How to Pair Coffee with Food

Food pairing is not just for wine connoisseurs, it’s also for coffee lovers. Choosing the right blend to go with your food will help you bring out the best flavours and aromas, creating a match made in sensory heaven.

When trying to pair coffee with food, a good rule of thumb would be to match the intensity of the flavour of your dish.

  • Heavier, more intensely flavoured foods are best matched with stronger coffees to match their richness. Kenyan or Rwandan coffees might work well here, just like coffees from New Guinea or Indonesia.
  • Lighter foods are best paired with lighter, more nuanced coffees. Try balanced coffees from Central or South America or a floral, fragrant coffee from Ethiopia.

Here are Newbeans Coffee’s suggestions for each dish:

YOUR DISH OUR RECOMMENDED BREW
Bacons, sausages and quiches, with their smoked and savory flavor are best paired with smoky, heavier coffees. So do mushrooms with their earthy taste. Sumatra
Patriot’s Brew
Wake Up
Sweet dishes like pancakes and donuts go well with coffees that have higher fruit notes. Kenya Peaberry
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe 
Light breakfasts like cereals, croissant and toast go well with light, balanced coffees. Guatemala Fresh
Morning Blend
Fairtrade Costa Rica

YOUR DISH OUR RECOMMENDED BREW
Chinese or Asian dishes, with their often nutty and spicy flavors, go well with nutty and smokey coffees.
Smoked meats go well with equally smoky coffees.
Celebes Kalossi
Papua New Guinea
Sumatra
Soup and salads, as light as they are, are best paired with dry and lighter coffees. Ethiopian Sidamo
Kenya AA

 

YOUR DISH OUR RECOMMENDED BREW
Berries Kenya Peaberry
Ethiopian Sidamo
Harrar Longberry
Tropical fruits (mangoes, papayas, etc) Cuban
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

 

YOUR DISH OUR RECOMMENDED BREW
Young and creamy cheese go well with bright flavors. Costa Rica
Cuban
Milky cheeses like Ricotta help balance bittersweet cocoa notes. Amaretto
Monsoon Malabar
Lemony, slightly sour cheeses are balanced well with acidic, sweeter coffees. Kenya AA
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
Sharp cheeses like cheddar match the pleasantly bitter bite of coffee and espresso. Mocha Java
Italian Roast

 

YOUR DISH OUR RECOMMENDED BREW
Creamy desserts like crème brulee or flan work well with smooth, full-bodied coffee. Mocha Java
Sumatra
Dark chocolates help accentuate the bitterness of coffee. Mocha Java
Italian Roast
Light pastries and scones work well with light, well-balanced coffees. Espresso Milano
Illy Style
Fruity and tarty desserts go well with bright coffees.
 
Kenya AA
Harrar Longberry
Kenya Peaberry
Spiced desserts, such as those with cinnamon and nutmeg, go well with equally spicy coffees. Cinnamon Sticks Flavoured
Cinnamon and Hazelnut
Espresso Caledonia
Nutty desserts go well with winey coffees, with balanced sweet and sour tastes. Amaretto
Costa Rica

While there may be a science to pairing flavors, the best combination is still the one that works for you. You may start with this list, but always follow your palate! Enjoy pairing your coffees with your favourite foods.

Got any tips on how to pair coffee with food? Share it below or email us at sales@newbeans.co.uk.

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