Coffee-Dyed Easter Eggs

By Kristen Mercure

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Did you know that coffee can be used as a natural dye for Easter eggs? With the power to color pearly white eggs any tone from a sandy tan to a deep mahogany, this go-to beverage continues to prove its worth outside of the coffee mug. We’re tried a few different methods to dye eggs and have a favorite or two to share so you can create a sophisticated, buzzing egg-scape.

  1. Brew a K-Carafe® pod, or four K-Cup® pods at 8-ounces (you need 36-ounces); pour coffee into a quart pot.
  2. Add 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to the pot.
  3. Put pot on stove and bring to a boil.
  4. For dark brown eggs, add uncooked eggs to pot and let boil for up to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the dye uniformly colors the shell. Once the egg has reached a desired richness, remove the eggs from the pot, drying with a paper towel and setting on rack to finish drying.
  5. For light brown eggs, let the coffee-dye cool. Boil the eggs in a separate pot.  Then using a wire strainer or spoon, dunk the eggs into the cooled solution.  Repeat until desired hue is achieved.  When done, pat dry with a paper towel and set on rack to finish drying.

Pssst … Looking for a tone other than brown?  Try the same method with Vitamin Burst Acai Berry creates a purple hue, while Strawberry Pomegranate creates a pink sheen.

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