Would You Try Coffee + Food Pairings?


Can you imagine how much more agonizing a trip to Starbucks would be if your barista started judging you on what pastry you got with your pumpkin spice latte? “Ooh, the chocolate croissant, are you sure? Because the bitterness of the cocoa will totally battle with the sweetness of the cinnamon. Better just go with a bagel. Plus it’s vegan (I think). Yeah, you’re welcome.”

Well, like it or not, coffee is the latest beverage to go the old sommelier route, as the Coffee Collective coffee company in Denmark is now offering food pairings to go along with each of its specific drinks.

The idea is to keep the foods as simple as possible – “nothing that has enough potency to take the focus away from the the [sic] cup,” says the Coffee Collective blog. So that means no avocado, no chili, no chocolate.


“Every dish consists of a couple of slices of sour doe [sic] bread and some butter served with different jams and purées consisting of a single ingredient pressure cooked with just a little bit of sugar, to preserve it, and maybe a small squeeze of lemon,” the coffee pairings post reads, “This is topped with some kind of ingredient, could be a type of nut, to give it some texture and flavour balance. Other sides could be different cured meats or cheese all depending on which coffee we want pair it with.”

Personally, I’d love to know what I can eat with coffee that A) will help leave my mouth feeling less grimy and B) make my head hurt less. Where’s my Starbucks Martin Riese?

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By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

4 replies on “Would You Try Coffee + Food Pairings?”

Most everyone I know who drinks coffee drinks it to avoid having to eat or because they don’t have TIME to eat. So I doubt this will go over super big. Typical conversation among friends and co-workers: “You want something to eat from this [enter choice restaurant or coffee shop here] place?”

“Nah, just grab me a coffee.”

Pairing pastries with specific coffee types is not really a new thing — most places have been doing it for years. Just ask your barista (yes, even at Starbucks — though you might want to ask one of their coffee masters what coffee flavor profile pairs best with a pastry. If they know their craft, they’ll be happy to help!

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