Coffee could mean so much if you love it enough, It’s the thing that wakes you up in the morning and keeps you going as the day drags on. From breakfast to dessert, coffee is always perfect for any occasion, especially when being paired with certain foods. The flavours and aromas of coffee run deep, and when combined with the right pairing, your coffee can reveal tastes and qualities that you didn’t even know exist.
Find out the best go-to food for your coffee and discover the sweeter, richer, bitter, creamier moments from inside your cup!
What Is Breakfast Without Coffee?
Coffee is best served first thing in the morning (or so they say). It jolts you up and keeps you rolling throughout the day. As a result, many restaurants and hotels serve coffee alongside breakfast entrées in the morning. And now, to take your morning coffee to the next level, here are a few breakfast food pairings that are ideal for your coffee.
Crepe gets along really well with coffee. Some crepes are sweet, while others might be savoury, either way, it shines bright when paired with a suitable type of coffee, especially with espresso and espresso-based coffee. The toasted sweetness of the crepe frequently suits best on smoky, chocolatey notes, giving you a rich flavour in the combination.
- Eggs and Bacon or Sausage
Can you imagine an American-style savoury breakfast without coffee? Neither can we because it’s a classic! This American-style breakfast is great with a medium roast Costa Rican coffee. With a lot going on on the plate, the citrus and fruity flavour get you a fresh sensation in a sip of your cup.
These whole egg and vegetable sets are ideal when paired with coffees from Java, Sumatra, and Indonesia, which can handle the full flavours of savoury morning meals like omelettes. In this case, the coffee can round out the flavour for a perfect morning experience.
- Wheat Toast
Wheat bread works well with light to medium roast coffees from Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, or Columbia. The bread’s hefty, savoury texture complements the coffee’s thicker texture.
Bagels can be eaten plain, toasted, or stuffed with cream cheese or other fillings. And no matter how you eat ’em, they’re a tasty treat to pair with a cup of coffee. If you’re not eating your bagel sweet, a mellower and sweeter coffee can be an excellent pairing.
- Kaya Toast
Kaya Toast and Kopi is already a national treasure in Singapore, but says who you can’t make it even better? Having a Kaya Toast for breakfast could be taken to another level with a sweet espresso-based coffee such as a caramel latte or a cappuccino, especially with caramel and chocolatey beans in the blend.
Having a Kaya Toast for breakfast could be taken to another level with a sweet espresso-based coffee such as a caramel latte or a cappuccino, especially with caramel and chocolatey beans in the blend
Coffee And Sweets, A Match Made In Heaven
When compared with anything sweet, there is no doubt that coffee is superior. The bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the meal are an ideal pairing for your daily pleasure.
We can’t scrap chocolate off our food pairing list. Full-bodied, dark roast coffee pairs perfectly with rich desserts like brownies or chocolate cake. Lighter milk and white chocolate desserts such as chocolate mousse or ice cream go beautifully with, well—almost any coffee, especially lighter to medium roasts.
- Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Bun is a must to be mentioned on the list! It is a divine perfection to curve a smile on a long day. The caramel and chocolate notes in Colombian and Guatemalan coffees are a natural fit for cinnamon buns with sticky sugary stuff in every bite.
- Doughnuts and Croissants
Nothing could go wrong with a piece of doughnut or croissants, and your favourite cup of joe. You can go with light to medium roast and even the darker roast. It’s the classic pair that never fails at any occasion at all.
Most berries will only work well with coffees from Kenya, Ethiopia, or Uganda. The berry’s flavours should take the fruity notes of the coffee to another, giving you a refreshing yet comfy experience right from the first sip.
Scones are not just for tea! Fruit scones are also delish with the winey coffees from Yemen, Kenya, and Haiti. Unflavored scones pair well with Costa Rican coffee, whereas maple raisin scones pair well with Kona or Nicaraguan coffee. Citrus scones complement Mexican and Ethiopian coffees well.
pairing up your favourite coffee with a slice of tart never goes wrong. And especially for fruit tarts, they are exceptional to pair with medium to dark-roasted Brazilian and Costa Rican coffees.
- Nyonya Kueh
Picking up a few of these local sweets can indulge your sweet tooth, but pairing it with a good coffee will take you even further. Most kueh are most suitable with a chocolatey flavoured coffee. it balances the sweetness in the small bites without covering each other’s flavours, creating a whole new world on your palate.
Coffee, Please Meet Meat!
Meat might be a tricky pairing, but a dark roast, in particular, will bring out the full flavour and texture of most meats. It works best with coffees from Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, India, or the Dominican Republic. Beef, pork, and lamb typically pair well with darker roasts, while roast chicken goes well with coffee with fruitier tones and bacon and sausage match well with a medium roast.
It’s All About The Taste When It Comes To Pairing
The first rule of coffee-food pairing is simple: Pay attention to your own taste buds. All that matters is the combination that tastes good to you. When trying to come up with your own coffee and food pairings, there are a few other tips to bear in mind.
One thing to keep in mind is that the strength of your coffee should complement the intensity of the flavours in your food. A more robust coffee can easily drown out a delicate, refined-flavoured product. The lighter and sweeter your coffee is, the subtler tastes it can interact with.
Keep in mind, you could spend a lifetime trying out various coffee/food pairings and still exploring to find the perfect combo for your taste buds. Since coffee comes in such a wide range of flavours, you can take the time to experiment with the food pairing creatively.
This list should get you started on discovering some tried-and-true coffee-friendly foods. But this is just the start. Get out there and try some new foods with coffee; you might just discover a new favourite!