Someone once said, “drinking good wine with good food and good company is one of life’s greatest pleasures.” We certainly don’t disagree, but drinking exceptional coffee with excellent desserts and outstanding company is even better! This holiday season, we’re sharing our favorite coffee and dessert pairings so you can bring a little aloha to all of your family festivities.
How to Pair Coffee with Food
There is no doubt about it; Hawaiian coffee is a delightful drink to sip anytime, but especially with dessert. Knowing how to pair different coffee notes and flavors with desserts like an expert can make the experience even more enjoyable. So how do you match coffee and sweets like an expert? It is not as hard as you may think.
One simple method for pairing coffee with food is to look for flavors that are similar to each other and will layer well to build depth. For example, if you serve a caramel cheesecake or flan, that dessert will taste creamy, tangy and have lots of vanilla and caramel flavors. Serving a coffee with notes of caramel, vanilla, or acidity would be a good choice because the flavor characteristics are similar.
Another way to pair coffee and food like an expert is to look for flavors that will create contrast. Try pairing a coffee with notes of berry or citrus with a rich chocolate cake or brownie. The brightness of the coffee will contrast with the rich and creamy chocolate for a complex flavor profile.
Kauai Coffee and Dessert Pairings
Now that you know a little bit more about pairing coffee and food flavors, here are a few of our favorite coffee and dessert pairings. What combinations will you try? Tell us what you create on Facebook and Instagram @KauaiCoffeeCo
Our Holiday Blend is 50% dark and medium roast coffee with a rich aroma and nutty notes. Its bright, fruit-toned acidity with lingering hints of toffee and caramel will pair well with your favorite coffee crumb cake. If your Thanksgiving morning traditions include baking and watching football or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, add this combination to your holiday morning routine. Buy Holiday Blend here.
In Hawaii, no holiday get-together is complete without pumpkin crunch at the dessert table. A cross between traditional pumpkin pie and buttery shortbread, this sweet treat is especially popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas but enjoyed year-round throughout the islands. Pair Kauai Coffee Holiday Spice with your pumpkin crunch for layers of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger spices. Buy Holiday Spice here.
Chocolate Mistletoe brings subtle mint and sweet chocolate flavors together in perfect holiday harmony. Serve with your favorite brownies, chocolate cake, cookies for a treat the whole family will enjoy. Get Chocolate Mistletoe now.
Estate Reserve Kauai Blue Mountain Coffee is the top of the crop and a must-try for any coffee aficionado. This unique and well-balanced coffee is the ultimate expression of Island coffee – smooth, mild, and subtle with a pleasantly bright aftertaste. It’s malty flavor, and fruity notes will pair well with any fruit tarts, pies or cheesecakes you serve this season. Try Kauai Blue Mountain today.
These specialty artisan-roasted coffees were crafted using different fermentation methods, varietals, and drying methods refined over three different harvest seasons. Each carries unique tasting notes that are sure to impress even the most discriminating coffee drinker. Pair these complex coffees with a delicate floral-infused cookie such as a lavender-infused French macaron or orange blossom glazed madeleine. Get artisan-roasted coffees while supplies last.
We hope you enjoy exceptional coffee and amazing desserts with your ‘ohana this season — happy holidays from Kauai Coffee.