For many people coffee is a regular companion to food whether it’s breakfast or that great German institution of kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake) – only the amount of caffeine they might consume holding them back.
But apart from the time of day there are specific ingredients and dishes that make great coffee pairings
Coffee of course comes in many guises from a flat white to a double espresso to a delicate single origin filter coffee. In general I’d say milky coffees such as cappuccinos and lattes lend themselves better to sweet foods and darker more intense coffees such as espressos and black americanos to savoury ones but it is of course a question of taste and how you like your coffee. (I generally like mine black)
Here’s a general round-up, some of which may be familiar to you, some not.
Sweet coffee pairings
Almost any kind of chocolate bars, cake or cookies, especially brownies and chocolate chip cookies.
Tiramisu (with black coffee, I’d say)
Nut-flavoured cakes and desserts – especially hazelnut and walnut cakes, biscotti, almost anything with Nutella, walnut or pecan pie.
Ice cream – in fact to pour espresso coffee over vanilla ice cream is a recognised dish called affogato
French-style breakfast pastries such as croissants and pain au chocolat
Cinnamon buns (in fact cinnamon generally as you can see from this post
Doughnuts and beignets (see these doughnuts with hot chocolate sauce)
Toast and marmalade
Cheesecake especially ones with caramel or nut toppings
Savoury coffee pairings
Bacon, in practically all its guises – in a fry up, in a sandwich, in a roll
Smoked salmon bagels
Cheese – especially sliceable Swiss, German and Scandinavian-style cheeses or Dutch Leerdammer
Rich fatty triple cream cheeses
Coffee-rubbed cheese such as Barely Buzzed from Utah
Cheese toasties/grilled cheese
Cured meats such as salt beef and frankfurter sausages (so hot dogs)
Coffee-rubbed ribs and steak
Chilli con carne
Coffee is also often consumed with spirits such as brandy (especially cognac) and grappa
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