If you are a coffee drinker, you would probably agree that coffee goes well with anything. Whether you have it with family, friends, and colleagues, it gives you the warmth, comfort, and that kick of energy to get you through the day (or night).
Speaking of day and night, although coffee is known to be a breakfast drink, it is widely considered an all-day beverage. Despite being warned to limit coffee intake to a maximum of five cups a day, many people still can’t resist the aroma of a steaming cup of joe. And whatever activity they are in, from leisurely reading a book to meeting with friends, and from studying for an exam to finishing a task at work, they do it better with a java cup on the side.
While this beverage can be a delicacy to be savored on its own, it shines brighter when paired with a meal that goes well with it. It might even taste better with a bite to eat. Your cuppa can have inherent flavors or tasting notes that can be obvious or subtle. Particular food can accentuate these and bring your coffee drinking experience to new heights.
Top foods that go well with coffee
Chocolate and caramel
Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven. The sweetness and richness of either milk chocolate or white chocolate combine beautifully with the subtle bitterness of your java cup. Even if a slightly bitter dark chocolate is served, it will still complement the intense flavor of this versatile beverage.
The caffeine and sugar rush can be pretty addicting. Similarly rich and sweet, caramel cliques well with the bitter notes of your brewed blend. This is why caramel macchiato is a popular choice among coffee enthusiasts.
Berries and bananas
Because many coffee variants have a hint of fruit in their flavor, berries such as strawberries and raspberries highlight this note and upgrade your coffee drinking experience. Served in a tart or sandwich such as Nutella-and-banana, this food-and-coffee pairing is a must-try. The full-bodied flavor of your roasted blend balances the sour elements in the tart.
Cakes and tarts
Coffee cake is probably the most popular food-coffee pairing out there. This cake comes in various flavors and textures, but all of them are especially created to be enjoyed with a piping hot cup of joe. Other flavors that you would relish with coffee are chocolate cake, vanilla cake, and tiramisu. The espresso or coffee liqueur in the tiramisu finds its perfect match in your steaming hot cuppa.
Toast, croissant, bagels, and donuts
Whether these are regular or French toast, plain or butter croissants, bagels with cream cheese filling or without, they balance the intense taste and aroma of your brewed drink. The heavy, savory texture of the bread augments the richer texture of most coffees.
Perhaps the most iconic tandem of coffee is the donut. Donuts come in many shapes and flavors, some with an assortment of glazes and sprinkles. All of them make a perfect cup even more perfect. Like the chocolate, the donut’s sweetness blends well with the bitterness of the coffee.
Crepes, pancakes, and waffles
Who doesn’t like to put milk, cream, or half-and-half in their cup of joe? The black coffee lovers. But even they would love their cuppas paired with crepes, pancakes, and waffles. Why? Because the creamy and milky texture of these breakfast servings is set well with the simple and delicate taste of your roasted blend.
Whether crepes are made sweet as a dessert or savory as the primary morning meal, coffee pairs with it flawlessly; the same is true if you top your pancakes and waffles either with just honey, fruits, or other savory garnishes. They will put your java cup on higher ground.
You wouldn’t usually think of coffee and cheese as a likely pair, but if you get it right, they can certainly be a delightful combination. Cheddar, aged gouda, and Piave Vecchio are some of the good choices you can try with your cuppa.
The sharp and nutty cheddar bite enhances the nutty notes of coffee, bringing it to the next level drinking experience. Aged gouda offers sweet and caramelized flavors to match and augment even the most robust java cup. Italian Piave combines the sweet, nutty, and fruity taste to highlight the same tasting notes in your brewed blend.
Easy to prepare and readily available, grilled cheese, peanut butter, and Nutella sandwiches can be a good match with your steaming hot drink. The nutty flavor of the cheese, peanut butter, and Nutella will bring out the nutty-tasting notes of your coffee. Add banana to peanut butter or Nutella, and you bring the berry notes in, which sets soundly with your hot brewed drink.
Bacon, ham, and eggs
Initially a breakfast beverage, coffee can never go wrong with iconic breakfast food. The salty, savory, and fatty elements of bacon, ham, and eggs can hold their own and boost the full body and intense taste of your cup of joe. Mixing savory food with a sweet drink to finish it rarely goes wrong.
They say bold flavors go well together. Do it right, and there will be an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Try pairing smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with your morning cup to understand what this means.
Making coffee and snacks available in the workplace has increased productivity among employees. It improves company culture, beats the afternoon slump, and keeps everyone’s energy level high. Moods are enhanced, the focus is sustained, and a lot of precious time is saved. Most importantly, your employees are happy, confident, and valued.
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