For many half serious coffee and espresso drinkers the wine and coffee analogy thing has become a tiresome and boring debate!
Done to death without success at the beginning of the noughties, the debate has dragged on and to be frank is now passé…
Common consent is that wine and coffee cannot be compared to one another…
Whilst coffee is certainly an interesting and stimulating debating topic and for many a livelihood (!), I for one would argue that it simply has neither the taste breadth, nor nuance depth, to be particularly exciting from an origin sensorial / olfactory only perspective.
Ok – the old guard and those groupies at the world latte art championships will disagree…! But unless we are sampling a straight Minas, Ivory Coast or Susie Wong vs a Kenyan A or similar then there is really no flavour contest to write home about…
Hence, the rise in the last few years of coffee pairings…Are these simply spurious jingoism, or sublimely creative taste sensation?
Hmmmm….Well, for me the debate is curtailed when I read of the following ridiculous suggestions…. My Top 5 never on a month of Sundays ‘pairings’ as follows:
1) Indonesian or Guatemalan with a brownie
2) Brazilian with a short bread
3) Costa Rican with eggs
4) Kenyan with Crepes
5) Kenyan with berries
6) Indonesian, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Guatemalan with dark chocolate –
I rest my case!
Never, ever, on this basis will coffee pairings achieve the stature of wine flights with a Gourmet Michelin tasting menu… And for those in the coffee trade who wish for something more… well perhaps you should change trades!
Coffee I love. Espresso I adore… but trying to window dress something as sublimely simple and perfect as roasted and liquored coffee beans I am not a fan of… because, in the process you lose the original essence and beauty that is a personal espresso moment, or the voyage of self discovery when tasting a new origin for the first time….. Keep it real!