Island Pastures Beef and Coffee Stew
Recipe by Chef Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Island Pastures Beef and Coffee Stew

  • Prep time 45 mins
  • Cook time 1 hour 30 mins
  • Ready in 2 hours

This is one of my go to stews. I love the use of yams instead of potato for a lovely sweetness. The spices used also provide a nice little kick that goes great with the coffee flavour. By using the shoulder cut, you ensure a delicious, rich and tender stew. Enjoy!



  1. Grab your roast, and cube into 1-inch chunks.  Remove any  large sections of fat to prevent the stew from being to greasy.
  2. Preheat a large pot on medium high heat.  Add the coconut oil and then the beef and give a head start on the browning process.
  3. Once the beef has begun browning, you can add the onion, garlic and celery.  Sauté for a few minutes, stirring regularly to add some caramelization.
  4. Once the veggies are lightly browned, add the spices to the pot and sauté stirring constantly for 1 – 2 minutes to bring out the fragrance of the spices.
  5. Now you can add the coffee and the water, bring to a simmer and cover your stew.  It is going to take at least 90 minutes on a gentle simmer to make that beef tender.
  6. After about 60 minutes, add the yams and stir them in.
  7. The stew will be ready once the beef is fork tender.  That means a fork should cut it fairly effortlessly.


The kind of coffee you use will have a big impact on the flavour of the stew. I encourage you to use a bright acidic medium roast kind of coffee rather than a dark roast chocolatey option.

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Reviews on "Island Pastures Beef and Coffee Stew" (5)

  1. October 24, 2020
  2. February 14, 2021
    check your ingredients pepper listed twice. yams are seldom sold in canada Yams are starchy and dry. Sweet potatoes are, sweet and moist, some more than others
    • February 14, 2021
      Thanks for the edit heads up on the peppers! Both yams and sweet potatoes are on the shelves pretty much every day of the year. Usually north of the Border here in Canada we call the dark skinned orange fleshed tuber, yams and they are delicious!
  3. May 9, 2022
    Hi. I’m a little confused with the 2 cups of coffee in the ingredients. It is 2 cups of liquid or 2 cups of the ground coffee. Thanks.
    • May 9, 2022
      Hi John. Please email Chef Mike at for the quickest answer. He is a busy bee at his new cafe downtown Victoria.

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