Java Roast Beef Recipe
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Java Roast Beef Recipe

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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
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

Nutritional 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.


  1. Mix garlic, salt and pepper; rub over beef. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Pour coffee around meat. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. 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 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Java Roast Beef in Healthy Cooking October/November 2012, p21

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 264814
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5362556 258422
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2016

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

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 255962
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

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

mimirita User ID: 6302531 255482
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6154720 237679
Reviewed 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 User ID: 98373 237352
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1036706 236032
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"Kind of blah tasting"

Tcsurfer User ID: 8450834 233581
Reviewed 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."

luv2swim_AZ User ID: 6067029 232544
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"This is really good and it came out moist and tender, I did not change anything except to add 1 1/4 t. dried minced onion instead of using cloves of fresh garlic (which I did not have). I already have several very good roast recipes, but this one will go into my rotation."

Armstras07 User ID: 8309866 230287
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"This recipe sounds so great , but when i made it the meat came out dry and the gravy was not what i was expecting."

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