If you were to stand in a hallway with a wine tasting going on behind one door and a coffee cupping going on behind the other, it’s safe to say you might have some initial trouble distinguishing which was which. You’d hear some of the same terms tossed around… mouthfeel, body, structure… and you might even hear both rooms discussing the same tasting notes. And, just as wine, different coffee growing regions are known to produce different flavors, aromas, and structure.
And yet, we often wonder why coffee and food pairings aren’t something more common. Serious foodies will agree that pairing the wrong glass of wine with an entree can instantly transform the experience. Why isn’t the same said for a coffee, which offers approximately 1,000 flavor compounds, compared to wine’s roughly 200?
Though we often drink coffee on its own, there’s nothing we love more than bringing out the unique nuances of the bean by pairing it with some tasty fare. And, what better time to treat yourself than the holidays? To celebrate the season, we’re pairing some of our single origin coffees with some of our favorite holiday desserts. Whether you prefer something tart and fruity or rich and chocolatey, there’s a coffee pairing that just might help elevate your dining experience.
HOW TO PAIR OUR SINGLE ORIGIN COFFEES AT THE DESSERT TABLE
Democratic Republic of Congo Kivu Kahondo
Affectionately coined “Dr. Congo” by our regulars, Congo Kivu Kahondo is easily our most popular single origin option. Boasting warm notes of apple caramel, the bright acidity of blackberry, and the richness of buttery toffee, this coffee pairs incredibly well with both fruit-based desserts and those featuring warming spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
If you plan to enjoy our Congo Kivu Kahondo at this year’s dessert table, consider adding the following desserts to your spread:
★ Red Fruit Pies or Tarts (such as Apple or Cherry)
★ Pumpkin Pie
★ Snickerdoodle Cookies
★ Spice Cake
★ Apple or Berry Crumble
Nicaragua Finca Los Papales
Nicaraguan coffees often feature notes of cocoa along with a creamy mouthfeel. At Evermore, we are currently roasting and brewing Nicaragua Finca Los Papales. Like many Nicaraguan coffees, Finca Los Papales offers notes of bittersweet chocolate. As the drink cools, sweet hints of cherry and floral almond become more apparent, creating a balanced and well-rounded cup. The richer tasting notes of this beverage stand up very well to more decadent ingredients, such as chocolate or heavy cream, while the brighter cherry notes serve to balance out the flavors.
Enjoying Nicaragua Finca Los Papales this holiday season? Try pairing it with the following desserts:
★ Chocolate Tarts or Pies
★ Chocolate Chip Cookies
★ Chocolate Mousse
Hacienda La Esmeralda
As many of our customers already know, Hacienda La Esmeralda is incredibly special, coming from producers of a world-renowned Geisha coffee, as well as the incredible care they provide their farmers. Best enjoyed as a light city roast, this cup features notes of sweet strawberry, tart blackberry, and floral honey. As it cools, faint hints of banana bread will linger on the tongue. Delicate and light bodied, this coffee pairs best with desserts that are mildly sweet in flavor, allowing the floral fruitiness of this coffee to really shine.
If you plan on celebrating the holidays with our extra special Hacienda La Esmeralda, we’d suggest pairing it with the following desserts:
★ Pound Cake
★ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
★ Angel Food Cake
★ Bananas Foster
★ Crumb Cake
★ Banana Bread
FROM EVERMORE COFFEE ROASTERS
We hope you enjoy these holiday coffee and dessert pairings. If you do try one, let us know what you think! Or, let us know what you’ll be enjoying at this year’s dessert table.
So what can you look forward to from Evermore in the new year? With several months behind us and more seamless operations in play, we’ve got a lot planned for 2018. In addition to adding some exciting coffee recipes and new single origin options to our menu, we’ll be launching an online shop for retail bags and merchandise, as well as planning a few coffee education events and classes. If there’s anything in particular that interests you, feel free to drop a note and we’ll get it going.