You may have certain foods you love to pair with your coffee. Or, if you drink your coffee first thing in the morning, you may not eat anything at all. Regardless, wouldn’t it be nice to find some foods to pair with your coffee from time to time?
Coffee and food tend to interact with one another. So it makes sense that you want to find food that compliments coffee. Not only that, but you have to admit it’s delicious having both coffee and a snack simultaneously!
Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error before figuring out what works best with your palate. To save you the trouble, we've put together a list of five foods to pair with coffee:
Cheese goes well with wine, and it pairs well with coffee, too! Interestingly enough, the acidity in cheese can heighten the intensity of a cup of Joe.
There's also reason to believe that the caffeine content in coffee reduces the number of fatty acids found in cheese.
This makes sense because fatty acids give dairy products intense flavor, much like caffeine does for coffee. Don’t worry, though. Together, both coffee and cheese taste wonderful.
Are you curious about which kinds work best together? We've compiled three cheesy suggestions below:
• Cabot Clothbound Cheddar - This sharp, tangy cheese is made with organic milk from grass-fed cows. It clocks in at around 110 calories per serving.
We recommend using this as a plated topper and enjoying it with a cup of coffee.
• Manning Canes Traditional Blue - This blue cheese is made from pasteurized cow's milk and contains roughly 120 calories per serving.
Pair it with a light roast, and it will surely provide an enhanced flavor experience for you!
• Danish Blue - Danish Blue is one of many blue cheese styles available at your local grocer's deli section or specialty market.
Danish Blue is only around 100 calories per serving. So, you can have plenty more where that came from if you love pairing this cheese with coffee.
Coffee doesn't just pair well with cheese. It also goes hand-in-hand with chocolate! Yummy, right?
There are tons of ways to make this work. But the simplest recommendation is to enjoy a cup of coffee alongside a chocolate candy bar. Or, some dark chocolate truffles can do the trick.
Try various types of chocolate while drinking coffee to see which you prefer. Taste-testing shouldn't be an arduous task to do, especially if you love chocolate!
This is where things start to get interesting!
Light roast coffee may be your favorite type of coffee these days. If so, after brewing light roast coffee, you may want to drink it alongside a pastry. Pairing desserts, like pastries with coffee, has been shown to induce "hedonic synergy."
So you may want an excuse to have another cup after dinner. If you do, try pairing whatever pastries you fancy with your favorite light roast java.
Recommendations for what works best together include:
• Cinnamon Rolls - We suggest having the rolls with cream cheese on the side for this coffee pairing. Or, you can dunk them into your mug for a tasty twist on tradition.
Either of these suggestions works due to the fatty acids. As mentioned, the fatty acids found in cream cheese heighten your flavor experience. So, the cream cheese will taste sweeter than usual. And, your coffee will taste even more delicious!
• Donut Holes - If you want to save time without compromising flavor, donut holes are another great option to pair with coffee.
Donut holes offer less surface area than other pastries. As a result, they’re easier to hold onto while sipping on your coffee. In addition, having less of a mess makes it easier to enjoy your coffee and donuts simultaneously.
4. Pie Crusts
Some may argue that pie crusts are desserts in their own right due to how flaky they tend to be. If you agree with this perspective, pairing a slice of pie with a favorite cup of coffee will result in a tasty experience. Plus, it likely will get even more appetizing when the caffeine from your beverage kicks in!
When you think of food to pair with coffee, eating nuts may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
Eating nuts indeed takes some getting used to. So, if you decide to try it, don’t give up after the first bite! As it turns out, coffee enhances the flavor of nuts. Also, with coffee, nuts taste sweeter because fewer fatty acids are found in them.
So, try eating nuts between taking sips of your coffee. You may be pleasantly surprised by how well the two taste together! Plus, we also have to mention that nuts are very healthy for you!
In conclusion, there are many food options for people to pair with coffee. These foods will no doubt enhance the flavor of your coffee.
So, the next time you make your favorite cup of Joe, give one of these foods a try. Pretty soon, you’ll find a pairing that’s irresistible!