The Art of Pairing Cigars and Coffee: Tips and Tricks
Cigars and coffee have been a classic pairing for many years, and for good reason. The rich flavors of a fine cigar can be enhanced by the subtle notes of a good cup of coffee.
Let's explore the pairing of cigars and coffee, including the best types of cigars and coffee to pair, as well as some tips for enjoying this classic combination.
Choosing the Right Cigar
When it comes to choosing the right cigar to pair with your coffee, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, you want to choose a cigar that complements the flavors of your coffee. For example, if you are drinking a bold, dark roast coffee, you may want to choose a cigar with a stronger flavor profile, such as a maduro or full-bodied cigar. If you are drinking a lighter roast coffee, a milder cigar, such as a Connecticut wrapper cigar, may be a better choice.
Another factor to consider when choosing a cigar is the size and shape. Generally, smaller cigars, such as coronas and petit coronas, are better for pairing with coffee, as they allow you to enjoy the flavor of the cigar without it overpowering the taste of the coffee. Additionally, the shape of the cigar can also make a difference in the overall experience. For example, a torpedo-shaped cigar can help to concentrate the flavors, while a box-pressed cigar can provide a more even burn and a smoother smoking experience.
A Tatuaje Negociant Monopole No. 2 may pair well with our Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Roast Coffee. The toasty and nutty notes with hints of spice and and orange finish on the smoke will pair with our full bodied coffee with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and a smooth bourbon finish.
*Read more about Maduro cigars here: That Old Black Magic
Selecting the Right Coffee
When it comes to pairing coffee with cigars, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the right coffee. First, you want to choose a coffee that complements the flavors of your cigar. For example, our barrel aged varieties in light or dark roasts can be paired with many mild and bold cigars.
Another factor to consider is the preparation of the coffee. While any type of coffee can be used for pairing with cigars, some methods of preparation may be better suited for this purpose. For example, espresso or French press coffee can be a good choice, as they tend to have a more concentrated flavor that can stand up to the strong flavors of a cigar.
Tips for Enjoying Cigars and Coffee
Now that you have selected the perfect cigar and coffee to pair, it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your cigar and coffee pairing:
Take your time: This is not a pairing to be rushed. Take your time to savor the flavors of both the cigar and the coffee.
Start with the coffee: Take a few sips of your coffee before lighting up your cigar. This will help to prepare your palate for the flavors to come.
Light your cigar properly: Properly lighting your cigar is essential for enjoying the flavors to their fullest. Use a butane lighter or wooden matches to avoid tainting the taste of the cigar.
Don't inhale: Unlike cigarettes, cigars are not meant to be inhaled. Take slow, deliberate puffs and allow the smoke to roll over your tongue and palate.
Experiment: Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of cigars and coffee to find the perfect pairing for your taste.
In conclusion, the pairing of cigars and coffee is a classic combination that has stood the test of time. By selecting the right cigar and coffee, and following these tips for enjoying the experience, you can create a truly unforgettable pairing that will leave you wanting more.
Let us know what your favorite pairing is. We'd love to hear from you!