Earlier in the week, we talked about some fabulous coffee collaborations on the market, and we promised we'd show you how to create your own. Now, we're keeping that promise with some tips on creating your own"coffee and" collaborations. We spent the week trying various coffees from our stash and playing them off against delicious chocolates, local dairy offerings and fine liquors. We came up with three collabs and a handful of tips to guide you in pairing specialty coffees with other foods in your own unique coffee collaborations.
Our Three Coffee CollaborationsFine coffee is all about indulgence - the flavors, the aromas, the textures and the pure meditation of creating a moment. Coffee collaborations are a way of extending that indulgence by playing off the flavors and qualities present in a particular coffee against complementary flavors, qualities and textures in other indulgent foods. We chose three of our favorite un-caffeinated luxuries to combine with delicious coffees and started combining. Here's what we came up with. Spreadable Coffee Garlic Cream Cheese Cooper's Hilltop Farm has been a Central Massachusetts tradition for nearly a century. They serve the local area with farm-fresh milk and cream that's a staple for local ice cream makers. All the milk sold at the family-ownned farm is processed onsite, and the cream content makes it incredibly rich and almost buttery. Metropolis Coffee's Spice Island FTO is the perfect complement to the rich, creamy density of Cooper's heavy cream. The spicy sage, walnut and pecan notes are strong enough to stand up to heavier flavors, and the herbal acidity is the perfect foil for the citric acid needed to form curds for cheese. If you've never tried to make your own cheese before, you'll be amazed how easy it is -- and if you've never thought of cheese and coffee as complementary flavors, you won't believe what your taste buds are telling you. The Recipe
- 1 pint fresh dairy heavy cream
- 3 tbsp Metropolis Spice Island FTO, very finely ground
- 4 tbsp cultured dairy sour cream
- 1 tsp citric acid
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup half & half or light cream
- 2 tbsp coarsely ground Cuvee Brazil Fazenda Panto coffee
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp corn syrup
- 1 tbsp liquid glycerin
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 3 oz bar Ghirardhelli Evening Dream chocolate
- 1/4 oz beeswax
Suke Kuto Infused Skyy Vodka Skyy Vodka's trademark blue bottles show up at all the best parties. Skyy creates many of its own infusions, but we couldn't resist pairing it with one of our own favorite coffees of distinction. 1000 Faces Suko Quto is an Ethiopian coffee from the Sidamo region. The heiroloom variety bursts with juicy fruit flavors that make it a natural partner to the silky vodka. This may be the easiest pairing of all. The Recipe
- 750ml Skyy Vodka
- 2 oz. Suke Quto coffee, whole beans
DIY Coffee Collaboration TipsInspired? We hope so. We choose all of our coffees for their distinctive flavors and cup qualities, and we'd love for you to make use of them in as many ways as possible. If you feel inspired to create your own coffee collaborations, consider these tips to help you choose your ingredients well.
- Work with the finest ingredients. Your collaboration is only as good as its components, so always choose the best quality ingredients to use. If you've got a local favorite food, think about ways it might work in tandem with coffee.
- Savor the coffees you're considering. Really settle in and try to distinguish the flavors and qualities that stand out and make it special for you. Those are the qualities you'll want to highlight when you start collaborating.
- Consider how the unique qualities of the coffee and other ingredients complement and contrast with each other. If you want to bring out sweetness, look for coffees that feature chocolate, maple and honey in their profiles. If you want a contrast for sharp, spicy flavors, consider coffees with bold fruity, spicy and peppery flavors.
- Be a little daring. Go on, be bold and explore. If you've got a food passion, from donuts to sausages, try blending it with your love of coffee. You'll be amazed at the way coffee complements so many flavors in so many ways.