With rich history and traditions, both coffee and sandwiches have gone a long way before conquering every coffee shop and restaurant around the world. Just like wine, pairing your coffee with the perfect food can be an art of its own.
Don’t want to go to the coffee shop to get your coffee and sandwiches? We got you. We have gathered 8 of the best ideas for sandwiches to pair with your delicious coffee. To make it easier for you to prepare at home, we also added a quick recipe. Bon appétit!
The sandwich history
The sandwich as we know it today was popularized in England in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Montagu apparently had some gambling problems that led him to spend hours at the card table. During a particularly long game, he asked the house cook to bring him something he could eat without getting up from his seat, and the sandwich was born!
The coffee history
The history of coffee dates back to an Ethiopian legend; it was said to have been discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi. He noticed one day that his goats were so full of energy that they did not want to go to sleep at night after eating coffee beans. Kaldi tried the beans himself and was also full of energy, so he decided to share it with his friends; this is said to be the history of coffee.
Ok, now that we know more about the beloved food and delicious drink let’s find out the sandwiches that you should pair with your coffee.
Hummus and pine nuts toast
Hummus is a highly popular middle-eastern spread made from blending chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), Tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor. You can also buy it in your local grocery store if making from scratch is not an option... Hummus is also packed with plant-based nutrition, protein, and vitamins. We paired this nutritious meal with pure black quality instant coffee, eggs, and fresh Israeli salad.
Delicious hummus toast recipe: Toast a slice of sourdough bread for 2 min in a toaster oven. Spread 2 tablespoons of fresh hummus, drizzle olive oil, and top with toasted pine nuts.
Panini press grilled cheese
Making grilled cheese with a panini maker will save you some of the oiliness of the pan-made grilled cheese. To make it even more diet friendly, serve it with freshly cut vegetables like cucumber and tomato. This sandwich is best paired with room temperature coffee with almond milk and no sugar. There are too many strategies about how to slice your grilled cheese, so we will keep it up to you whether you keep your grilled cheese whole or sliced!
Best grilled cheese recipe: Spread mayonnaise on two slices of multigrain bread, place two slices of Swiss cheese on one piece and top with the other. Place in a hot panini maker for 4 minutes. Voila! You have your instant grilled cheese ready to eat with your favorite cup of joe.
Tuna salad toast
There is nothing like delicious and light tuna salad on a warm toast with fresh veggies. Tuna is not only tasty, but also healthy! Tuna is rich with potassium, which is known for lowering blood pressure. In addition, the fish’s omega-3 fatty acids in combination with potassium can bring an anti-inflammatory effect to the cardiovascular system, which can help in lowering blood pressure, risk of stroke, and heart attacks. Make a bold and full-bodied Italian espresso or espresso-style coffee to pair with this yummy toast (you can also have it as a sandwich by applying another slice of bread on top).
Our tuna salad toast recipe: In a small bowl mix 1 can of low sodium tuna in water with one-and-a-half tablespoons of organic light mayonnaise. Place 2 slices of brown bread in a toaster oven for 4 minutes or until slightly burnt. Cut a few slices of red onion, Better Boy tomatoes (or your favorite type), and one piece of lettuce. Place the salad on the bread and serve with the fresh-cut vegetables.
Asparagus and lox toast
Asparagus is super healthy for you. It is full with nutrients, antioxidants, and much more goodness. You can read the 7 reasons why you should eat more asparagus here. To make this toast even more delicious, we added smoked salmon (lox) pieces on top. We would recommend pairing this toast with black coffee, and not only for the taste! The interesting part about pairing coffee and fish is that it is actually a healthy combination. A Canadian lab experiment, which was published in the Harvard Health magazine, have shown that “the combined effect of cooking fish and tea or black coffee makes mercury far less likely to be taken up by the body.” So drinking coffee with your salmon could actually lower the risk of mercury that you're consuming from causing you harm while still enjoying this sandwich.
The recipe: Lightly sauté asparagus with olive oil and garlic pieces for 4-5 minutes. Warm up 2 pieces of multigrain bread. Top with whipped cream cheese, asparagus, and smoked salmon. Sprinkle salt and add cucumber slices with a a slice of lemon.
Avocado and eggs toast
Another meal to pair with black coffee is this avocado toast. This light and fast to make avocado toast is a great afternoon snack or a breakfast meal. Avocados are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and other plant-based nutrients, which make them delicious and healthy. We added a scrambled egg on top to make it even a bigger health celebration!
Our avocado toast recipe: In a small bowl use a fork to smooch half avocado. Add salt and pepper as you wish. Toast a slice of sourdough bread until golden. Add pesto spread on top of the bread, add the avocado and one scrambled egg. Sprinkle a bit of chili flakes for a spice kick that will go well with the caffeine kick from the coffee. We paired it with our quality instant coffee, but you can use any pure black coffee, preferably made from Arabica beans to enhance the flavors.
Shrimp and eggs sandwich
Shrimps are full with protein and low on calories, which make them a great protein meal to eat. They also provide key nutrients for our body. The website Health indicates that “four ounces of steamed shrimp contain over 100% of the daily value for selenium, over 75% for vitamin B12, over 50% for phosphorous, and over 30% for choline, copper, and iodine.” Add a boiled egg, avocado, and multigrain bread and you can feel good about yourself while eating this sandwich. Try to enjoy this sandwich outside on a warm day with iced coffee. If you want to make your own cold coffee, consider instant coffee as the base because it is super easy to make iced coffee using instant coffee.
The best recipe: Grill 5 cleaned shrimps in olive oil for about 6 minutes. Toast two pieces of multigrain bread for 4 minutes. Cut half avocado into slices and boil one egg for 8 minutes, Slice if after it cooled down a bit. To put all the pieces together, apply a bit of organic light mayonnaise on one of the bread pieces, add lettuce, the boiled egg and avocado. Garnish with basil and voila! You have the best sandwich to pair with your iced coffee.
Avocado and eggs pita
Pita bread has been a staple of the Middle East for 4,000 years! It has been used as both bread and a utensil throughout the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean in Europe, Africa and Asia. Pitas are usually served with lamb, steak, falafel, or chicken in local Shawarma (a Middle Eastern meat dish) or Halal stands. It is traditionally accompanied by hummus, Baba Ganoush, Tzatziki, or Tabouleh (vegetarian salad). We created this savory coffee pairing to be more light and refreshing. We chose to make our pita a bit different than the traditional recipe. It is squared, toasted, and fully vegetarian! We paired it with our full-bodied, Colombian quality instant coffee. It has some light citrus acidity to it, so it was just the perfect coffee and food pairing. We kept it as black coffee without sugar or cream.
Our coffee pairing avocado pita recipe: Use a whole wheat pita and cut out all corners to make it as a squared piece of bread. Separate the two layers of the pita into two pieces and place in a toaster oven for 2 minutes. Boil one egg for 8 minutes and slice into two. In addition, cut half an avocado into slices. Spread pesto on the pita piece, top with the avocado, egg, and toasted pine nuts. Cover with the second pita piece and enjoy your sudden meal with the best instant coffee.
Peanut butter and bananas flat bread
After all of our savory food and coffee pairings, it’s time for a sweet toast! We chose this delicious banana and peanut butter flat bread recipe as the “best food with coffee” recipe in our sweets pairing category. Bananas are also super healthy for you! According to the website Medicine New Today, “bananas are rich in a mineral called potassium. This mineral is important as it helps maintain fluid levels in the body and regulates the movement of nutrients and waste products in and out of cells.” We made a cold black coffee made of instant coffee to pair with this dish. We first poured in a spoon of 0.1oz of instant coffee (same amount as in one of our coffee packets), added a bit of hot water, then cold water with ice. Then, mixed in a bit of almond milk for the perfect iced coffee.
Sandwich recipe: Use a white flatbread piece and toast it for about 3 minutes. Cut one banana into medium-sized circles. Top with organic peanut butter spread (2 tea spoons), add the banana slices, drizzle more of the peanut butter spread on top, and sprinkle chia seeds. Bon appétit!
No matter how you like your coffee, iced, black, with milk and sugar, or without -- coffee can be easily paired with the perfect sandwich.