Besides the obvious beloved drink, coffee houses tend to share another commonality – their food menu. Sweet pastries, rich cookies, glazed donuts, bagels with cream cheese, crumbly coffee cakes. In other words, foods that are high in carbohydrates and fats. This is because coffee’s high acidity pairs well with foods that are high in fat and salt, with the high fat offsetting some of the coffee’s acidity. They compliment each other, bring out the best in each other, and most importantly satisfy your taste buds.
Like pairing different wines with different meals, different coffees also compliment different foods. For instance, darker roast coffees are complimentary when paired with high fat foods such as pastries, etc. as mentioned above. Say you’re planning on having a breakfast of fruit and a hard boiled egg, however. In this case, a lighter breakfast calls for a lighter roast because the coffee’s complexity almost makes it stand alone as its own course. Light roasts are also excellent for after dinner as they are thought to promote digestion.