I love coffee. And I love chocolate. And according to the Van Houtte coffee company and local chocolatier, Wendy Boys of Cocolico, the two go together and make a perfect pair (like wine and cheese).
Van Houtte Coffee has launched a new feature on their website for you to find the perfect coffee match for your tastebuds. Once you've got your "coffee profile", they say they can also find you your perfect chocolate match.
A Coffee Profile is the combination of a coffee's intensity and flavour characteristics. Intensity is determined by the beans' roast, and flavours are built upon the natural characteristics of the bean through factors such as the cultivation methods, orgin, and terroir (soil and weather). Why is knowing your coffee profile handy?? According to the folks at Van Houtte, becoming familiar with your palate and taste preferences helps you choose coffees and pairing best suited to you to create the best coffee and food savouring experiences.
So I took an online test to determine my coffee profile. The first question asked me to pick my favourite type of chocolate- I chose milk chocolate (which means I have appreciation for smoothness).
The next question asked my to pick from three types of wine- I chose "a full-bodied cabernet" (which means I appreciate an intense, fuller bodied flavour).
The third question asked me how I liked my steak cooked- I chose Medium rare (which gives an insight as to how intense I like my flavours).
The next question asked what I prefer on my toast, jam or nut spread- I chose nut spread.
The next question is what I would pair with cheese- crackers or grapes- I chose crackers. And the last question asked me to choose a dessert- either lemon meringue pie or chocolate mousse- I chose chocolate mousse.
According to their test- my coffee profile is "Velvety and Woodsy."
What does Velvety and Woodsy mean:
"These coffees feature both body and a soft, satin mouthfeel. They offer a savoury experience that puts together the comforting flavours of cocoa, spices, and lightly toasted bread. This harmonious amalgam pleases classic taste."
Apparently, with my flavour profile, their Amazonia Fair Trade Organic- Medium Roast is the coffee for me.