add smoked paprika for a smoky taste. You can also try sous vide or slow-cooking methods to give more time for the flavors to develop.

Image of different variations of coffee-rubbed pork being served

By following these simple tips and experimenting with variations, you can create a perfect coffee pork tenderloin every time. Enjoy!


Now, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this coffee pork tenderloin recipe. These questions will help you make adjustments to the recipe and ensure a successful outcome.

How does Gordon Ramsay cook pork tenderloin?

To prepare a delicious pork tenderloin, first wrap it with sage leaves and speck before placing it in the refrigerator to cool for a brief 10 minutes.
Next, heat up a non-stick frying pan with a dash of extra virgin olive oil and cook the pork over high heat for about 5 minutes. Once that’s done, remove the pan from the heat and add a piece of butter to enhance the flavors.
Transfer the meat to the oven and cook it for 10 more minutes until it is properly roasted and is moist on the inside with a golden brown crust on the outside.

What is the secret to tender pork loin?

As a barista with some cooking experience, I can share a tip to ensure your pork turns out tender even if you cook it for too long. Consider soaking it in a brine or marinade beforehand. I’ve found that these preparations typically lead to the best results.

How do you cook a pork tenderloin without drying out?

To keep pork tenderloin from becoming dry, it is best to cook it quickly in a hot oven. A temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended and should be maintained for about 20-25 minutes. The duration of cooking will rely on the tenderloin’s size and how long it was seared.

What makes pork tenderloin tough?

Cooking pork chops can be tricky since they are lean and prone to becoming dry and tough if overcooked, whether it’s by grilling, stove-top cooking, or even using an oven. Even a few extra minutes of cooking can cause this to happen, leaving you with an unappetizing meal.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, coffee Pork Tenderloins are a perfect meal that you should definitely try. The unique blend of spices and coffee give it an irresistible flavor that will leave your taste buds tingling for more. Not only is it easy to make, but it can also be paired with various sides such as green beans, roasted potatoes or cranberry sauce.

The recipe allows for substitutions and variations in the choice of spices used for the dry rub, which means that you can experiment with different mixes to adjust the flavor according to your liking. Furthermore, it can be marinated with coffee to intensify the taste even further.

Whether you just want to try something new, or surprise your friends and family with an unforgettable dish, coffee Pork Tenderloins is the way to go. The recipe is perfect for any occasion and can be prepared using Sous Vide cooking or on the grill.

So why not give coffee Pork Tenderloins a chance? Your taste buds won’t regret it!

Coffee Pork Tenderloins

Coffee Pork Tenderloins Recipe

From Ricardo. This recipe is done on the barbecue. But at the end of the directions, I wrote the cooking method for the oven.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 331.3 kcal


Dry Marinade with Coffee

  • 2 tablespoons coffee, finely ground
  • 2 tablespoons fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pork tenderloin


  • Marinade with Coffee: In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Set aside.
  • Preheat barbecue to high heat. Oil grill grate.
  • Rub the tenderloins with about 2 tablespoon of dry marinade on each. Let rest 10 minutes. Keep the remaining marinade in an hermetic container at room temperature.
  • Reduce barbecue to medium heat. Grill pork tenderloins about 15 minutes, flipping them at regular interval. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing the meat.
  • Oven Cooking : Brown the pork tenderloins in a non-stick skillet (ovenproof) and cook in center of oven to 350 F about 15 to 18 minutes, depending on the size of your pork tenderloins.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 277gCalories: 331.3kcalCarbohydrates: 6.2gProtein: 52.9gFat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 164.1mgSodium: 3638.7mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 3.7g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Healthy, High In..., High Protein, Meat, Pork, Very Low Carbs
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