Kaffeost is a traditional Scandinavian coffee preparation method that pairs coffee with cheese, particularly a cheese called “Leipäjuusto” or “squeaky cheese.” This unique combination creates a sweet and savory flavor experience.
Here’s how to make a great cup of coffee with the kaffeost method:
Freshly brewed coffee
Leipäjuusto cheese (or any mild, squeaky cheese)
Optional: Lingonberry jam or cloudberry jam for serving
Coffee maker or kettle for brewing coffee
A coffee cup or mug
A plate or saucer for serving
Brew the Coffee: Start by brewing a cup of strong, hot coffee using your preferred method. Scandinavian coffee is often on the stronger side, so use a dark roast or extra coffee grounds if necessary.
Prepare the Cheese: Leipäjuusto cheese is usually available in flat, square shapes. You can either cut the cheese into small bite-sized cubes or thin slices. Some people prefer to warm the cheese slightly to enhance the squeaky texture; this can be done by placing it in the microwave for a few seconds.
Serving: Place the cheese cubes or slices on a plate or saucer alongside the brewed coffee.
Enjoy: To enjoy kaffeost, take a piece of cheese and dip it into the hot coffee. Allow it to soak up the coffee for a moment and then take a bite of the cheese. The coffee will soften the cheese, and the combination of the savory cheese with the hot, bold coffee creates a unique and delightful flavor.
Optional Jam: Some people like to complement the flavors of kaffeost with a bit of sweetness. You can serve lingonberry jam or cloudberry jam on the side. Just a small dollop on your plate can be used to add a sweet contrast to the coffee and cheese combination.
Kaffeost is not only a delicious treat but also a cultural experience. It’s a practice that brings people together for conversations and enjoyment. You can adjust the strength of your coffee and the amount of cheese to suit your taste. Enjoy your cup of kaffeost with family or friends, and savor the unique blend of flavors.