The Perfect Match: The Top 8 Foods to Pair With Coffee

March 12, 2019

Would you be surprised to learn that almost half of all Americans, 44%, drink coffee with breakfast?

What is the best thing to eat in the morning with that cup of joe? Are there certain go-to coffee snacks? While some shops are serving up the best things to eat for breakfast, some cater to what goes well with your morning brew.

What are the best coffee and food pairings? What goes with coffee as well as cheese goes with wine? Check out this article to learn what tops the list of coffee and food combos.

Coffee and Food: What Goes Best With Your Cup of Joe?

On a busy morning, you might just grab a granola bar to scarf down with your morning coffee, but you can broaden your horizons with some of these great coffee and food ideas.

1. Nutella Tart

Stop right there! Nutella in a tart? Sounds pretty amazing on its own, right? The cocoa in the Nutella goes great with most types of coffee, but if you just can’t get enough, try it with a Nutella Latte.

2. French Toast

Classic French toast or a gourmet recipe with salted caramel and pecans or berry marscarpone pairs well with a chai or mocha latte.

3. Tiramisu

This classic Italian dessert has coffee in the recipe so of course it goes well with a cup of mud. Tiramisu with all its creamy deliciousness tastes even better with an espresso or a mocha latte.

4. Scones

I know, I know. Scones go with tea, but it’s not an exclusive relationship. The fruit variety, like blueberry scones, pair well with a cappuccino. Plain or unflavored scones go well with a nutty-flavored coffee.

5. Butter Croissant

Croissants with their flaky, buttery layers are a little slice of heaven alone, but paired with coffee?! Over-the-top delicious! Coffee compliments and intensifies the sweetness of the croissant. Try dunking it in your next cup of joe!

6. Oatmeal Cookies

Yes, it’s a healthy cookie, so it’s okay to indulge once and a while with your cup of mud. The light flavor of oatmeal cookies is perfect for a macchiato coffee.

7. Eggs and Ham

Dr. Suess may not have included coffee in the fifty words he used in Green Eggs and Ham, but he should have. A cup of red eye coffee was made for an egg and ham breakfast or brunch.

8. Belgian Waffles

Belgian waffles…light, fluffy, crispy, and don’t forget delicious! Our Classic, Make it a la Mode, Banana Nutella or Apple Cinnamon Chip all pair well a flat white or any of our lattes.

What Are Your Favorite Food/Coffee Pairings?

Now you’ve seen the top foods to pair with your beloved brew. Which is your favorite? Here at Cupitol Coffee and Eatery, we specialize in serving up the best coffee and food and not just for breakfast. Visit us and see for yourself all we offer.

Drink to Your Health: The Top Benefits of Drinking Coffee Every Day

February 26, 2019

There’s great news for the 64% of Americans who get a java jolt every day: coffee is good for you!

Yes, coffee—even if decaffeinated—delivers real health benefits. While this doesn’t mean you should drink a pot of joe every day, coffee in moderation can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. 

Here are some of the reasons why you may want to drink coffee regularly.

Coffee Contains Antioxidants

Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, the natural food substance that helps fight free radicals. Free radicals are those rascal molecules that may contribute towards developing diseases such as diabetes and cancer. 

In particular, coffee contains high levels of polyphenols, the same natural chemical found in red wine, berries, and dark chocolate. Regular coffee drinkers get a healthy dose of polyphenols even if they’re not consuming those other foods every day.

Drinking coffee may help lower your risk of developing heart disease and other health conditions thanks to its antioxidants.

Coffee Helps Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Regular coffee consumption may fight dementia and Alzheimer’s. A study found that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day is associated with a 65% decreased risk of developing cognitive decline later in life.

The coffee in the study was caffeinated, which suggests that its stimulating effects support memory and brain function.

Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer

A British study found that adults who drank up to eight cups of coffee daily lowered their risk of death over a ten year period.

More research will be needed to determine exactly why coffee extends a lifespan, but it could be because of its antioxidant content.

Black Coffee May Reduce Cavities

If you want to keep your smile healthy and the dentist’s drill away, drink black coffee. It’s been linked to a decreased risk of getting cavities. Strong black coffee neutralizes bacteria on the teeth that can cause decay.

However, the key word here is black. Coffee with added sweeteners and dairy products can contribute to tooth decay. Coffee in any form can also stain your teeth. 

Coffee Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

Drinking coffee has been linked to a decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer. The news gets even better: the more coffee consumed, the more the risk drops.

Still even better is the fact that the study found that all types of coffee, including instant, brewed, decaffeinated, and caffeinated fight against the disease. Whatever your idea of what goes into the perfect cup of coffee, it can lower your risk.

Coffee Lowers Your Suicide Risk

A ten-year study that followed female nurses found that those who drank two to three cups of coffee each day lowered their suicide risk. Coffee has also been linked to a decrease in depression, suggesting that the beverage may help people feel happier and more confident.

Drink Coffee at Cupitol

Now that you know all the great reasons to drink coffee and how it can benefit your health, wouldn’t you love to stop into Cupitol for a fresh brewed cup?

Come visit one of our two locations and enjoy one of our coffee drinks from our menu. They’re available all day!

Next Level Brew: Pour Over Coffee vs. Drip Coffee

February 5, 2019

Chicagoans love their food. After all, what’s not love about Chicago-style deep dish pizza and hot dogs?

Chicagoans also love their coffee shops. According to Chicago Food Planet, in 2017 Chicago beat out Seattle to become “America’s Most Caffeinated City.” The reason? Residents spend 2.94% more on their coffee in Chicago than the average city.

And not just any coffee. A big chunk of those dollars is going toward pour coffee drinks.

What is Pour Over Coffee?

Pour over coffee describes the way a cup of coffee is prepared. The process sounds deceptively simple. Instead of popping a pod into a brewer, you pour hot water over roasted beans in a filter above a carafe or cup.

Proponents of the method are quick to point out that the reality behind the process is not at all simple. Brewing coffee this way allows you to precisely control all the variables that go into a great cup of coffee. It also takes more time than other methods.

There are three variables that will determine how great your next cup of coffee can be. Let’s take a closer look at each to understand what makes a pour over coffee different from your favorite drip or French-press cuppa.

1. Choosing Your Beans

Not surprisingly, the quality of the beans you use is going to have an effect on how good your final cup of coffee is. High-quality coffee cafes will feature single-origin beans in their blends.

The term “single-origin” can refer to all coffee beans grown in a particular country (Kenyan, for example). More often, though, it refers to coffee beans grown and picked on the same day at the same farm.

2. Grinding Your Beans

Grinding your beans correctly is vital. A consistent grind that is neither too large or too fine will result in the best balance and brew.

Beans that are ground too coarsely will not absorb the water poured over them. Your cup will most likely be weak, acidic or sour tasting.

When your beans are ground too finely, you’ll have the opposite problem. The water will not flow freely through the grounds and may even drive some grounds into the cup. This will give you a bitter or chemical taste not to mention a silky texture.

3. Getting the Water Temperature Right

Just like the ground, you want to ensure that the water you use is the right temperature. The ideal temperature for coffee is between 195 and 205 degrees.

Fortunately, it’s not that hard to achieve this range. You’ll be somewhere in the area if you bring your water to a boil, then let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute before pouring. You can use a thermometer to ensure you are hitting this sweet spot.

Finding a Pour Over Coffee in Chicago

As you can see, a great cup of pour over coffee takes time to master. The equipment to make pour over can also be expensive. So, before you go out and invest in it, you may want to try Pour Over brews at a coffee shop first.

You won’t get it in the mega-sized brew pots at most coffee shops. Luckily, you can find a wide variety of coffee on the menu at the Cupitol Café in Evanston and in Streeterville. They’ll brew you a cup any time of day and pair it with the perfect breakfast too.