| Monday, January 12, 2015 |
There are some things that I am just naturally resistant to
doing--there is little logical reason behind my opinion, it’s more of a
knee-jerk reaction. Creating a coffee
rub was one of these things. I guess it
seemed a bit trendy and novel. Coffee
rubs seemed to me to be more about a cultural obsession than flavor. But, I do love red-eye gravy. And, I became farmer’s market neighbors with a
coffee roaster from Grey, Maine whose coffee was smooth, not burnt. We soon became addicts and had multiple bags
of coffee at home. I knew his coffee
would make a great rub--and couldn’t wait to experiment once the holiday rush
I started the process with Crossroads Coffee Bean’s dark
roast Brazil; I wanted to start with a super strong coffee base and the Brazil
was definitely strong. I made the rub
using the Brazil coffee beans, tellicherry peppercorns, ancho chili, guajillo
chili, turbinado sugar, sea salt, and cinnamon. It was very good, but there was something not quite right, it was a bit
too acidic and the smell was so pungent that it almost didn’t seem like food. I tried to fix it. And, I messed around with it so much that I
decided I needed to start over again; beginning with my original formula, moving
out from there--slowly.
I started over. I
made it again, but something was different.It was definitely a food, it had lost its acrid intensity--- it was
delicious!! But, what on earth happened?
I was pondering all this for a couple of days (I’m
sure many of you will see what’s coming). Then, I was watching my husband make coffee; I thought he was making
Brazil--he wasn’t. He was making Guatemala
(a medium roast)--interestingly, he was scooping from the bag I had used in my
most recent coffee rub...hmmm.
So, a happy accident!
Once the rub was complete I sent out samples to some folks
through ReginaSpices’ facebook page. I’ve
heard back from one, so far. He used it
on a beautiful bone-in pork-loin roast, cooked on his Treager grill.
He said, "Your spice rub was amazing on this
Oh my gosh!! Thank you, thank you!!!
(more on the Coffee Rub)