Coffee Pairing: Dark-Roasted Blends Article -
Add a Comment

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:

Want to Save This Article to Your Recipe Box?

It's easy! First, copy the article's web address (Url). Then click My Recipe Box at the top right corner of this page. Click Weblink at the top of your Recipe List and paste the Url in the space provided. (Note: If you get a "Sorry...broken link" message, ignore it! Enter a Weblink Title, click Preview, then Save Weblink. Done!)

    gina roby 
    Nov. 24, 2010 5:30 pm
    trying something new!
    Subscribe Today!

    In Season

    Not The Same Old Chicken
    Not The Same Old Chicken

    We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

    Slow Cooker Time Savers
    Slow Cooker Time Savers

    Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

    Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
    Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

    Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

    Related Videos

    How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

    See how to make coffee concentrate for a hot or cold beverage.

    How to Make Pour-Over Coffee

    Enjoy freshly-brewed coffee, one delicious cup at a time.

    How to Make French Press Coffee

    Four minutes is all it takes for the most flavorful cup of coffee you can make!

    Most Popular Blogs

    Read our blog

    Recently Viewed Recipes

    You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
    Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
    Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

    Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States