How to Drink Black Coffee and Enjoy It Too!
Drinking coffee is enjoyable – no questions asked. The act of sipping on a cup of joe has become a habit for many of us. We drink coffee on our way to work, during those late-night study sessions, or while catching up with old friends.
A main part of why drinking coffee has become a habit is the ingredients within it. Many of us pack it with milk, sugar, or cream. While these are key ingredients to a mug filled with greatness, it is also not the healthiest pick me up.
Have you ever thought about taking your coffee black?
If the answer is no, this guide may make you reconsider. Here, we’ll cover the benefits offered and how to enjoy black coffee. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping on a plain cup of joe and enjoying it just as much as you enjoyed drinking a sugar-packed one!
Black Coffee Benefits
Let’s start with the WHY. Taking your coffee black is healthier than drinking it with cream or sugar. This may not come as a surprise, but the benefits go beyond the zero calories or carbs.
A cup of black coffee is a diet-friendly energy drink that will keep you awake and keep the excess weight off. It also has amazing benefits for your skin, reduces the risk of several diseases such as cancer, increases fiber intake, and manages diabetes.
However, a lot of these benefits are lost when you add sugar or cream to your cup. Is it worth compromising taste for improved health? We will leave that up to you to answer.
Be sure to stick around to learn tips and tricks to having black coffee and enjoying it too!
Making the Switch
We all have that one friend that always takes their coffee black and is proud of it too! So much, they wear this distinction like a badge of honor. This isn’t only because plain java can be difficult to drink, but also because of all the benefits they’re intaking sip after sip.
The truth is that there are people who love black coffee naturally, and then there are some that don’t. If you’re reading this, you’re probably the latter and want to learn how to drink black coffee.
In this next section, we want to share with you some tips and tricks on making the switch. The process doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be, dare we say it… enjoyable!
Reduce Sugar Intake
Don’t go cold turkey when making the switch to black coffee. Instead, gradually reduce the intake of the amount of sugar you use. If you use two tablespoons of sugar per cup, reduce this to 1 ½ tablespoon the next time around. Go at your own pace, but make sure to reduce the amount every time (same with milk and cream).
Replace the Sugar
There are some alternatives you can use instead of sugar, cream, or milk. Consequently, you’ll be enjoying healthier coffee that tastes great too. Here are some of our favorite alternatives:
- – Cinnamon. Use cinnamon powder or extract. They are both delicious in coffee, and you can add them before or after brewing.
- – Cocoa Powder. This alternative offers several health benefits and is delicious. Just be sure to take it unsweetened, of course!
- – Vanilla Extract. Add some new flavor to your cup of joe with a little bit of vanilla extract. A little goes a long way, so be sure to use it in moderation.
- – Salt. Yes, you heard right. This may sound strange at first, but a pinch of salt will reduce the bitter taste of black coffee. Still too bitter? Add another pinch!
Use Fresh Coffee
Grinding your very own beans will enhance the flavor of your coffee. There’s nothing like fresh coffee to get your day started. Remember that instant coffee isn’t fresh, even if you just purchased it yesterday. The moment it’s grounded is the moment beans start oxidizing, hence a loss of flavor. If you’re having trouble drinking black coffee, try grinding your own beans instead.
Keep Your Coffee Maker Clean
Even if you’re brewing top-quality java, if your appliance isn’t clean, your coffee won’t be either. Sometimes the reason people use so much sugar and cream is to mask not so great flavors. To ensure a fresh, clean cup of joe, make sure your appliance is properly maintained. Your appliance should be cleaned a few times a year (more or less depending on how often you make java).
Now that you know how to drink (and enjoy) black coffee, you have no excuse not to try it. You’ll be surprised at how good you get at making and enjoying black coffee. After a few months of sticking to this healthier alternative, we guarantee that sweet coffee won’t taste the same.
We also know you’ll have a change of heart when it comes to the way you take your java. Just like your friend, you’ll be proud to take your coffee black and reap all the benefits!