Coffee And Dessert Pairing Made Easy

Coffee And Dessert Pairing Made Easy

You just fixed a delicious meal and now that your guests are relaxing, people want coffee but, what dessert do you pair with that coffee?

In this blog post you will learn the best desserts to pair with coffee so it will be easy every time.

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Don’t Fear Coffee And Dessert Pairings!

As you can see from this simple chart, coffee and dessert pairings are incredibly easy to do and this means that you can always serve a great coffee without neglecting dessert.

If you’re still at a loss about how to pair your favorite coffee with dessert, here are more tips!

  • Brownies – Full-bodied coffees from Indonesia or Guatemala pair beautifully with dark chocolate brownies.
  • Chocolate Cake – Chocolate cake is great with most medium- or dark-roast coffees, but is especially great with chocolaty Guatemalans. Chocolate mousse cake is delicious with most Arabica coffees. Vanilla-bean-iced chocolate cupcakes are wonderful with Colombian coffee.
  • Chocolate-Dipped Fruit – Chocolate-dipped fruit is good with most African coffees. Tart chocolate-covered cherries are great with citrusy Ethiopian Sidamo in particular.
  • Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate is ideally paired with Indonesian, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Guatemalan and dark roast coffees.
  • Milk Chocolate – It’s hard not to pair milk chocolate with all types of coffee, but Colombian, Kenyan, Sumatran, Yemeni, Ethiopian and Kona work best.
  • White Chocolate – White chocolate’s milder flavor pairs better with Colombian, Costa Rican and Yemeni coffees.

Baked Goods Pairings
What would Italians do without coffee and biscotti? What would Canadians and Americans do without their doughnuts and coffee? These coffee pairings are ingrained in the daily lives of many. Here are a few popular ways to enjoy pairing coffee with baked goods.

Biscotti – Perhaps the most popular baked good to enjoy with coffee in the U.S. outside of doughnuts, biscotti comes in flavors and varieties to suit nearly any palate. Almond is classic, but cherry, chocolate and other types are also well worth trying. Full-flavored biscotti is also great with espresso.

Cakes – Cake and coffee is a classic pairing. Carrot cake is fantastic with Colombian coffee. Chocolate cake pairings are listed above under “Chocolate Pairings.” Beyond these few suggestions, the possibilities are endless!

Caramel Flan – The rich, salty-sweet flavor of caramel flan works well with Indonesian and Guatemalan coffees.

Cinnamon Buns – The caramel and chocolate notes in Colombian and Guatemalan coffees are a natural fit for cinnamon buns.

Coffee Breads – Anyone who is inclined to bake should check out this list of top ten coffee breads. Use their individual flavor profiles to pair them with coffee.

Coffee Cake – Danishes and coffee cakes pair well with most coffees, but light- or medium-roast Hawaiian and Nicaraguan coffees are particularly good.

Croissants РYou can pair unadorned coffees with croissants, but why not take a cue from the French? Caf̩ au Lait pairs so much better!

Doughnuts – Different types of doughnuts pair well with different coffees. Many coffee-and-doughnut lovers swear by milk and sugar with pretty much any type of coffee and any type of doughnut. Smooth, sweet Costa Rican coffee is especially well suited to pairing with doughnuts.

Muffins – Like doughnuts, most muffins work with most coffees. Some find that Costa Rican and Mexican coffees are especially good with muffins.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Light- to medium-roast Nicaraguan and Kona coffees are ideal for pairing with the lighter flavor of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Scones – They’re not just for tea! Fruit scones are great with winey coffees from Yemen, Kenya and Haiti. Unflavored scones are good with Costa Ricans and maple raisin scones are perfect for Kona or Nicaraguan coffee. Citrus scones are great with Mexican and Ethiopian coffees.

Shortbread – The buttery, dense flavor and texture of shortbread is delicious with Costa Rican or Brazilian coffees, or with a Caffé Breve.

Sweet Breads – Zucchini bread with nuts is amazing with Colombian. Banana nut bread is great with Costa Rican, Kenyan or Kona coffee, and pumpkin bread with nuts is incredible with Colombian or Costa Rican coffee. 

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