Holiday Pairings: The Perfect Accompaniments for Your Brew

Christmas is a time for joy, togetherness, and indulging in delightful treats. While the upcoming holiday season is known for its mouth-watering desserts, it’d be best not to forget about the perfect beverage to complement them – coffee! Whether you’re hosting a festive gathering with the best of friends or simply enjoying a cosy moment surrounded by loved ones, pairing coffee with Christmas desserts can truly elevate your experience to a whole new level. The best part? With Smeg, you can even master café-quality coffee on a budget as you create memorable moments with your loved ones. In this flavourful guide, we share a few delectable coffee and dessert combinations that will make your holiday season even more special.

1. Classic pumpkin pie with a spiced latte

The traditional pumpkin pie is a beloved Christmas dessert, and with its warm spices and creamy texture, it pairs wonderfully with a spiced latte. After all, no holiday coffee pairing guide is complete without the quintessential spice latte! 

The cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the pie resonate with the similar notes in the latte, forging a well-balanced and comforting duo. Moreover, the latte’s frothy milk complements the smoothness of the pie, making it an ideal combination for a cosy evening. To elevate your spiced latte game barista style, you can count on the Smeg MFF11 milk frother to ensure the perfect frothed milk and deliver an authentic latte experience that adds an extra layer of indulgence to your festive moments.

2. Pecan pie and a smooth cold brew

Pecan pie, known for its sweet, nutty feeling, is best enjoyed with a smooth and refreshing cold brew. The cold brew’s lower acidity and smooth, bold flavours enhance the nutty richness of the pie without overwhelming it. And with the gentle caffeine kick from the cold brew that helps balance the sweetness of the dessert, it makes for a delightful combination of sorts.

3. Gingerbread cookies and an espresso

Gingerbread cookies are a staple of the holiday season, with their sweet and spicy flavours that somehow manage to capture the essence of festive warmth in every perfectly baked bite. Pair them with a shot of espresso using Smeg’s ECF01 espresso machine to create a delightful contrast. 

The intense, bold taste of the espresso complements the sweetness of the cookies, making each bite even more satisfying. The rich, roasted undertones of the coffee enhance the spices in the cookies, creating a perfectly balanced fusion of flavours.

4. Peppermint bark and a cappuccino 

Peppermint bark, with its cool, minty freshness and layers of white and dark chocolate, pairs excellently with a great cup of cappuccino. The cappuccino’s creamy espresso base complements the rich chocolate layers, while the foamy milk on top echoes the lightness of the white chocolate. But that’s not all – the addition of a shot of peppermint syrup to your cappuccino can enhance the pairing even further, creating a festive, minty delight.

For the ultimate coffee experience, the Smeg EGF03 espresso machine with an integrated grinder can do just the trick. Using freshly ground coffee beans, this machine allows you to unleash your inner barista by preparing coffee at the correct pressure and temperature. Its sophisticated double thermoblock heating system ensures faster switch-on times and precise water temperature control for steam, brewing, and hot water. As far as coffee machines go, you really can’t go wrong with our newest addition!

5. Fruitcake and a mellow French press

Fruitcake, a fruity and dense Christmas classic, benefits from a more delicate coffee pairing. This is where a mellow French press comes in; a French press coffee provides a gentle backdrop that doesn’t overpower the cake’s unique flavour. The light acidity and subtle floral notes of the French press balance the dense, rich fruitcake, allowing the cake’s fruits and nuts to shine while offering a warm, comforting drink. 

6. Chocolate yule log with a mocha

The indulgent chocolate yule log, or Buche de Noel, is a delicious holiday dessert that pairs well with mocha, for it combines the richness of hot cocoa with the intensity of espresso. The chocolatey notes in the mocha complement the yule log’s chocolate cake and ganache, while the espresso provides a balanced contrast to the dessert’s sweetness.


This Christmas season, take the time to savour the perfect cup of coffee with your favourite holiday desserts and let the flavours of the season dance on your taste buds. For an elevated coffee experience and stylish kitchen appliances this Christmas season, explore Smeg’s range of products that seamlessly blend technology with style. From the precision of coffee machines like the EGF03 espresso machine with an integrated grinder to the sophistication of built in gas hobs in Singapore, Smeg offers a diverse array of appliances that cater to your culinary needs and aesthetic preferences. Visit our website today to discover how you can bring a touch of innovation and elegance to your kitchen, making this holiday season and every day a celebration of functionality and flair.