Coffee And Food Pairings: 5 Things to Keep in Mind
All around the world, people consume billions of cups of coffee every year. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we have also spent countless hours and a lot of energy trying to find the best possible food combinations that could complement and elevate the flavor profile in a cup of joe.
Coffee has a beautifully complex taste but there are some foods that pair incredibly well with it, such as cake, donuts, and biscotti. But if you are a novice drinker, chances are you will miss out on some exquisite tasting notes that can bring out the flavors in every type of accompanying food.
So, to help you get started with coffee and food pairings, we have made a list of a few things you should keep in mind.
- Like goes with like
Coffee pairings are much like wine pairings; like goes with like. This means if your coffee is light-bodied and has a delicate flavor, it will pair well with a similar type of food, such as a delicate fruit tart. If you have bought chocolate-flavored coffee beans, you would be surprised by just how well they go with chocolatey foods, such as brownies.
- Keep it balanced
When you pair coffee with any food, you should make sure that you balance the intensities. For stronger coffees, you can enjoy it with a lighter pairing, such as vanilla cupcakes that mellow out the intensity of the beverage. Richer desserts, such as chocolate cakes, are sometimes perfect for lighter bodied coffees.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment
While there are some rules in place about coffee and food pairings, don’t let them keep you from experimenting with your own combinations. For instance, if you love a chocolate cake with a higher intensity roast, go for it. Sometimes, trying unique and seemingly weird combinations can lead to wonderful surprises.
- Mix temperatures
An easy way to create a depth of flavors with your food and coffee pairings is to keep the temperature in mind. On one hand, you can balance out the temperatures by pairing hot coffee with cold desserts or cold coffees with warm foods. On the other hand, you can also pair similar temperatures, such as a warm, freshly baked cookie with a hot cup of your favorite coffee.
- Look for complementary flavors
When looking for food pairings for your coffee, always look for complementary flavors. Some of the combinations that you should try are fruits and coffee, chocolate and coffee, breads and coffee, cheese and coffee, and so on.
By following just a few basic rules of coffee and food pairings, you can open up a world of possibilities with flavor and texture. But it is crucial that you have good quality coffee to enjoy the subtle nuances that these pairings offer.
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