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Thanksgiving and Coffee

Nov 11, 2020 | Blog, Blog Home, Recipes

With many Thanksgiving plans virtual or simply cancelled, one way to make the day better is to go ahead and have some fun. Test your skills in your very own kitchen and delight in your success by eating the delicious meal you made. And if you are looking for a way to counter that Tryptophane sleepiness, go ahead and add some coffee in the mix!

We have gone ahead and done the research for you this year. We are offering up some of our favorite, and delicious finds to incorporate coffee into your Thanksgiving lineup.


Nothing says welcome to the party like a delicious appetizer. Brie Appetizers with Bacon-Plum Jam designed to look as good as they taste. A combination of soft brie and crisp baguette with the tangy, sweet jam make this a starter people will love.


Want to try something a bit fancier that the same old coffee cocktail? Try a Roman Holiday. An updated version of the Jungle Bird that skips the rum and instead brings Amaro Meletti to the forefront. With both floral and caramel notes, adding in a cinnamon stick for a pleasant aroma as you sip.

After dinner? Give Tipsy Iced Coffee a try for those family members who want a cooler cup of coffee after dinner. Slushy and sweet as it simply melts into itself.

And for those guests who still want a warm cup to go with their dessert? Give them the taste of Brazil in the form of a Café Brasileiro. Many coffee cocktails simply add a shot of liquor to the coffee, but this is a little more interesting. The recipe features cachaça and chocolate liqueur along with a touch of homemade vanilla cream. Definitely worth a try.

Side Dishes

The complex, bittersweet syrup for these roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Maple is inspired by Southern redeye gravy. You simply have to try a mouthful of this earthy, rich assortment of flavors to fall in love with this dish.

Since Fall is the season for root vegetables, prepare a side of Carrots Slow-Baked on Coffee Beans. Pulled from the menu at Coi, Daniel Patterson’s ashram for food in San Francisco’s North Beach, this dish is simple enough to prepare. What you will not be prepared for is the mix of sweet carrots and smoky coffee bringing forth an earthly delight.

Main Course

Smoked Turkey with a Sweet Coffee Glaze is oh so good. All you need is a grill with a lid and some hickory wood chips (or if you have a smoker of your own that’ll do simply fine).  It only takes about 3 hours to fully smoke the turkey.


If pecan pie is the standard at your home, try throwing your guests for a loop with a Coffee Walnut Pie. This caramel coffee filled pie is easy to make and 100 times better than anything bought from the store.

And there you have it! A Thanksgiving meal that will please the pickiest of palates. Need some ideas as to which coffee to pick, you can never go wrong with a solid Single Origin coffee. Grab a bag here!