Coffee has become more than just a part of our morning ritual. It has taken on almost a spiritual role in our lives. It is the magic juice that makes us functional and keeps us from just quitting everything. Your coffee experience can even be elevated by pairing it with a fine cigar. Cigars and coffee are a natural pair, due to most cigar tobacco emitting a slight coffee aroma and taste. Many darker wrappers, such as Connecticut Broadleaf, contain the same rich, bold taste as your favorite coffees. After hours of grueling research, Serious Cigars was able to craft a list of some of the best coffee and cigar pairings.

                                                                                Espresso & Foundation Tabernacle

 For an Italian, there is nothing more important in your day than your espresso. Well, wine and food are up there, but espresso is the fuel that keeps us going day after day. For those of you who are necessarily coffee buffs, lets explain what espresso is. Contrary to popular belief, espresso is not a type of coffee bean, rather a process. Around the world, a large variety of beans are used, while in Italy they prefer a dark roast. Espresso is made by forcing extremely hot water through finely ground coffee. The result is a powerful, rich "shot" of espresso. Its caffeine count is higher than your regular cup because of its smaller size and concentration. After using our very fancy espresso machine, we found that the Foundation Tabernacle pairs perfectly with a double shot of dark espresso. The dark wrapper and strong Nicaraguan tobaccos pair exceptionally well with the power and aroma of the espresso. This pair will surely wake you up in the morning.

                                                                                    Macchiato & Montecristo White

 With the exception of the last coffee, all of these other beverages are espresso based. That means the process of making espresso forms the base of each drink. The Macchiato, while originally hailing from Italy, has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years in the US. A macchiato is two shots of espresso in a cup followed by a drop of steamed milk and a dash of foam on top. The result is a flavorful rich coffee that comes out creamy, smooth, and sweet due to the milk. For those of you who need the pick-up of espresso but are looking for something more mellow and creamy, a macchiato is a perfect treat. When drinking the macchiato, and the words creamy and smooth bouncing around, we found that the Montecristo White was an excellent match. Its Connecticut wrapper and aged Dominican filler and binder give it a mellow body, with a smooth aroma and notes of cream, vanilla, and cedar.

                                                                        Cappuccino & The Crowned Heads Le Careme

 Cappuccino is one of the more popular after dinner coffees, especially after a fine meal. In reality, the cappuccino is essentially the same as the macchiato, however it uses a great amount of milk, foam and can be then covered with cinnamon or chocolate. This results in an exceptionally creamy smoke, with the notes of cinnamon adding a delicious sweet spice. When it comes to a cigar pairing, the only thing that made sense was the Le Careme by The Crowned Heads. It takes its name from an 18th century French chef who is said to be one of the founders of modern, high art cuisine. Its dark maduro wrapper gives it a beautiful combination of sweet, creamy and rich while its filler gives it a nice hint of nuts and cinnamon.

                                                                                    Mocha & Ashton Aged Maduro

 Mocha is not something people will generally order at their local Dunkin, however the concept of mocha has seen rise in flavorings and desserts. Mocha is a blend of a creamy cappuccino and some hot chocolate. This gives you a creamy and sweet beverage, but the chocolate combines with the espresso to keep it dark and rich. This was one of the easiest pairings we have ever had to try. The first and only choice was the Ashton Aged Maduro. It is a mellow smoke with a dark broadleaf wrapper. In typical Fuente fashion, the wrapper gives off a rich, sweetness mimicking in many aspects the flavor you get from a cup of Mocha. While this isn't suggested for an everyday, a nice mocha with a cigar every once in a while can be a very satisfying treat.

                                                                    Americana & RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII

 This is the only coffee on hear that is not espresso based. Americana coffee comes in two different varieties. In the US, Americans typically use drip coffee, which is exactly as it sounds. It is still flavorful, but is made more for adding milk, cream and sugar then for drinking on its own. In Italy, asking for an American coffee will get you 2/3 of hot water in a cup followed by one shot of espresso. The typical American coffee is a medium roast, usually with cream and or sugar. This creates a balanced, slightly sweet and slightly creamy blend. For this pairing, we looked for balance and we found it in the RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII. The EC stands for Ecuadorian Connecticut which is a strand of the legendary Connecticut shade. It is creamy and mellow but with a touch of body from the Nicaraguan blend. Well balanced and great in the morning, this is a great pair to get your day started.


POSTED ON Mar 06, 2018

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