Special meals and gatherings with friends and family are what the holidays are all about. Our coffee menu will sustain you at every turn, offering a wide range of selections for rounding out all your holiday moments. [Repost from last year's holiday pairing guide, updated to reflect 2018 offerings.]
The Fruitcake Handshake
Revel holiday blend’s cherry cordial notes and chocolaty body provide great structure alongside a dense and nutty fruitcake or any sweet holiday bread. Hearty enough to stand up to a splash of cream but sweet enough to enjoy black.
The citrus sweetness and delicate floral aromatics of Yirgacheffe Negele Gorbitu act as a subtle foil for any rich, buttery pastry, but we think it’s especially lovely in between bites of coconut cream pie. If you’re a fan of adding things to your coffee, go for the French Roast instead, whose smooth, smoky notes will hold up to a splash of cream.
A constantly-refilled cookie platter is a fixture on many kitchen counters in December. From spritz candy canes to fudge to Buckeyes, Mexican Maya Vinic’s subtle cocoa and cinnamon notes will balance out your cookie snacking. (They’re small, so you can have… twelve, right?)
Mix it Up
For mixing into cocktails, and in the absence of an espresso machine, our Mayan Magic Espresso blend brews up quite nice—and quickly—in an Aeropress. Sweet and rich with notes of dried tart cherry upfront and a smooth, dark chocolaty aftertaste, this coffee works well in homemade kahlua and is also an excellent choice for Irish coffee.
The Morning Of
Bleary-eyed and a bit grumpy from staying up too late wrapping presents on behalf of Santa and being woken up before dawn to open presents? Brew up a pot of our version of a breakfast blend, Justice. Subtly juicy and nutty-sweet, a cup or two will coax your taste buds to life and draw you into the magical land of Christmas morning fun and wonder.
Best Gift Coffee
An exceptional coffee from one of our newest partners in eastern DR Congo, Kawa Kanzururu represents our alliance with Virunga National Park and our support of programs there, like economic development projects providing peace and stability to citizens in a volatile region, and the protection of endangered species like the rare and incredible mountain gorillas who live in the park. Give the gift of solidarity and true sustainability in the form of exceptional, unique coffee.
Please the Crowd
When you’re serving up a storm and aren’t familiar with the coffee-drinking preferences of the crowd of guests streaming into your home, go for our Colombian. With its medium body, sweet peach undertones and brown sugar finish, this coffee is sure to please just about everyone no matter the occasion or time of day.
And if you’re in Traverse City over the holidays, stop by our Coffee Bar and Roastery, where our baristas can guide you towards the best choice for any other occasion you can dream of. See you soon.