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CHEESE AND COFFEE PAIRING – PRACTICAL PART

Types of used cheese

  • “Old Holland”, a hard and dry cheese
  • A soft, 48% milk cheese
  • Radamer – Emmental, 45% milk
  • A smoked soft cheese
  • A hard cheese, covered with pepper
  • A hard cheese, covered with paprika
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Used coffee

  • Light roast – coffee beans from Guatemala, wet processed, roasted in Kaffa, Finland. The coffee is sweet, fruity with berry tones
  • Medium roast – coffee beans from Chiang Rai, Thailand. Roasted by ‘Nowhere Coffee Roasters’, Thailand. Well-balanced coffee with some nutty tones
  • Medium-dark roast – coffee beans from the ‘Nine One’ plantation located close to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Roasted by ‘Farmstory House’, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The coffee has chocolate tones with nuances of tofu. You can feel a bitter aftertaste sensation.
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Important

  • Cheese should be enjoyed at room temperature.
  • Coffee should be enjoyed at room temperature, between 40°C and 60°C (104°F and 140°F).
  • Taste the same coffee at the same time with 2 different temperatures.
  • Enjoy small pieces of cheese with long sips of coffee.
  • Between different cheeses use sparkling water to neutralize your tastebuds.

The information in the tables below describe my personal opinion. It’s what I discovered when I experienced various different coffee and cheese combinations.

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Coffee and cheese pairing

Light roast

LIGHT
ROAST
TASTE AFTERTASTE FEELING
Hard, dry and heavy cheeseFruitySmooth, long and intensive aftertasteNice balance of coffee and cheese. It’s my favorite combination.
Soft, 48% milk cheeseSweetSmooth and long aftertasteInteresting combination. Even though both are acidic, the result was more sweet.
Emmental, 45% milkUnpleasantBad aftertasteNot the best combination
Smoked soft cheeseUnpleasantFlat aftertasteNot interesting. The result is more unpleasant.
Pepper cheeseFruityLong aftertasteI got the best result with colder coffee.
Paprika cheese FlatShort aftertasteNothing special

Medium roast

MEDIUM
ROAST
TASTEAFTER
TASTE
FEELING
Hard, dry and heavy cheeseHard to describeLong aftertaste Mixed feelings, it’s not a  good combination
Soft, 48% milk cheeseSweetLong, intensive aftertaste Very good result. One of my favorite combinations.
Emmental, 45% milkNuttyLong, smooth aftertasteGood combination
Smoked soft cheeseDark chocolateLong, intensive aftertasteInteresting result
Pepper cheeseStrong coffeeSome spicy tonesOne of the best results, the taste of coffee had been intensified.  
Paprika cheese FlatShort aftertaste Nothing special

Medium-dark roast

DARK ROAT TASTEAFTERTASTE FELLING
Hard, dry and heavy cheeseSweetHazelnut, long aftertaste.Good combination
Soft, 48% milk cheeseLittle bit brightShort, flat aftertasteNot an  interesting combination
Emmental, 45% milkGoes to fruity tonesLonger aftertasteNice result, but the medium roast coffee has  a more interesting result
Smoked soft cheeseSome nutty tonesShort after tasteNot interesting
Pepper cheese FlatShort after tasteNot interesting
Paprika cheeseNuttyLong after tasteInteresting combination with a long finish
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Coffee and cheese pairing

Top 3 results

  • Pepper covered cheese with medium roast coffee
  • “Old Holland”(hard, dry and heavy cheese) with light roast coffee
  • Paprika covered cheese with medium-dark roast coffee

General result

  • Cheeses that are combined with spices such as pepper can increase the flavours of light and medium roast coffees.
  • Soft milky cheeses can be used as snacks to neutralize the taste buds during coffee cuppings.
  • To get interesting results,  I recommend to use dry, hard cheeses.
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