Coffee & Food Pairings That Will Surprise Your Tastebuds

When it comes to pairing food with a beverage, wine is often the first thing that pops into your mind. Well, did you know that another less common pairing for food is coffee? Coffee doesn’t have to be limited just to the breakfast table or enjoyed as an afternoon boost of energy. In fact, coffee pairs amazingly well with a wide variety of ingredients and food. In today’s article, we have a look at some of the best food and coffee pairings that will truly surprise your tastebuds. Read on to find out more!

Food and Coffee? You Can’t Go Wrong With Chocolate 

Did you know that professional pastry chefs all around the world sing praises about how coffee truly can enhance the flavour of chocolate? In fact, any good and reliable recipe for Chocolate Cake, Pudding or Desserts often has coffee added to it in order to add complexity of flavour to the overall dish. Coffee and Chocolate can also be seen in classics such as Tiramisu, Opera Gateau and who can’t forget – a classic Mocha Chip at your local coffee shop. Coffee and Chocolate are truly the salt and pepper of the dessert world. 

Coffee and Meat

Don’t knock it till you try it, folks. In fact, coffee cooked with meat is a common dish in many Korean households. Known as “Bo-Ssam”, Pork Belly is stewed for a long period of time in a mixture of coffee and other spices and ingredients. The resulting meat is then enjoyed in a Lettuce wrap. Coffee is also used in the West, and often paired with meats such as Beef, Lamb and Pork. Did you know that the best coffee that pairs with Bacon and Eggs is a medium roast? Remember that the next time you head out for a big Sunday brunch! 

Coffee and Rich Dairy

Most of us are no strangers to ending a delicious meal off with a cheese board and a cup of Espresso. The reason this is so universally loved is that the rich taste of coffee truly brings out the creamy and complex flavours of different kinds of cheese and dairy products. Another fantastic example is the classic Affogato – hot espresso poured on rich and creamy vanilla ice cream, often served at restaurants all over the globe. Coffee and dairy are truly a match made in heaven. 

Coffee with Tart Fruit 

Did you know that tart fruits such as Kiwis, currants, granny smith apples, lemon, lime and grapefruit are perfectly paired with a cup of quality coffee? In fact, they pair particularly well with dark roast and can transport you to the tropics almost instantly. The bitter notes of coffee pair incredibly well with the sour, more acidic qualities of tart fruit, creating an overall balance of taste on the palette. 

Coffee and Avocado

No – we haven’t gone crazy. Bear with us for this deceptively delicious food and coffee pairing. Coffee paired with Avocado may sound totally absurd, but trust us when we say it is actually heavenly. The first time we ever tried it was at an Indonesian restaurant, where they served us a delicious dessert known as “Es Alpukat Kopi Susu” – translation: Milky Coffee with Avocado. This incredibly peculiar treat is one of the strangest yet most delicious things you could ever experience in the world of coffee. The richness of Avocado and Milk truly pair with the acidic notes of Coffee, creating one of the most balanced and surprising desserts you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. 


And there you have it – 5 coffee and food pairings that you may have never tried, or simply overlooked. If you’re a coffee lover, we can’t wait to hear about what you think of these combinations! 

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