Coffee-flavored chocolate truffles are a popular item at many specialty food shops and chocolatiers. What you may not know is that many truffle makers use instant coffee or coffee flavors to make their truffles rather than using freshly ground coffee, and that you can make your own coffee chocolate truffles easily at home, complete with any kind of coffee you prefer.
Personally, I like to use a Colombian, Kenyan, Sumatran, Yemeni, Ethiopian or Kona coffee when making chocolate truffles with a creamy ganache filling. These types of coffee tend to give the truffles a great balance of coffee and chocolate and add complexity rather than canceling out different notes found in the coffee and chocolate. And, of course, you can add toppings if you'd like -- I usually go for a pure cocoa powder or chopped nuts, but shredded coconut, shaved white chocolate and other ingredients can also work.
Learn to make your own coffee chocolate truffles at home with this easy recipe, or share your pairing / preparation tips for making great coffee chocolate truffles with other readers in the comments below.
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