Sure, a simple cup of coffee is great. But a cup of coffee combined with the perfect side dish is magic! Certain foods enhance the flavour of the coffee, and sometimes it’s the other way around, and coffee brings out the flavour in specific foods. Oh coffee, such a great team player!
Let’s take a look at some foods that go great with coffee. Some of the combinations may be a little surprising.
Try having your coffee with a bowl of fresh fruit. It’s a lighter and healthier pairing choice for coffees.
Tip: Berries go great with a strong cup of coffee, especially blue berries. Try adding a piece of cheese to your plate for some added creaminess. Peaches, plums or apricots: fresh or baked into goods, taste great with coffee and aren’t too sour in flavour.
2. Mac n’ Cheese
I know what you’re thinking: “Coffee with Mac n’ Cheese?!?”
Yup! It just works. It may be the over powering lack of acidity in the creamy dish, but somehow it tastes so good with a cup of Joe. Give it a try, I dare you!
Pair Nutella and Crepes together with a hot cup of Columbian coffee. You won’t regret it. The sweet flavour of the Nutella perfectly balances out the bitterness of the coffee. Syrupy pancakes are also a great option to pair up with coffee!
4. Cinnamon Buns
The caramel and chocolate notes in certain types of coffees are a natural fit for cinnamon buns. Try dunking a cinnamon bun into mocha!
Coffee goes great with these French classic treats.
Scones go well with more than just tea! Fruit scones as well as unflavored scones taste perfect with warm, milky coffee.
Different types of donuts pair well with different coffees. Many coffee-and-donut lovers swear by milk and sugar with pretty much any type of coffee and any type of donut.
8. Reuben sandwich
The traditional Reuben is the hearty sandwich-fan’s Holy Grail; generous slabs of hot salt beef or pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and the fabulous Russian or Thousand Island dressing (a spiced blend of ketchup and mayonnaise), all stuffed between two hefty slices of warm rye. It’s not a light option; you’ll often find they stack up higher than even the most zealous appetite could manage in single bites. It incorporates a hot, fresh chilli and the peppery tang of watercress, which work wonders with the overwhelming meat-and-cheese combo – as does accompanying it with hot black coffee. Here, truly, is a sandwich that is so hefty a meal that it merits the mercilessly refreshing qualities of a cup of Joe.
9. Chocolate cake
Chocolate cake is great with most medium- or dark-roast coffees. Also try chocolate mousse cake or vanilla iced chocolate cupcakes.
Yes I know this is a strange pairing. But the wonderful thing about coffee – good coffee, anyway – is how cleansing the sharp, conquering taste can be against something rich and meaty; hence why it is, in my opinion, the perfect (non-beer) accompaniment to a hearty burger.
11. Bacon and eggs
This is a personal favourite. I love having a hot creamy cup of coffee on the side to balance out the salty taste of the bacon and eggs.
Probably 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.