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Java Roast Beef

Coffee adds richness to the gravy, which is perfect for sopping up with crusty bread or draping over mashed potatoes. —Charla Sackmann, Orange City, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • Mix garlic, salt and pepper; rub over beef. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Pour coffee around meat. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours.
  • Remove roast to a serving plate; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim off fat. Bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with roast.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked beef with about 2 tablespoons gravy: 199 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 342mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.

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  • LPHJKitchen
    Mar 1, 2020

    This was SO easy and delicious! Honestly, I was a bit scared of the coffee but you can't taste it! It made a tender, rich roast and gravy to go with it.

  • TheDix
    Jan 20, 2018

    This is absolutely delish! I used garlic powder instead of the minced garlic and added fresh rosemary and dried marjoram and thyme rubbed on cross rib beef roast. Great and easy way to fix a beef roast.

  • shannondobos
    Apr 18, 2017

    I am surprised to read the comments saying this was just ok or bland. I made this exactly as directed, and found this to be fantastic. I was worried this would taste too much like coffee, but after slow cooking all day it just tastes like a perfectly flavored, rich gravy. This will go into my rotation for sure.

  • lolohiser
    Dec 21, 2016

    Good - and I can always drink any extra coffee!!

  • homemadewithlove
    Oct 26, 2016

    I like the ease of this recipe and is ready when I get home from work. I add fresh rosemary.

  • mimirita
    Oct 16, 2016

    Made as directed and neither husband or I cared for this. I had high hopes, but it was as one reviewer stated, BLAH

  • KittieCatt
    Nov 19, 2015

    Beef Chuck is very tasty & tender.... but only when it's cooked low & slow. The first time I made this recipe, I followed it to a "T". It was kind of bland, so I made it once again this past week with some alterations, and it was incredible! I seared the meat on the stovetop in my Cast Iron Dutch Oven) on all sides, until it was nicely browned. I then transferred it into my slow cooker, and added all of the ingredients which the 'original' recipe called for. To that, I also added a sprinkle of ( dried) Thyme & Marjoram, and a generous handful of chopped fresh Italian Flat Leaf Parsley (which I also added into the gravy). I know that I altered the original recipe quite a bit, but it turned out incredibly well!

  • Susie77
    Nov 14, 2015

    This recipe was fairly good. My husband and I don't care for coffee so there was none on hand; I got some from a local cafe. It wasn't "strong" as advised in the recipe. I also covered the meat with steak sauce after anointing it with the seasonings. I used a top round roast rather than a chuck roast because it was on sale. Cooked for 10 hours on low. It came out very flavorful and tender.

  • AmandaRull
    Oct 31, 2015

    Kind of blah tasting

  • Tcsurfer
    Sep 27, 2015

    You need to brown the chuck roast first,searing it on all sides before putting it in the crock pot,mine came out very tender and juicy,I put the rub on before browning then put some coffee in the pan to get all the yummy bits., then add everything to the crock pot.