Coffee is one of the nation’s favourite drinks and is enjoyed today in many shapes and forms. We know that it tastes great with milk, sugar, syrups and water, but how about its uses as a culinary flavour to combine and create new taste sensations?
While coffee is great on its own, it’s also amazing with other tastes which is why we’ve bought together our comprehensive guide on the best coffee flavour combinations, including ways you can try them out.
Pairing Coffee with Food
For many coffee lovers, the brew goes with just about anything from breakfast to dessert. While this is true for many, it is also possible to combine the flavour profile of coffee with certain foods to create a premium mixture of tastes.
One of the most popular ways to add flavours to coffee is through the use of syrups. Available in a wide variety of flavours, a small amount is added to hot or cold coffee. One of the first syrups created to add to coffee was vanilla, a delightful combination that is still enjoyed by millions today. Other popular choices include
· Pumpkin spice
You can try a range of syrups for yourself at Esquires Coffee! All of our stores a currently closed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but as soon as we are back make sure to pop in to enjoy our Fairtrade organic beans, prepared by our professionally trained baristas.
Baking with Coffee
Over the years, chefs have created desserts that combine coffee, sugar and other delicacies to create classic treats. Coffee typically pairs very well with flavours such as chocolate and caramel, as the bitterness and acidity cuts through the sweet, sugary taste. Popular desserts that contain coffee include tiramisu, affogato and truffles.
Instead of an addition to food, coffee can also be enjoyed alongside cakes, biscuits and pastries – have you ever tried dipping these into a freshly brewed coffee?
Coffee and Fruit
Perhaps surprisingly for some, some fruits pair particularly well with coffee, after all, the beans used to make our favourite drink actually begin their life as the seeds of fruit. Citrus fruits, particularly orange, can be added to fresh coffee or eaten alongside for an interesting and healthy pick me up.
Did you know? Scientists believe that the Vitamin C found in citrus fruits can help to prevent cancer by removing harmful free radicals from the body.
Other fruits that can be enjoyed with coffee include blueberries and raspberries, that are rich in antioxidants, and bananas. If you would like to know more about healthy and nutritious food, take a look at our blog on High Protein Vegan Food.
Cooking with Coffee
Sweet and fruity are by no means the limit what it comes to fantastic coffee pairings. There are loads of savoury dishes that can be improved by adding coffee as an ingredient, either as espresso (try adding a shot to chilli con carne) or by creating a coffee rub out of ground coffee. The thought of cooking with ground up coffee might sound strange, but homemade coffee rub on chargrilled meat is the secret weapon of the master barbeque chef.
There are loads of different ways to make a coffee rub, but simple and easy recipes include salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, onion, chilli and coffee. The resulting flavour is not as bitter as you might think, and the coffee gives it a unique tang. Why not try it out this summer?
Many of us love a cocktail on a night out, and espresso and coffee liqueur are often combined with other alcohol to create delicious coffee cocktails. The espresso martini and the white Russian are two of the most classic examples of coffee-based cocktails. Esquires Coffee recently launched its first Espresso Martini bar within its coffee shop in Caerphilly – this is one not to be missed.
The Mighty Mocha
Last, but by no means least, who can forget about the mighty mocha? Coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven and are enjoyed around the world. Its origins are uncertain; however, given the amount of time both coffee and chocolate have been around, we can assume that our ancestors discovered this flavour combination early on.
Here at Esquires Coffee, we are passionate about bringing you the best flavours when it comes to both our food and drinks. Are you looking for a coffee shop franchise in the UK? Contact us to find out how you can become part of our ethical brand that is recognised for its uniqueness and quality Fairtrade coffee.
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