It hit me a while back that I was somewhat picky when it came to my choice of beverage while smoking a cigar. I tend to pick something that I thought in my mind would compliment the cigar and not the other way around. Knowing out of experience when lighting up a Hanabos, I need a drink that would intensify the pleasure of my smoke and not lose out any characteristics of the cigar.
That's why I tend to go with an espresso coffee roast (without sugar of course!) as my top choice of beverage while smoking my cigars. But wait, here is the picky part, not any espresso! But a specific roast for every cigar that I smoke.
Allow me to elaborate, all espressos are not created equal! It starts with the coffee bean and from which parts of the world it came from, the harvesting process, the blending, the roasting and then the grinding techniques. The outcome is the different tastes, characteristics, aromas, acidity levels and intensities an espresso will have. That is why I prefer to have my espresso from Nespresso as they capture the different qualities of the coffee beans. Of course you then have other good brands like illy, Lavazza, Segafredo and other Coffee House blends from Caribou Coffee, Columbus Coffee and many more.
Since Nespresso has a wide range of roasts, I personally believe some marry quiet well with each of my cigars. Therefore, After every review I make, it will include a Nespresso roast match to compliment each of the cigars and would love to read your feedback on it.
Of course, with all that said, this will always reflect a personal palate and taste. Everyone is free to drink what they think or taste best while smoking their favorite cigar.