Licorice is a flavor that people either love or hate; there is little ambivalence when it comes to preference. I happen to like it very much. It has a very fresh flavor similar to fennel and mint, but it also has a toasted, Maillard-like flavor, which makes it unique. It pairs well with coffee since it shares the toasted notes and the warmth of its flavor. The pain d’épices is a mixture of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, black pepper, anise seeds, and orange zest) that enhance the dominant flavor of the licorice and the coffee. The pomegranate adds an acidic note that pushes the bitterness from the coffee forward.
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