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The Perfect Pair: Coffee and Tea with Desserts - Bear Ridge Co.

The Perfect Pair: Coffee and Tea with Desserts

Do you ever wonder what drink would go best with your favorite dessert? Whether you are a coffee lover or a tea enthusiast, pairing a sweet treat with the right beverage can turn your ordinary dessert into an extraordinary experience. In this blog post, we will explore the perfect pairings of coffee and tea with desserts, giving you the ultimate guide to impressing your taste buds and guests.

The first pairing we recommend is coffee with chocolate. The bitterness of the coffee complements the sweetness of the chocolate, creating a balanced and heavenly flavor. We suggest trying a rich and bold coffee, such as espresso, with a decadent chocolate cake, brownie, or truffle. If you prefer a lighter-tasting coffee, medium or light roast, pair it with a milk chocolate dessert.

For those who want a more fragrant and delicate flavor, tea is the perfect choice. Earl grey tea goes superbly with citrus desserts like lemon tarts or lemon bars. The tea's bergamot notes complement the tart flavor of the citrus, and the tea's natural aromas add another layer of complexity to the dish. Pairing vanilla creams with chamomile tea adds a warm and soothing flavor to the delicate notes.

Another one of our favorite pairings is coffee with caramel or toffee desserts. The sweetness of the caramel is balanced perfectly with the characteristic bitterness of coffee beans. A dark roast coffee would work exceptionally well with a salted caramel tart. However, if you enjoy a milder brew, we recommend pairing a latte, cappuccino or macchiato with a caramel flan or a toffee cake.

When it comes to pairing a cup of tea with a fruity dessert, we recommend a fruity tea, such as berry, apple, or peach. Strawberry shortcake with a subtle and fragrant white tea such as Pai Mu Tan is an amazing combination. Lemon or lime sorbets coupled with an iced green tea make tangy and refreshing flavors in the mouth.

Lastly, we must mention the timeless pairing of coffee with tiramisu. The richness and creaminess of the dessert flatter a well-balanced espresso. The intensity of the flavor of a dark roasted coffee like a Red Eye, goes best with a rich and creamy tiramisu. For lighter roasts, we recommend pairing it with a lighter dessert like a zabaglione, a light Italian custard.

In conclusion, pairing your favorite coffee or tea with your favorite dessert can take you on a unique flavor journey. The options we presented are just the beginning. We encourage you to experiment with different flavors and combinations. With this perfect pairing guide, you can now impress your guests and make your dessert experience appear as professional as your favorite café. Remember: the only wrong way to pair coffee or tea with desserts is not to try!

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