Whether you're not a wine drinker or just looking for something a little different, we match up six coffee flavours with some of our fave recipes
I recently attended a food and coffee pairing event hosted by renowned food writer James Chatto and Van Houtte
. Food and coffee, you ask? I questioned it too at first, but when Chatto and Splendido restaurant’s head chef, Victor Barry, developed a six-course menu
around this theme, I was thoroughly impressed.
(Coffee tasting place setting; more pictures and information available here
As Chatto noted, “coffee is like wine in many ways – they have different levels of acidity, intensity and body. Just like wine, the flavours in coffee can compliment the flavours in your food, creating a more balanced taste experience.”
Of course, for those of you who still prefer to serve your main course with more traditional beverages, then give this a try for the dessert course, or for a breakfast or brunch.
Here are some ideas inspired from my meal:
Mild and fruity: Pair this with our creamy-artichoke and smoked salmon tea sandwiches or smoked trout and mango bites.
Mild and woodsy: Pair this with our lemony mushroom and herb crostini or warm balsamic-soaked mushroom and spinach salad.
Velvety and fruity: Pair this with our sunny-side-up tart with cherry tomato jam or charcuterie-board sandwich.
Velvety and woodsy: Pair this with our seared duck with cherry sauce and rösti.
Bold and fruity: Pair this with our classic chocolate fudge or crisp maple shortbreads.
Bold and woodsy: Pair this with our ham and cheese focaccia with apricot mostarda or gourmet grilled cheese with date jam and radicchio.
How-to tip: How to brew a perfect cup of coffee with a french press.