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Coffee Pairing: Dark-Roasted Blends

Solo no more, coffee can be more than just an a.m. survival tool. (But yes, you can still use it for that, too.)

Get to know characteristics of these dark-roasted blends so you can begin pairing them with complimentary foods to bring the best out in each.

That's Strong Coffee

In addition to the main regional coffees mentioned in Coffee Pairing (see sidebar), there are a few notable dark-roasted blends you're likely to find at most coffee shops. Look out, though--these are not your grandmother's instant flavor crystals:

Espresso Roast: these are usually dark, robust blends with a caramel-like sweetness. Espresso roasts are specifically created to stand up to the intense process of brewing espresso, but can be brewed using other methods with great results.

  • Body: full
  • Acidity: low
  • Flavor Pairings: caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom

Try these recipes for pairing with Espresso Blends:

Italian Roast: the name refers to the way in which the coffee is roasted: very dark, as is popular in Italy. Italian roasts are a blend of beans from different regions, but often have those from Latin America in common.

  • Body: Full
  • Acidity: Low
  • Flavor Pairings: chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, nuts

Try these recipes for pairing with Italian Roasts:

French Roast: these blends are roasted even darker than the Italian Roast. While French Roasts are not actually full-bodied, their flavor is strong and intense, often with a smoky quality--they have a relatively small, but loyal following.

  • Body: light to medium
  • Acidity: low
  • Flavor Pairings: toasted almonds, toasted hazelnuts, caramelized sugar

Try these recipes for pairing with French Roasts:

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