How to Drink Your Coffee Black

How to Drink Your Coffee Black

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!

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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!

  1.  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.
  2.  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.
  3.  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.
  4.  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!
  5.   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.

Get Started Making Better Coffee!!!

Ok, so here’s a quick and easy starter guide to making better coffee.  If you don’t have a way to make really good coffee, you can start right here:

1. A pour over dripper is the easiest way to start making better coffee.  Good coffee tastes the best when made this way.  Here’s one that I really love!  Don’t forget the filters!





2.  If you want to step up your pour over game, a good gooseneck kettle is the best way to get a nice even controlled pour.  This is the same one that I use every day.

3.  If you don’t have a good burr grinder (a burr grinder allows you to set the coarseness of the grind, unlike a blade grinder) you should really think about getting one.  There’s a lot of manual ones out there, but if you really want to impress your friends, this is the way to go!


4. Once you’ve got everything you need, check out my guide to making great pour over coffee.  Trust me, it’ll change your life!

22 thoughts on “How to Drink Your Coffee Black”

  • I cannot ABIDE coffee with creamer and sugar! Always black. In fact I prefer regular over flavored coffees as well. Guess I’m a purist. (although I do take cream and sugar in my tea, but that’s totally different- tea doesn’t taste as good 😉
    Great mug!

  • Your title intrigued me. Not sure I’ll be testing it out. But maybe. The SO would sure be shocked if I did away with my arsenal of milk and sugar

    • Haha, I totally understand. If you decide to try it, you might be surprised to find that doing it gradually helps you not to notice it much through the process! But in the end, coffee brings joy and happiness however you prefer to enjoy it and that’s what I’m all for 🙂

  • I totally used the “gradual” method to stop using sugar in my tea and coffee, but I haven’t been able to give up the cream (or in my case, coconut milk). I just found a local coffee shop that has a large variety of different kinds of beans and roasts, so I might actually be able to get a decent cup of coffee to try black!

    • That’s awesome to hear that! I’d have to agree that removing the cream is harder, but when you do it very gradually, you really don’t notice along the way! My wife just discovered over the weekend that one of our local coffee shops carries coconut milk and she is pretty excited about that 🙂 I’ve got a really awesome collaboration launching this Friday (Sept 29th) that would be perfect for you if you’re wanting to try GOOD coffee (delivered right to your door), which is so great for anyone who might not otherwise have convenient access to the really good stuff. I’ll have a discount too!

  • My dad switched to drinking black coffee years ago by gradually adding less milk and he never went back. He says adding milk tastes odd now!
    I’ve wanted to stop adding milk for a while now, mostly because it can be a hassle when traveling – especially camping. With these tips, I just might finally be able to do it make the switch too!

  • I wish I could still drink coffee 😭😭😭 so true though! I worked at Starbucks and Coffe Bean as a teenager. It’s all about the beans, roast, and how you make the coffee.

  • Great tips. I only started drinking coffee 3 years ago and I just loaded it with cream and sugar. We now have a coffee grinder and do a pour over. Its still hard for me to drink it black. I will have to try roasting my own beans!

  • Okay, I’m a little scared, but maybe I can drink coffee black. I will keep my sugar and creamer nearby, though! Just kidding. I’m sure really high quality coffees are good. I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a quality coffee without any sweetening enhancement. Now, I’m inspired to try!

  • Love this post. I recently transitioned to black coffee about 3 months ago. I’ll never go back hahaha! I agree you gotta have good coffee to make it work.

  • I usually am not a coffee lover more of a tea person but I love the aroma of coffee beans. My husband is a coffee buff though, will try buying a grinder first and give him without sugar. Hopefully, he will like it.

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