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On friday nights I like to get some treats for my wife, it usually amounts to cheese and coffee. But these are fairly different flavors. I know there are lots of wine and cheese combos, but are there any cheese and coffee combo's that particularly complement one another.

Are there any dunkable cheeses?

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I've never heard of cheese and coffee pairings, but I've had coffee that has very wine like qualities. Personally this sounds like it would amount to gut rot, however if you try some lighter roasts or preferably profile roasted beans from areas in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, they tend to have very wine like qualities. Single origin, profile roasted beans typically have very renounced flavors, and profile roasting typically roasts the bean lighter preserving the tannicy, floral, and somewhat wine like qualities in the bean.

It might be prefered to eat the cheese with a cold coffee. If you cold brew coffee it tends to bring out the wine like qualities more so than hot brewing. A common method for this is often called "dutch coffee", where cold/iced water slowly drips over grounds into a vessel over a long period of time.

As far as dunking the cheese in the coffee. I'm not so sure about this. I mean there are a lot of cheese out there. As far as anything salty with coffee, I generally think the tastes conflict. Personally I don't dunk anything in my coffee, and when it comes to wine & cheese tasting you don't dunk the cheese in the wine. Perhaps a light cheese that isn't salty would work well dipped in coffee. I'm thinking somewhere along the lines of a soft cheese, but a soft cheese itself wouldn't be easily dunked into coffee. You could try spreading Mascarpone on a biscotti and dipping that. Even a porous cheese is unlikely to absorb and carry the taste of coffee.

Cheese and coffee aren't exactly a pair made in heaven, but I can see it working much like you said, like wine and cheese. However dunking the cheese in the coffee gives me a bad taste in my mouth. Like I said there are some soft cheeses(usually those used in desserts) that I could imagine being dunked in coffee in some manner, but this is more like a dessert with coffee, which makes me think of a traditional italian 4 course meal which usually ends with the "dolce" or dessert which is often accompanied by espresso. Italy typically also uses soft cheeses in their desserts. Tiramisu, which is very well known, is actually a combination of cheese and coffee. However, like I stated the food and the coffee typically remain separate, unless the coffee is an ingredient in the food.

I think what you're trying to do is interesting, but I'd avoid making your wife a test subject. I'd recommend keeping the coffee and cheese separate. However, they can absolutely be consumed in the same sitting, but I don't imagine the actual tastes meld together well in the same mouthful. If she wants something to dip in her coffee, biscotti is a common choice, and if she wants cheese, try spreading some mascarpone on it. You can have fun with different biscotti variants and fold things like chocolate, fruits, etc into the mascarpone.

I come from the renowned cheese state Wisconsin, and I've been a long time coffee enthusiast. This title definitely struck interest.

  • Hey, I'm from Wisconsin too! I was kind of thinking Finnish baked cheese loaf might be good dunked in coffee. It is pretty salty though. – Peter Turner Jun 18 '15 at 16:14
  • I can see it accompanying coffee as a nice side. Personally anything salty in coffee is a turn off to me. There are cheeses(especially in wisconsin) which are sweeter, or not brined in salt. I don't know if you've ever seen it, but there is such a thing as Fudge cheese in our great state of cheesiness. From what I remember, its the texture of colby with the taste of fudge. That might be an interesting combo, but I've only seen it at cheese specialty stores. Then again those aren't hard to find in Wisconsin. – tsturzl Jun 19 '15 at 23:20
  • Some times or breakfast I eat Brie and jam or honey on bread often with my coffee. Brie is one of those cheeses that's not particularly salty. I feel like dipping brie in coffee though would remove a lot of that wonderful funky cheese taste in brie. – tsturzl Jun 19 '15 at 23:22
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Have you tried "Barely Buzzed"? It's an espresso & lavender rubbed cheese from Beehive Cheese Company in Utah.

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    Welcome to Coffee. Can you expand your answer with why this cheese might be good with coffee, other than the fact that it's got espresso powder on it? Is this mass-market or regionally available? Is it "dunkable" as was part of the question. – hoc_age Jul 18 '16 at 13:25

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