How To Drink Black Coffee And Actually Enjoy It
How To Drink Black Coffee
For many people, the act of drinking coffee, while enjoyable, has become a habit. Before leaving for work, on the way to work, at work, on lunch break; these are all times where we typically find ourselves heading over to the coffee machine or reaching for our already-made cup or thermos without thinking much of it. Part of the habit, of course, revolves around what it is we put in our coffee.
One of the main reasons to drink your coffee black is because is healthier. If you are reading this, you probably add sugar, milk or cream in your coffee, right? Let me tell you that black coffee has almost 0 calories.
On top of that, black coffee is good for you. If you add sugar or too much cream, the benefits of black coffee will be diluted.
But that is not the only reason. When you drink your coffee black, you can taste its real flavor, and when you get used to it, there’s no turning back. But, how to drink back coffee?
Following this simple advice, you will also learn how to love black coffee.
Reduce Sugar Gradually
Drinking coffee without sugar is not as hard as it may seem.
If you take note of how much sugar you use in your coffee on a daily basis, you can reduce that sugar a little bit every week until you’re not using it at all.
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This is just an example, you can do it at your own pace.
The same thing can be done with milk or cream. Just make sure to measure everything out.
Replace Sugar With These Natural Alternatives
When it comes to sugar (or milk/cream), there are quite a few natural alternatives which may be used. You can alternate between this options to make your coffee more interesting and healthy.
Cinnamon has many health benefits. You can use cinnamon powder or cinnamon extract. Both are delicious in coffee. You can add it before or after brewing.
Cocoa also has many health benefits, and it’s delicious. Unsweetened of course.
Just a little bit of vanilla extract could add a new dimension to your coffee. You can even make your own extract at home.
Put Salt In Your Coffee
While it may sound ridiculous at first, adding just a pinch of salt can dramatically reduce the bitter taste. Didn’t work? Add another pinch.
Use Fresh Coffee
No, that instant coffee you bought isn’t fresh, even though you just bought it yesterday. For little extra cost, grinding your own coffee beans can greatly enhance the flavor of your coffee. Typically, the bold coffee flavor is increased more than the bitterness, generally outweighing any unlikable flavor to some degree or another.
Try Different Roasts
The degree to which coffee beans are roasted is one of the most important factors that determine the taste of the coffee in the cup.
Up until now, the strength or acidity of your coffee hasn’t mattered all that much, being that adding more sugar and cream would always make it drinkable. Now; however, this isn’t very much the case.
There are many different roast levels for coffee, and the most common way to describe them is by the color of the roasted beans.
Try different roast levels and find out what’s your favorite. Also, coffee’s taste can vary according to its origin. Find a brand that suits your particular taste. You may try organic coffee too.
Keep Your Coffee Maker Clean
If you’ve been using sugar and cream in your coffee, you’ve been covering up tastes; much like adding extra ketchup on a not-so-great hot dog.
If you’re not the type to regularly clean your coffee maker, you may notice a bit of a funky taste upon cutting out cream and sugar. It’s recommended that you give it a good clean before making the switch and then regularly after that.
Consider Specialty Coffee
The world of specialty coffee is vast, and companies like Atlas Coffee Club work to bring all the various tasting notes of coffee to the public (there are over 800!). When you take your coffee black, you are opening up a world of tasting notes, aromas, and natural flavors of beans that you may have never noticed before
Now that we show you how to drink black coffee, you have no excuse. You will be surprised because when you get used to it, you can’t go back.
Try this: after a few months of drinking black coffee, try taking one sip of someone else’s sweet coffee. You will find it way too sweet, even disgusting!
Well, that’s what happened to me, but I bet that it will happen to you too.