Coffee Pairing Guide at McGee Black Irish Shop

Coffee Pairing Guide at McGee Black Irish Shop

Coffee Pairing 101: Matching Brews with Sweet and Savory Delights

Welcome to the aromatic journey of coffee pairing, where the perfect brew meets the ideal treat to create a symphony of flavors. Nestled in the Jersey Shore, McGee Black Irish Coffee Shop is a cherished family-run business with an in-house bakery and is delighted to share the secrets of coffee pairing. Whether you're a seasoned coffee lover or just beginning your exploration, this guide is your gateway to a world where every sip and bite is a delightful experience.

Understanding Coffee Flavors

The first step in mastering coffee pairing is to understand the flavor profile of your coffee. Coffees can be fruity and light or rich and bold, depending on the roast. Light roasts, often with hints of citrus or berry, offer a milder flavor and are great for those who prefer a gentler coffee experience. They pair excellently with light pastries or subtly flavored treats. 

On the other hand, dark roasts are often known for their deep and robust flavors, with notes of chocolate or earthy tones, making them ideal for pairing with more intense flavors. At McGee Black Irish Coffee Shop, we carefully select our beans and roast them to perfection, including a wide variety of flavors to suit all palates.

  • Sweet Pairings

According to a study, 81% of American coffee drinkers enjoy their coffee with breakfast compared to 38% who have it in the morning without food, 15% with lunch, 19% in the afternoon, and 7% with dinner. This shows the popularity of coffee as a morning treat and is often accompanied by sweet bakery items. 

When it comes to sweet pairings, the combinations are endless. Light and fruity coffees are a delightful match for pastries like lemon pound cake, where the citrus notes play off the coffee's acidity, or almond biscotti, where the nuttiness complements the coffee's fruity undertones. For those who enjoy a more decadent coffee, such as a robust espresso or a dark roast, pairing it with a decadent chocolate cake or a creamy tiramisu can be a heavenly experience. 

The bitterness of the coffee cuts through the sweetness of the dessert, creating a balanced and satisfying taste. Our in-house bakery at McGee Black Irish Coffee Shop offers a range of homemade sweet treats baked daily to complement our coffee selections perfectly.

  • Savory Combinations

Savory pairings are often overlooked, but they offer incredible flavors. A medium roast with its balanced profile of acidity and richness pairs wonderfully with a buttery croissant filled with ham and cheese. 

The coffee accentuates the cheese's richness and the ham's saltiness, creating a gourmet experience. For those who prefer bolder brews, pairing them with spicy or hearty foods like a chorizo empanada or a slice of quiche, Lorraine brings out the depth of the coffee's flavor. The intensity of the coffee stands up to the intense food's solid flavors and makes for an unforgettable pairing.

  • Seasonal Specials

Seasonal pairings offer a unique opportunity to experiment with flavors. In autumn, a pumpkin spice latte pairs beautifully with treats like cinnamon rolls or apple pie, where the warm spices in the coffee and the treat complement each other. 

Summer calls for lighter pairings like an iced latte with a zesty lemon tart or a fruit scone. These combinations taste tremendous and reflect the season's mood and produce. At McGee Black Irish Coffee Shop, we embrace the changing seasons by offering a variety of seasonal specials both in our coffee and bakery selections.

  • Pairing with Health in Mind

Health-conscious coffee enthusiasts will be pleased to know that there are many guilt-free pairing options. A light roast coffee known for its subtle flavors goes excellently with a healthy oatmeal raisin cookie or a gluten-free almond cake. 

These pairings satisfy the sweet tooth without compromising on health. We understand the importance of dietary needs and offer a range of healthy and homemade treats that are as delicious as they are nutritious.

  • Home Brewing and Pairing

Bringing the coffee shop experience to your home has always been challenging. Our specially roasted beans are available on our online store at

Experiment with brewing methods like French press and pour over or espresso and pair your creations with homemade treats. Whether you are hosting a brunch or enjoying a quiet morning, our range of beans caters to all flavor profiles and pairing needs, allowing you to become your own barista and baker.


At McGee Black Irish Coffee Company, we're passionate about coffee and the joy it brings, especially when paired with the perfect treat. Our family business at the Jersey Shore, with its inviting atmosphere and diverse range of coffee and food pairings, is a testament to our love for quality and community. 

Whether you're a resident or a visitor to our beautiful shore, we invite you to stop by and experience the magic of coffee pairing. And for those who can’t make it in person, our website offers a taste of our passion that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Happy Pairing! 

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