Cooking with Coffee – A Winning Idea

Do you cook with coffee? Many people do. And, four of them have risen to the top of their game as winners of the MyVirtualCoffeehouse “Everything Tastes Better with Coffee” recipe contest.

Taking the top spot in each of four categories, the winners of the nationwide contest hail from California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Visitors to selected the winners by popular vote from among four finalists in each of the categories: Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert and Beverage.

Congratulations to the winners and their award-winning recipes:

Roxanne Chan, Albany, California: Calypso Cashew Clusters

Pat Dazis, Charlotte, North Carolina: Coffee Marinated London Broil

Amber Killmon, Cincoteagure, Virginia: Triple Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites

Mary Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina: Coffee Viennese

Winners receive a cash award of $250, a real coffee plant, recognition on the MyVirtualCoffeehouse website and national publicity as a “Coffee MVC (Most Valuable Chef). These winnings come on top of prizes they received as finalists, which included 10 pounds of a specially blended coffee and a special-edition coffee mug. Four finalists were selected in each category by an expert panel, followed by the open voting for the four winners. Over 100 contestants submitted qualifying recipes to vie for these special awards.

Nationwide Contest

To be eligible, recipes needed to feature at least one tablespoon of ground or instant coffee or one-half cup of brewed. Entrants could submit any number of recipes in each of the four categories, although they could not enter any individual recipe in more than one category.

As these recipes demonstrate, coffee can be a great flavor addition in both sweet and savory food and beverage recipes. Used in a rub, sauce, secret flavoring or as a main ingredient, and whether added by pouring, marinating, blending, folding or sprinkling on, coffee was front and center as contestants showed just how creative cooks can be with.

To see the winning recipes visit and click on the link for the contest.