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Pairing Food With Coffee

February 2020 Newsletter

Hello there!

Two months are almost in the books for 2020, and spring is not far away. I wanted to express my gratitude for your support in a tangible way: As my faithful newsletter subscribers, I'm offering you 20% off your next order. Simply use the discount code 20% at checkout (available through March 31st).

Deep Sky News:

We will soon announce new coffees, starting with a Colombian single-origin. Also, as the weather begins to warm with spring, we will re-introduce our Absolute Zero Cold Brew blend. Be on the lookout for other exciting coffee offerings, projects, and collaborations in the coming months. 

Deep Sky Coffee founder holding rye maple barrel

I'm no expert, but this kinda looks like a rye whisky and maple barrel.

Coffee Tips:  Pairing Coffee With Food

Although coffee is the world's most popular beverage, not much thought is given to pairing coffee with food beyond breakfast. As a start, consider pairing similarities in flavor or experiment with contrasts (think about how salt enhances the sweetness of chocolate). Food with a higher fat content is a perfect contrast for balancing the astringency (dryness) in coffee. The following suggestions serve as a useful baseline:

Chocolate:
Brazilian coffees also pair wonderfully with dark chocolate. our Brazil single origin offering with strong nutty and chocolate notes is a good example. As well, try chocolate with coffees from Colombia, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Milk chocolate pairs well with Colombian, Kenyan, Sumatran, and Ethiopian. Milk not only cuts coffee's acidity, but it also enhances the chocolatey notes.

Cheese:
The high-fat content, full-body creaminess of cheese offsets coffee's acidity (which may or may not be a good thing depending on your coffee preference). Cheese with sweetness serves the same role as adding cream and sugar to your coffee. Coffee from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras pairs well with creamy types (ricotta and mozzarella). Ethiopia and Tanzania pair well with brie, blue, and goat cheese. Sumatra is nice with smoked mozzarella or gruyere. Colombia and Brazil are excellent with aged cheddar. 

Bread:
From a bagel to a thick slice of boule, enjoy with coffee from Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, or Columbia. A good choice here would be our Observatory House Blend that combines our Brazil and Colombian single origins.

Berries:
Berries match well with African coffees (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda). Deep Sky Coffee's Ethiopia Yirgachefe single origin exemplifies this. Try Yemeni and Jamaican coffees with blueberries. Or, pair fruit tarts with Brazilian and Costa Rican coffees.

Spiciness:
Try spicy foods with coffees from Nicaragua, Honduras, or Costa Rica.
 
Don't get overly caught up in roast types or brewing methods. Instead, focus on the dominant flavor. Ultimately, there's no right or wrong answer: go with your preference. 

Philanthropy 

Earlier this month, Deep Sky Coffee donated to a worthwhile and intriguing cause:  in February 2022, my friend Moritz Baier-Lentz and his colleague will run 7 marathons across all 7 continents over 7 days (!!!) to raise awareness and funds to fight depression. He will be donating towards John Hopkins University, which is near and dear to us at Deep Sky Coffee with our focus on PTSD research.  You can learn more, and donate to, this extraordinary effort here.

With the heavy emphasis Deep Sky Coffee places on dark sky preservation, here is a project you can do at home to measure the darkness of your sky. See the below photo from the International Dark Sky Association to measure your sky according to the Bortle Scale.  (A quick indicator of a dark sky is correspondingly dark clouds; whereas in light polluted skies, clouds appear bright white from the artificial skyglow below.)

Bortle Scale for light pollution. Image courtesy of International Dark Sky Association.

Image courtesy of International Dark Sky Association

What We're Reading:

NYT: Is Coffee Good For You?

SCA: Caffeine and Coffee: How to Get More of a Good Thing

Fortune: Business gets ready to trip: How psychedelic drugs may revolutionize mental health care

Thanks again for your support, and for your purchases that fuel Deep Sky Coffee’s philanthropy. Together, we can make the universe a better place, one cup at a time! 

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