How to Pair Coffee with Food

Experience your coffee at home in a whole new way

Coffee comes alive in the company of certain foods. When you combine the right flavors, those on the plate will complement what’s in your cup. Suddenly, your coffee could taste smoother. Sweeter. Richer, perhaps. Every pairing is unique and will take your home coffee experience to new heights. Here, Starbucks chef Stefano Cordova offers some simple ideas to try.


Starbucks® Veranda Blend®

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Toasted Brioche with Fresh Avocado
The avocado gives the coffee a more robust mouthfeel, making this light roast suddenly taste more full-bodied.

Madeleine Cookie
These buttery, sugary cookies balance the coffee’s acidity, making it so smooth and drinkable, you can skip the cream and sugar.

Butter Croissant
The butter from the croissant softens the brightness of the coffee, for a noticeably fuller and smoother effect.


Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast

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Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
The mozzarella softens the bold flavor of the coffee, while the balsamic glaze contrasts it, creating a unique sweetness.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The cheese and bread act like cream and sugar in the coffee, making it deliciously smooth and easy to drink.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisp
The tanginess of the tomato mellows the sharpness of the coffee, allowing for an easier drinking experience.


Starbucks® Espresso Roast

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Chocolate Truffle
Chocolate is a great compliment to this coffee. They balance each other nicely, for a smooth, seamless taste.

Mushroom and Bacon Quiche
This usually rich, deep roast becomes creamy and sweet like a latte when enjoyed with this quiche.

Toasted brioche with Nocciolata Spread
Brioche and Nocciolata bring out the bright pop in this roast without exaggerating its bitterness, for bold flavor without the bite.