It’s a brewtiful day!
September 29, 2017, is National Coffee Day – an occasion we feel should not be overlooked. That hot, roasted beverage keeps sleepy Americans firing on all cylinders. Whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, never underestimate its power – or flavor! Enjoy your nutty brew on its own or pair with your favorite foods for a tasty twist!
Sipping a coffee drink with certain foods can enhance your taste experience. So, give these food and coffee pairings a try and stay caffeinated, my friends!
Pancakes + Caffè Americano
If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve most likely eaten pancakes with your morning joe at some point in your life (or like, every Saturday morning). Next time, wash down those fluffy, buttery flapjacks with a good ol’ black Caffè Americano, prepared by adding hot water to freshly brewed espresso. Pancakes are already sweet (especially when topped with maple syrup), so a bold and rich coffee will temper that doughy decadence.
Peanut Butter Burger + Cappuccino
Peanut butter burgers are appropriate morning, noon or night. The beef and cheese scream dinner, while the bacon and peanut butter hint at breakfast. No matter the time of day, a peanut butter burger is the perfect accompaniment to an unsweetened, unflavored cappuccino. A cappuccino is equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk. The creaminess of the peanut butter is further enhanced by the creaminess of the cappuccino, but not overpowered by any sweeteners. Match made in heaven.
Smoked Meats + Double Espresso
Coffee grounds are often used as a rub for barbecued meats, so pairing brewed coffee with grilled fare isn’t that strange an idea. Ideally, you want a beverage that can stand up to the chewiness and intensity of the meat. A strong, bold coffee like a double espresso, can hold its own against a plate of barbecue. Its bitterness brings out the richness of pork, chicken or beef.
Oatmeal + Pumpkin Spice Latte
This pairing is seasonal, but worth waiting for all year, if you have to. Hearty, chewy oatmeal with apples and cinnamon has met its match with the pumpkin spice latte. This popular breakfast bowl will bring out all the fragrant flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice in everyone’s favorite fall drink.
Pho + Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup with broth, rice noodles and meat topped with fresh basil, sprouts and jalapeño peppers. If you ever dine in a Vietnamese restaurant, you’ll notice a lot of patrons sipping caramel-colored iced coffee. But it is not your average cup of joe! Cà phê sữa đá, as it’s called, is dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee that’s slow-dripped and stirred with sweetened condensed milk. It will also enhance your cultural experience.
Chocolate Dessert + Mocha
Mocha is an espresso with chocolate flavoring and steamed milk. When sipped with a hunk of chocolate (cake, brownies, cookies…), it’s a double chocolate indulgence! Chocolate and coffee are both very complex, so instead of cutting through a rich dessert, accentuate it with something equally as sweet.