Coffee in the kitchen should be counted among the spices rather than drinks, given its ability to create or flavor the most diverse recipes in a truly unique way. But what are the rules to follow to cook with coffee and to experiment with unusual combinations and dishes that amaze your guests?
First of all, always remember that coffee has an intense taste, so it is important to use it and balance it with extreme care together with the other ingredients so as not to risk spoiling the flavor of an otherwise great dish. Start by adding very little at a time and often tasting the recipe in order to understand whether to stop or continue with the addition of this tasty ingredient with a strong and decisive taste.
When using coffee powder consider that its grain is generally coarse and not too finely ground so if you don’t want its intense aroma to overpower the other flavors, grind it again to make it thinner and less intrusive inside the dish go and prepare. Choose a coffee with a more delicate taste and preferably a 100% Arabica type, or a mix with a particularly vigorous taste or a monocultivar product, that is obtained from a single variety of coffee beans: these first basic tricks will be enough to accompany your recipes to coffee to excellent chances of success.
Prefer delicate mixtures with a good quantity of arabica, if you want to use coffee for the preparation of appetizers, first courses or maybe to give life to a delicious coffee mousse with which to brighten the dessert of a dinner with friends. Instead, if you want to make meat with this extraordinary ingredient, choose more intense and robust blends without fear. Do you want to dare a combination with fish recipes? Then opt for a more fruity and aromatic coffee and, in any case, always pay close attention to its toasting level, choosing in this case a lighter and therefore less toasted and less bitter coffee.
In fact, even roasting has its importance in the preparation of a recipe: a less roasted coffee is also more acidic and therefore more suitable for particularly substantial dishes, such as a stuffed pork roast , while a dark and therefore very toasted coffee it goes very well, with its strong taste, to dishes based on game and black meat. And that’s not all: from roasted ingredient, in fact, coffee is easily combined with equally roasted products and foods, or smoked and roasted, such as toasted nuts, speck, crispy pancetta or smoked fish marinated in lemon juice . Now that you have a clearer overview of which type of coffee to choose for your recipes, all you have to do is prepare it!