Looking for ideas to make your Bach in Brandenburg viewing experience an extra special night in? We’ve pulled together some culinary treats for you to try!

While there are many fantastic recipes from the area where Bach spent most of his life, we thought we would concentrate on one of the things Bach loved most… Coffee!

Bach loved coffee so much that he wrote a Coffee Cantata which includes the lyrics

“If I couldn’t three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish, I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat. … Ah! How sweet coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, milder than muscatel wine.”

Everyone has their preferred method for making coffee whether it be by drip, press, or pour-over (or by avoiding altogether). Since it’s such a personalized choice we will leave the method up to you. Instead, here are some recipes that pair well with coffee or use coffee as an ingredient!

Coffee cake, also known as Kaffeekuchen is often found in many a family recipe book. We love this version with cinnamon and nuts.

Looking for something a bit more bite-sized that satisfies your sweet tooth and uses up some of that extra coffee you made? Here’s a tasty recipe for some mocha cupcakes!

The cupcakes and the icing include brewed coffee so it’s a great way to use up that coffee you may have forgotten in the microwave this morning. (This is a judgement-free zone!)

Want to go all out with a decadent cake that includes coffee as an ingredient? This Three Layer Chocolate Ganache Cake is the way to go.

Looking for something a bit more savory to go with all the decadent desserts?

Why not try this roast cooked in coffee.

You could also test out these Brie Appetizers with Bacon-Plum Jam.

There’s also the cowboy-inspired coffee rub for your steak dinner.

Who knew there were so many ways to incorporate coffee into every part of your meal!

Feeling like there’s too much caffeine in your life? You could always have the feast Bach enjoyed after dedicating the new organ in Halle on May 3, 1716:
– Beef Bourguignon
– Sardines and pike
– Smoked ham
– A side plate of peas
– A side plate of potatoes
– Spinach
– Belgian endive
– Roast Mutton
– Veal
– Squash
– A head of lettuce
– Glazed donuts
– White radishes
– Candied lemon peel
– Fresh butter
– Cherry preserves

Sounds like a very full meal for an organ that offers very full sound!

Whatever you choose to pair with Bach in Brandenburg we know it will be a treat!

Happy caffeinating.

(We wonder what Bach would have thought of the whipped coffee trend.)