An Auspicious Pair: Coffee and Holiday Desserts

By David Strahl

The season of sweets and celebration is upon us, and what better way to delight in your favorite holiday goodies than a delicious treat paired with a warm cup of H.C. Valentine coffee? The holidays are our favorite time of year to celebrate the various flavor pairings of our signature blends and single origin coffees. This season, treat yourself and your loved ones to the best desserts of the season, paired with the finest coffees from around the world.

H.C. Valentine Signature Blend

This delightful blend has hints of dried black cherry, raisins and chocolate. It is perfectly paired with sweets that embody cherries, black cherries, blackberries, blueberries and chocolate. Some delicious ideas to pair with our signature blend are:

  • Cherry, blueberry or blackberry pie or cobbler
  • Chocolate covered cherries
  • Homemade chocolate fudge
  • Peppermint ganache pie


100% Organic Caribbean Blend

This blend can be enjoyed throughout the whole day with an assortment of holiday desserts, from your favorite breakfast sweet to dinner dessert. It has winy acidity and creamy body, with flavor notes of red fruit, spice, caramel and toasted nuts, and pairs beautifully with the following:

  • Caribbean rum cake
  • Molasses gingerdoodles
  • Gingerbread spice cookies
  • Rice pudding


Guatemala Antigua – San Rafael Urias

This distinctive coffee has a pronounced acidity and full body, offering hints of black cherry, nutmeg, clove and molasses with a finish that is both sweet and spicy. Pair this fiery coffee with any of the following desserts for an unbelievable result that will leave you craving more!

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Gingerbread
  • Carrot cake
  • Spiced dry fruit cake


From all of us at H.C. Valentine, we hope you have a safe and joyous holiday season with your family and friends!