Holiday Coffee Pairing

Nov 22, 2016

M.F.K. Fisher is known for her lifelong love of food and drink, and considered eating and drinking well to be one of the great “arts of life.” A particular gal who had a deep fondness for the bonding ritual of imbibing, Fisher once said, “Good wine, well drunk, can lend majesty to the human spirit.” We would have to agree and suggest that good coffee sipped in great company, too, can lead to a spirited majesty all its own.

As for coffee, she preferred to make coffee with a Chemex and would only serve it to guests after an evening meal, “unless there is a beloved barbarian or a dietary eccentric at the table whose demands are worth being satisfied without cavil.”

We’re not as strict as Fisher when it comes to the how and when. For all the ‘beloved barbarians’ in the room (we’ll count ourselves in that camp), we’ve put together a coffee menu to float you through the holiday season at every turn. We can help with the perfect pie coffee and one that will give you a lift when you’ve been overserved. (Pro tip: You may want to avoid super bright coffees in the event of a holiday hangover.)


The Thanksgiving Table Coffee

With its elegant, lush texture and the sweetness of caramelized sugars and dried fruit, it’s as if the Guatemala Finca El Injerto Pacamara was made for the Thanksgiving table. Pairs well with pecan pie or leftover stuffing for breakfast.

The Pumpkin Pie Partner

If you’re going the cream and sugar route, French Roast is your best bet. The smoky, sweet coffee is a perfect dessert pairing. Ethiopia Mordecofe is bright and delicate, with jasmine, grapefruit and oolong tea notes. Cuts through the sweet and creamy richness of pumpkin pie. Make a full pot – you’ll want seconds.

The Crowd Pleaser

Holler Mountain is a full-bodied and syrupy blend. A good companion for crisp mornings. Your grandma will want to put this in her freezer to save until next year. (Don’t let her.)

Best Gift Coffee

Guatemala Finca El Injerto Peña Blanca Gesha is a gift that won’t be regifted. A rare and exquisite coffee variety grown and processed on one of the world’s best coffee farms, it’s the one to drink after a fine meal or when you can pause to take it all in.

Winter Breakfast Warm-Up

Ecuador Piedra Encantada is a warming breakfast coffee, with apricot and spice and everything nice. Gets along famously with pastry and scones.

Home for the Holidays

We recommend the two-tiered approach when it comes to pleasing familial palates. Peru Churupampa brings something special to everyone at the table. The Ethiopia Nano Challa or Guatemala Finca El Injerto Peña Blanca Gesha will deftly dazzle those who are paying attention.

Holiday Cookie Pair

A plate of holiday cookies deserves a worthy counterpart. Guatemala Bella Vista brings the perfect amount of sweetness and baking spice to accompany a sugary bite.

Hangover Helper

After a night of boozing, you’ll want to avoid anything too bright the morning after. Our House Blend is comforting and chocolatey. Good-drinking all day long.

Coffee for the New Year

Start the year on a good foot with a celebration of the freshest coffee you can find. Try the Colombia Nariño Borderlands (arriving on the menu early January) which is not only lush and delicious but you can also feel good about supporting a project that is successfully revitalizing a region and helping to disrupt cycles of violence by empowering local farmers.

Something for Everyone

Avoid a fight. The Blend Trio packs all of our signature blends in one box.

If you find yourself with a coffee emergency or in serious need of a break from the fam, our cafes will be open! Find our Holiday hours here.