Kamis, 12 Juli 2012

The Best Accompaniments for Your Cup of Coffee

Sometimes all that you need is a steaming cup of your favourite quality coffee and five minutes of peace and quiet. There are other times however that you find that you need something else, an accompaniment to your favourite beverage, and these are great examples to choose from.

The Muffin 
There is a reason that coffee shops sell so many muffins these days. Clearly customers have recognised that a muffin goes really well with their latte, Americano, Colombian coffee or flat white. Whether you are a chocolate muffin person or crave a blueberry muffin, either will work well with your favourite blend. Of course the hardest decision here is whether you should go for the small bite sized ones or throw calorie caution to the wind and indulge in a "Grande" muffin.

There are few cakes that don't work well with coffee; the two even sound great together, "Coffee and Cake". Two types of cake that go particularly well with a steaming hot mug-full of aromatic coffee is the carrot cake (moist but still firm) or a walnut cake, with or without cream. A slice of either if in a coffee shop or in company is perfectly acceptable. A wedge does the job just as well should you be home alone.

This is a difficult one. Usually biscuits are associated with tea, and with dunking. While many assume that dunking in coffee is OK, it really isn't. Soggy crumbs floating on the top of a cup, or worse still, a broken off chunk which has sunk to the bottom are both ways to ruin a perfect fantastic luxury coffee. Italian biscuits, fig rolls and even a bourbon biscuit will make a suitable accompaniment here, no rich teas or digestive should ever be considered.

Cookies are different to biscuits, they are indeed in a class of their own. Whether your cookie of choice is a white chocolate, chocolate, double chocolate or some other combination of soft crumbly goodness, it is safe to say that any of these treats will work well.

Fruits, provided they aren't too sour work fantastically with coffee drinks. Whether they are dipped in chocolate or form some part of a fruit tart, with or without cream, they certainly look healthier than a biscuit or slab of cake. One could argue of course that such a treat could even form part of your five a day.

Coffee and chocolate are both said to contain antioxidants and no-one could ever have too many antioxidants surely? The type of chocolate that you indulge with depends on the type and blend of coffee that you are enjoying as some combinations work better than others. Many enjoy a piece or two of an almost bitter dark chocolate alongside their favourite ground coffee.

Should you be looking for a different type of accompaniment one of the most highly recommended includes a good book, a comfortable sofa and a roaring fire. These coupled with a fabulously aromatic mug of coffee is just perfect.

Montes de Oro are producers of premium high altitude coffee, grown in the Gold Mountain of Honduras. Through this coffee they ensure better living and working conditions for the people of Honduras and offer their chocolate tasting supreme slowly matured ground coffee to the world.

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