When I first started drinking coffee, I guess you could say I didn’t know what I was doing. I added way too much sugar and probably too much cream and flavored sweeteners too. I also wasn’t buying good coffee, which only contributed to my over addition of cream and sugar. I’ve come a long way since those days… I prefer my coffee black, like God made it… but it’s not like I’m John Wayne or anything. Ok, maybe I do have a John Wayne coffee cup that says “man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” But that’s beside the point.
What I’m trying to say is that although it’s perfectly acceptable to drink your coffee with cream and sugar (disclaimer – I am not saying you can’t drink your coffee this way, this is just an informational post and you are free to drink your coffee however you like!), you miss out on a lot of the coffee experience. People usually drink their coffee that way because they are drinking crappy coffee and that’s the only way to make it actually a little bit enjoyable, trust me, I’ve been there. I was the same way, until I had that one cup, that made me think, wow.. so this is what good coffee tastes like!
The Coffee Obsession Moment
I don’t remember the day, or even the coffee that I had, but I do know that there was a moment in my coffee drinking experience when I realized that this wasn’t just something to drink to keep me from falling asleep in class, or to keep me awake when I was driving for 15 hours after only getting 3 hours of sleep the night before (yeah, that’s how I roll).
The first time I tried fresh roasted, good coffee, I realized that I was passionate about it, and I began my journey to find that perfect cup. That was the moment that I decided that, I love coffee, and coffee loves me. It didn’t take long before I stopped adding cream to my coffee. The decision to omit sugar came years later, while my wife and I decided to go on a sugar free diet (crazy aren’t we!). I had to quit cold turkey, and it actually worked!
Removing the sugar opened up a whole new world for me and my coffee experience. At this point, I was drinking organic, fair trade coffee, and I had a much better understanding of how to make it the right way. Drinking coffee black, no sugar added, revealed all the flavors that the coffee itself contained. It was ABSOLUTELY EYE OPENING!!
If you’re looking for a reason to drink your coffee black, you can probably start with the fact that its good for you!! Yeah that’s right, coffee is actually healthy and contains all kinds of antioxidants, AND it’s been linked to longer life! Don’t believe me? Look at my post on how coffee can make you live longer. Also, coffee with no added ingredients has nearly ZERO calories.
How to Drink Black Coffee
If you’ve been wondering how people can drink their coffee black, you are in the same boat I was once in. So let me give you some great tips on how to drink your coffee black, and actually enjoy it!
- Stop drinking crappy coffee. Put the can of Folgers away! That coffee is no where near fresh, and it’s going to taste bitter. Go out to your local coffee shop, or roaster if you live near one, and pick up a bag of their coffee.
- Buy a coffee grinder, and start grinding your own coffee beans. You’re going to notice that when you grind your beans right before you make your coffee, it’s going to taste better, and the flavor notes will be stronger.
- Use the right coffee to water ratio. Using too little coffee is going to result in a very bitter, and flavorless cup. It’s better to brew your coffee too strong than too weak. A weak cup can’t be fixed, but a cup that’s too strong can always be diluted.
- Buy unroasted coffee beans and roast them yourself! It’s easier than you think, and you’ll absolutely be drinking the freshest coffee out there. If you don’t know how to roast your own coffee beans, or where to buy them, here’s a step buy step guide to roasting coffee beans in a popcorn popper. If you need a good place to buy beans, sweet maria’s is a great place to look!
- Finally, if you absolutely can’t fathom the idea of not putting cream or sugar in your coffee, try doing it gradually. I’ve actually tried this, and it worked for a period of time, but I was still drinking crappy coffee and it didn’t last long.
Hopefully after reading this, you’ll decide to give it a try. What’s the harm? If you don’t like it (which I’m sure you will), it’s not like you wasted a perfectly good cup of coffee, you can just add what you like back into it. But, I think you’ll discover once you start buying good fresh, whole bean coffee, and brewing it properly, that you will love the taste of black coffee.