No one thinks twice about coffee as a drink, but add coffee to a food recipe, and suddenly the dish is considered exotic. The truth is, coffee’s roasted quality, bitterness, and acidity make it a perfect complement to sweet, bold, earthy, or nutty ingredients, ultimately yielding a taste combination that is surprisingly complex. After all, what would Tiramisu be without espresso? Mocha exemplifies the almost intuitive marriage of coffee and chocolate. And perhaps you’ve noticed more savory meat dishes that now list coffee as an ingredient on menus? They’re all capitalizing on coffee’s tenderizing qualities as well as robust flavor. In short, these 14 sweet and savory dishes showcase coffee’s culinary versatility.