The Coffee Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide to Coffee & Food Pairing

The Coffee Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide to Coffee & Food Pairing

Emily Emily
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Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to coffee-and-food paring than a short cup of Americano and a glazed donut. Your daily cup of joe offers a world of flavors and there’s no better way to get the most out of it than by finding the food that matches. You’ll be surprised at how it makes a whole lot of difference in your coffee experience.

You don’t need to be an expert to find the perfect food options that bring out the best in your daily cuppa, but you do need to be aware of the different flavors in your cup to discover the notes that create balance and synergy between what you eat and what you drink.

To help you get started, we put together a quick guide to curating the best pairings so you can maximize your morning ritual!



The last thing that you want to do is divert your senses from the richness of your drink to the intense flavors of chocolates or citrusy fruits. Flavored coffee like French Vanilla or Mocha best pairs with savory snacks like bagels, croissants, and other delectable sandwiches.

Bones Suggests:

Pair Bones Coffee Company’s French Vanilla Craft Coffee with an Avocado toast seasoned with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of sea salt. 


Colombian and Guatemalan

Coffees from Colombia and Guatemala have chocolate, cinnamon, and nutty undertones. One
of the most basic approaches to food and coffee pairing is mirroring the flavors of each other. Your coffee and your food should share the same notes. Thus, cinnamon buns, chocolate and cinnamon flavored muffins, and coffee cakes are your best bets for these blends.

Bones Suggests:

Coffee cakes are typically infused with sweet cinnamon spices and would be the perfect companion to a steaming cup of Bones Coffee Company’s Guatemala Single-Origin Craft Coffee.


Sumatran coffee is processed using a method that’s unique to the island so it tends to have distinct characteristics. It is low in acidity and boasts a complex, full-bodied flavor profile, with rich earthy tones. And you know what goes well with this exotic blend? Cheese. Certain types of cheeses like Chevre and Gouda work really well with a dark cup of Sumatran coffee because, like milk, it cuts through the coffee’s intense taste and complements its rich flavorful aroma.

Bones Suggests

Gouda cheese and an intense cup of Sumatran coffee will complement each other rich notes and can even bring out a bit of a toffee flavor to your coffee. 


Kenyan and Ethiopian

Featuring a pleasantly bright acidity, citrus & berry undertones, and a winey finish, these African-grown coffees pair well with any kind of berries. Their tropical flavor, which is unique to their area, complements the fruity tastes of blueberries, raspberries, and the rest of the berry family. Just make sure that you don’t overdo sour tones in your selections for a balanced pairing.

Bones Suggests:  

Enjoy the unique flavors of Kenya with Bones Coffee Company’s Kenya Single-Origin Craft Coffee and pair it with a delicious fruit scone for a pleasurable afternoon coffee session.

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