How to Match H.C. Valentine Coffees with Desserts

The great thing about coffees from all over the world is that they have so many complex flavors. While I am developing coffees for restaurants, resorts, spas, hotels, clubs, golf clubs, bakeries and coffee shops, I get to work with many of the best chefs from around the nation. Some of these chefs are James Beard award-winning chefs! One of the fun things I enjoy is matching coffee with desserts at these superb dining places. I know, it’s a fun part of my job! What’s not to like about eating desserts with the world’s best coffees? I mean, what is the last thing you remember about your meal? If you guessed your dessert, coffee, espresso, latte or cappuccino, you are correct!

So, to help all H.C. Valentine coffee fans decide which coffees to purchase with your awesome desserts, I have a recommendation list below! I hope you will enjoy trying all the artisan, micro-roasted specialty coffees from H.C. Valentine! Many of them which are organic, fair trade and Rain Forrest Alliance certified coffees. H.C. Valentine is committed to sustainable certified coffees. We currently purchase more than half of our coffees with sustainable certifications!

Below are the H.C. Valentine coffees, which you can purchase on, and the desserts to pair with each.


1. H.C. Valentine Signature Coffee – 33% RFA

Cakes and pies: cherry, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, seven-layered chocolate, chocolate bourbon pie, cherry and blueberry cheesecake

Cobbler: cherry, black cherry, blackberry and blueberry

Cookies: chocolate chip cookies

Pudding: chocolate pudding

2. Roast Masters African Savanna

Cakes and pies: strawberry pound cake and pie, apple pie, strawberry shortcake, apple crumb cake, lemon icebox pie, caramel apple pie, key lime pie and key lime cheesecake

Cobblers: peach, apple, cherry, blueberry

Pudding: banana pudding

3. Royal 150 – 33% RFA

Cakes and pies: caramel apple pie, caramel macchiato cheesecake, praline cheesecake, caramel praline turtle cheesecake, cherry pie, blueberry pie, raspberry pie, blackberry pie, double chocolate cake, chocolate crème pie and chocolate cheesecake

Cobblers: blackberry, raspberry and blueberry

Cookies: chocolate and chocolate chip

Pudding: chocolate

4. 100% Organic Caribbean

Cakes and pies: any cake or pie with raisins, molasses, spice and brown sugar

Cookies: any cookie with raisins, molasses and brown sugar

Pudding: rice pudding

5. Panama Volcan Beru

Cakes and pies: any chocolate cake, pie or cheesecake

Cobbler: all red fruit cobblers

Cookies: caramel cookies

6. 100% Organic Aztec

Cakes and pies: cheesecakes and pies that include dark chocolate

Cobbler: plum

Cookies: all chocolate cookies that use semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips

Pudding: bread pudding

7. 100% Organic Inca Decaf

This decaf coffee is free of a chemical taste that you get with most decafs. It is a medium to dark roast, so it will be enjoyable with almost all desserts!

8. 100% Organic Signature Espresso

This is a gold medal winning, unique 100% organic espresso. This acidic, bright-flavored espresso is enjoyable as a single or double shot. Its toasty, nutty, fruity, spicy and caramel taste will hold up in all lattes and cappuccinos! With all this complexity, it’s an enjoyable espresso that will complement all desserts that have nuts, fruit, spice and caramel in them!

Single Origin

9. 100% Fair Trade Organic Mayan Roast

Cakes and Pies: all citrus type cakes, cheesecakes and pies this coffee will also compliment any cake or pie that has nuts, pecans and cashews on the dessert

Cookies: peanut butter cookies, biscotti, Snickerdoodles

10. Kenya AA Flame Tree

Cakes and Pies: all cakes, cheesecakes and pies with peaches, apricots, nuts and caramel

11. 100% Organic Mexican

Cakes and pies: any pies that have milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and plums

Cookies: all chocolate and chocolate chip cookies

12. Ethiopian

Cakes and pies: all pies with milk chocolate

Cobbler: all fruit cobblers

13. Costa Rican Tarrazu

Cakes and pies: perfect for any cakes or pies that have cherries or black cherries

Cobbler: great with any dark fruit cobbler

Cookies: super with chocolate, honey or molasses flavored cookies 14. Guatemala Antigua - San Rafael Urias

Cakes and pies, cheesecakes included – all desserts that have black cherries, clove, nutmeg and spice will be unbelievable with this coffee