Coffee is a favourite way to start the day in many households and is a must with breakfast. However, it can also accent lunch and dinner in artful ways. With so many roasts, varieties and flavours as well as endless espresso drink possibilities, there’s truly something for everyone.
Don't settle for burnt or boring coffee at your next party or get-together. Try something new! Laissez-faire Catering is here to assist you in selecting the perfect java accents for your catered event. With more than two decades of experience, we’re your premiere source for event catering and corporate catering in Sydney. Whether you are looking to cater a wedding or a business event, we’ll help you to create the perfect setting and menu in a way that’s sustainable and in harmony with the season.
However, you can draw inspiration from a variety of sources in your own event planning and entertaining at home. Whether it's a dinner party with friends or a brunch with the family, coffee service need not be ordinary. Consider these coffee and espresso drink ideas:
A New Take On Coffee For Breakfast
When it's winter in Australia, going for something hot and comforting in the morning can help with easing into the day. However, if you want to add flair, consider making hot cappuccino instead. You might also whip up some flat white (espresso with microfoam – steamed milk with fine, velvety bubbles) for those who want a subtle departure from coffee.
If you have guests who are feeling a little more adventurous, consider serving them a Moroccan spiced coffee recipe. See this recipe from The Hungry Traveler blog.
There are plenty of traditional options when it comes to breakfast fare. For something different and perfect with coffee, you might try an innovative gourmet banana bread topped with espresso glaze. See the recipe from How Sweet Eats.
Coffee with Lunch
With one of the farm to table lunches offered by Laissez-faire Catering, coffee is far from an afterthought. You can take the same approach at home by serving a coffee your guests don’t typically drink. Some suggestions include:
Macchiato. This espresso drink includes a small amount of foamed milk.
Ristretto. This drink beverage features a short shot of espresso along with a standard amount of ground coffee; however, it is brewed much stronger with just half the normal amount of water.
Venetian. This is a sweet coffee drink. Consider including amaretto or sambuca if your guests are interested. You can also top a Venetian with whipped cream to make it a decadent dessert drink.
Not sure what to serve for lunch? Keep the coffee theme going with coffee-braised short ribs. Try this succulent recipe from Food Republic.
The Perfect Dinner Accent
The best time to serve coffee with dinner is right after the meal. A perfectly brewed medium or dark roast will do the trick for many of your guests – keep a smooth decaf on hand for those who don’t want to have caffeine too late in the evening. It is the perfect way to end a meal. It keeps the conversation going and enhances the flavors you and your guests have just experienced. Drinking coffee after a meal also helps aid in digestion.
For a departure from what’s expected, you might also give guests the option of Pakistani Coffee with Cinnamon & Cardamom. This recipe from Global Table Adventure shows you exactly how to prepare the perfect cup.
For a cooler and more dessert-like option, consider serving your guests Vietnamese Iced Coffee after dinner. The addition of condensed sweetened milk ensures it’s lush, cold and strong. Guests will love ending their meal with this delicious coffee-based option. It’s also rich enough to serve as a stand-alone dessert option. Get the recipe at The Sugar Hit.
Whether or not you decide to serve coffee with or after dinner, you might also include a coffee themed dessert to follow the meal. One of our old favourites is tiramisu. There are so many ways to make this Italian classic, and you can prepare it a day before and serve up on the night.
As for a main course in keeping with the theme, look for ways to incorporate a coffee-inspired sauce on a main dish or an espresso marinade for meat. Ham or pork loin roast with a coffee glaze will delight their senses, or consider adding a side dish with coffee accents to any entrée.
More than just a way to wake up in the morning, coffee and espresso drinks can be the perfect accent for any meal of the day. At Laissez-faire Catering, we select every element of our menu with care and pride. Count on us for fresh sustainable event catering and corporate catering in Sydney and the surrounding areas.
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