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Best Food to Pair with Coffee

Looking for something to go well with your freshly brewed coffee? If you see consider Coffee brewing as a hobby, and you want to step up the game, then read on, coffee lover. You’re about to have better coffee experiences when you pair these with coffee:

Breakfast Food

  • Wheat Toast – If it’s a Colombian, Costa Rican, Brazilian, or Guatemalan coffee you’re having, it’s best to match it with grainy breakfasts like cereal and toast. Opt for wheat toast when dealing with light- to medium-roast coffee.
  • Quiche – Having a Pacific Island type of coffee? Pair it with a delicious quiche.
  • Honey_being_drizzled_onto_buttered_pancakesPancakes with Maple Syrup – Have the best breakfast ever with a warm cup of Kona or Nicaraguan coffee coupled with pancakes that are topped with maple syrup. Let the bitterness and the sweetness of the two combine magically in your mouth.
  • Omelets – Believe it or not, Sumatra, Java, and Indonesian coffee are best paired with omelets
  • Oatmeal – Light roasted Nicaraguan or Kona coffee again? Try pairing it with oatmeal!
  • Eggs and bacon or sausage – Enjoy an American-styled breakfast with a cup of joe and eggs and bacon.
  • Crepes – Crepes are easy to prepare and are excellent partners of bold Pacific Island coffees. They are also best paired with espresso and espresso-based drinks.

Chocolates

  • White Chocolate – Perfect with Costa Rican, Colombian, and Yemeni coffees
  • Milk Chocolate – Pair milk chocolate with any type of coffee, but it’s best paired with Kenyan, Colombian, Sumatran, Ethiopian, Yemeni, and Kona coffees
  • Dark Chocolate – Ideally coupled with Brazilian, Indonesian, Guatemalan, Ethiopian, or dark roast coffees
  • Chocolate-Dipped Fruit – Good with African coffees
  • Chocolate Cake – Great with medium- and dark-roast coffees
  • Brownies – Best to be coupled with Guatemalan and Indonesian coffees

Fruits

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  • Tarts – They are ideally partnered with medium-to-dark roast Costa Ricans and Brazilians.
  • Apricots, peaches, plums – They are great with Tanzanian and Haitian coffees.
  • Berries – Haitian, Kenyan, Jamaican, and Yemeni coffees taste even better with berries.

Baked Goods

These snacks can be paired with almost all types of coffee. So, if you’re opting for something that’s easy to find and would taste excellent with your cup of joe, then go ahead and choose from the list below:

  • coffee-and-croissantSweet Bread
  • Shortbread
  • Scones (perfect for those who don’t prefer too much sweetness)
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Muffins
  • Doughnuts
  • Croissants
  • Coffee Cake (coffee-flavored cakes have that bittersweet flavor that will make you crave for more)
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Cheese Bread (yes, it’s worth a try!)
  • Caramel Flan
  • Cakes
  • Biscotti

Obviously, it’s high time for you to brew a coffee now and choose the perfect snack from the list above.

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6 Unique and Unusual Foods to Try in Japan

Japanese food, from traditional dishes to contemporary snacks, is meant to be tasted, savored, and experienced than talked about. Sushi, sashimi, and ramen may be the top-of-mind foods often associated with Japan. But the country’s cuisine actually encompasses more extensive regional and traditional dishes that are begging to be explored and savored. Here are some of the unique, unusual, and delicious foods you might want to try in Japan.

Basashi
Basashi
Eating something raw in Japan is not unusual. After all, it is famous for its sliced fresh raw fish or sashimi. Basashi, however, falls into the raw meat category — horse meat sashimi. This dish is typically served with soy sauce or a special dressing and garnished with fresh ginger.

Fugu
Fugu sashimi
Fugu refers to the poisonous puffer fish served sashimi-style. This type of fish carries a deadly toxin that makes it extremely dangerous to eat. In Japan, fugu sashimi is prepared by experts who learn and master the art of preparing this dish for many years.

Mochi
mochi in a box
Mochi refers to the Japanese rice cakes made with glutinous rice. The traditional method of preparing it involves pounding the rice into paste and shaping it as desired. It can be enjoyed as is or used in making traditional Japanese sweets and wagashi. Some of the most popular variations include daifuku or mochi with fillings like sweetened red bean paste or strawberries and kinako or mochi coated with sesame seeds.

Omu-rice
Omu-rice
Omu-rice or omu-rice (rice omelette) is the Japanese take on a western food. The dish is prepared by cooking fried rice using ingredients like chicken or other meat, vegetables, ketchup or some kind of sauce then wrapped in an omelette.

Shirako
Shirako
Eating shirako is essentially eating fish sperm sacs typically from the male cod. It is served hot or cold and cooked or raw depending to your taste and sense of adventure.

Uni
Uni sashimi
Uni refers to the edible pieces, the gonads or reproductive organs, of the sea urchin often eaten in Japan. Uni’s delicious combination of flavors and textures make it one of the Japanese delicacies worth trying out.

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