Bonnie & Clyde
Beans & rice
Dolce & Gabbana
Peas & carrots
Simon & Garfunkel
Some things are just better together, but it’s only recently come to our attention that we’ve been missing out on maybe the most epic pairing of all time: popcorn & coffee. It turns out that this duo has been a thing for a super long time. It’s even a ceremonial tradition in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee and, apparently, great ideas.
Here are a few of our favorite brews from local Chicago roasters served up with the perfect popcorn sidecar.
Dark Matter’s Unicorn Blood + Caramel-Diem
We all know coffee is magic, but Unicorn Blood magics even harder. With notes of peanut butter and chocolate, this only thing missing is a lil’ caramel. Seize the Diem, y’all.
Gaslight’s Cajamarca + In a Caramel Nutshell
This Peruvian coffee boasts notes of cranberry, raisin, nougat, and walnut. So basically, a squirrel’s fantasy blend. Serve up a steaming cup with a side of In a Caramel Nutshell and you’ve basically got yourself a deconstructed protein bar.
Groundswell’s Fazenda Vale de Lua Brazil Espresso + Little Kettle That Could
With notes of toasted cherry, old-fashioned butterscotch, and chocolate, this sweet roast deserves a comparable
sidekick sidecar, so go ahead and give the Little Kettle That Could a spin!
Passion House’s PH Blend + Fruity Fruity Bang Bang
Cherry pie, lemon curd, shortbread, and candied oranges give this little bean a big bang. Pair it with the colorful kernels of Fruity Fruity Bang Bang to compliment those technicolor dream notes.
Tell us your favorite popcorn-coffee combo in the comments!