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Do Cigars go with Coffee? How to Pair Cigars and Java.

Have you ever tried pairing cigars with coffee? Maybe you’re a cigar smoker and have been looking for the perfect way to wind down your day. Or perhaps you’re a coffee drinker who has never considered what goes best with java. If so, read on!

Keep reading to learn why we believe cigars pair perfectly with freshly-brewed coffee, and our favorite coffee and cigar pairings.

So here we go, how to pair coffee and cigars.

Cigars and Coffee, Friends or Enemies?

Well, it depends on who you ask. Some coffee drinkers believe that cigars and coffee are enemies – that the two don’t go together. But cigar smokers often enjoy pairing their smokes with a hot cup of joe. So, who’s right?

In reality, it’s all about personal preference. If you like the taste of cigars and coffee together, then go for it! But if you’re not sure, it might be wise to start with a mild cigar and a light roast coffee. That way, you can taste both flavors without them overpowering each other.

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Cigars and Coffee: A Perfect Pairing

There are a few reasons why cigars and coffee make such a great pairing. First of all, both are flavorful and complex. Secondly, they’re both enjoyed best when sipped slowly. And finally, they both have a rich history dating back hundreds of years.

So, if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy cigars, try pairing them with coffee. You might be surprised at how well the two flavors complement each other.

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Cigar/Coffee Pairing

Cigar smokers and coffee drinkers want to know how to pair their favorite cigar with their favorite cup of coffee.

It’s essential to understand the various flavors, strengths, aromas, and finishes in cigars and coffee before pairing them together. A good cigar should match a good coffee–both need to be complementary, not competing, flavors.

Some people might think it’s impossible to find a good coffee to pair with a cigar, but that’s not the case. There are plenty of great coffees out there that can complement a cigar perfectly. To make the perfect pairing, you need to find the proper coffee that will complement the cigar’s flavor.

Understanding Coffee & Cigar Flavors

Cigars are characterized according to tasting notes such as nutty, woody, sweet, smoky, leathery, herbal, and spicy.

Coffee can be floral or bitter, with plenty of opportunities for cigar flavors to overlap. Coffee and tobacco share much in common, too, so identifying critical details like a cigar’s strength or country of origin helps us interpret its flavor profile.

Some coffee flavors are especially complementary with cigars. For example, a rich Nicaraguan puro can be enhanced by a dark roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with sweet berry and floral notes. The cigar’s earthiness is balanced by the coffee’s fruitiness and acidity when paired together.

Other popular cigar pairings include Honduran and Mexican cigars with Guatemalan coffee, Brazilian Maduros with Sumatran coffee, and Dominican Republic cigars with Indonesian coffees.

In general, pairing a light-bodied cigar with a lighter roast coffee is recommended, while pairing a fuller-bodied cigar with a darker roast is typically more successful. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule, so it’s always best to experiment and find what works for you.

Coffee and Cigar Pairings: Mild Cigar & Light or Medium Roast Coffee

Arturo Fuente Chateau Series cigars have been paired with coffee for decades among cigar enthusiasts.

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Series pair with coffee

This nutty Dominican cigar is one of the finest cigars available, made by legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente. Any time of day, savor a high-quality, well-priced blend that goes wonderfully with a blonde roast or medium-bodied coffee.

The original Montecristo is best paired with light blonde roast coffees. A creamy profile of cedar, cashews, and buttered toast provides a little spice while not overpowering a blonde roast coffee’s delicate and nutty flavor.

Montecristo Cigars pair with coffee

Montecristo cigars are handmade in the Dominican Republic in a variety of classic forms to fit your preference.

Coffee and Cigar Pairings: Medium to Full-Bodied Cigars & Medium-Dark Roast Coffee

When you’re enjoying a cup of medium to dark-roast coffee, the Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is an excellent choice.

La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Reserva pair with coffee

This coffee and cigars go together like Aristophanes and Euripides or like hot dogs and mustard. Some people love the taste of them together, others can’t stand it. But if you’re looking for an interesting pairing, give it a try.

Here’s why we believe it’s an excellent pairing:

A wide range of almonds, cacao, espresso coffee beans, and cracked black pepper create tremendous changes in flavor when switched in and out of classic forms. An oily San Andrés wrapper leaf embraces a well-aged blend of high-quality.

San Cristobal Quintessence Cigars pair with coffee

The San Cristobal Quintessence is also an excellent cigar to smoke with your morning coffee. In this vintage model, a Cuban-seed wrapper covers a historic Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. 

The rich, smoky taste of this unusual cigar is bolstered by medium and dark roast coffees. They don’t overwhelm the complex 95-rated cigar, which was named “#3 Cigar of the Year” in Cigar Aficionado.

Wood, molasses, leather, and spices combine in a powerful yet balanced conclusion perfect for a dark roast coffee (or even a cup of black coffee).

Coffee and Cigar Pairings: Strong Full-Bodied Cigars & Strong Dark or Medium Roast Coffee

A strong cigar calls for a strong coffee right?

Ashton VSG Cigars pair with coffee

The Ashton VSG is a testament that exceptional cigars may be highly refined. An intricate combination of premium Dominican long-fillers is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sumatra-seed wrapper cultivated in volcanic soils.

A complex mix of cedar, espresso, leather, earth, and spices layers the tongue in a sophisticated conclusion.

VSG goes excellent with a dark roast coffee, as the high-quality coffee bean will bring out the earthy tones in the cigar.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Cigars pair with coffee

Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro is also delicious with a medium or dark roast. From an exceptional blend of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been aged for a long time, you’ll get notes of fresh coffee, cracked black pepper, baking spices, dark chocolate, and wood. Make yourself some coffee and enjoy it with this renowned combination.

Veteran-Owned Coffee Company

Now that you know all of the different coffee and cigar pairings, it’s time to find the perfect coffee to smoke with your cigars. We suggest Red White and Badass Brews, a veteran-owned and operated coffee company.

Not only do they have some of the best coffee known to man, but they also donate a portion of their proceeds to veteran-oriented charities.

Some of their coffee blends include:

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Whiskey Business

This coffee is for those mornings when you need to get things done. Whiskey Business has enough caffeine to help you wake up, and the whiskey flavor will help you avoid headaches.

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Sleepy Joe

Looking for a decaf french roast that will help you unwind? Sleepy Joe Decaf Blend is the coffee for you! This coffee is ideal for individuals seeking for a mild, smooth cup of coffee without the jitters.

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Mother of all Brews

This blend’s delicious name and enticing aroma aren’t the only things that set it apart. The bomb is this combination of chocolate, caramel, and smooth fruit notes! We can assure you that M.O.A.B., will keep you coming back for more.

And our favorite.

grenade high caffeine coffee from Red White and Kickass Brew veteran owned coffee


The Grenade is a force to be reckoned with! RWBB uses the highest caffeine concentration coffee beans, as well as a smooth dark roast, to create this unique beverage. It’s ideal for police officers, workout supplements, and caffeine aficionados.

After you find the perfect cigar on our website, be sure to head over to Red White and Badass Brews and find the ideal coffee to pair with it!


So, what’s the best way to enjoy a cigar and coffee? It depends on your taste preference.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a cigar enthusiast, a coffee lover, or a smoker who doesn’t really drink coffee – we’ve got the perfect cigar and coffee pairings for you!

If you’re looking for a mild cigar and light roast coffee, try Arturo Fuente Chateau Series cigars with a mellow cup of blonde roast coffee.

Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is one of our coffee and cigar pairing for medium to full-bodied cigars and medium-dark roast coffees.

And for strong, full-bodied cigars and dark or medium roast coffee, the Ashton VSG and Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro are both excellent options. Experiment with different combinations to find what you like best!

Just remember coffee and cigars can be friends, or they can be enemies.  it all depends on your personal preference.

Browse our online store to find the perfect cigar to go with your favorite coffee now.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to help!

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