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Do you drink black coffee? Have you been trying to switch to black coffee but haven’t been able to do it? Learning how to drink black coffee is something every coffee lover should do.
Coffee is filled with unique flavors that will delight your senses, but cream and sugar will dull those flavors and you won’t even know they are there. That is why every coffee lover should learn to drink black coffee. That doesn’t mean you have to ditch cream and sugar altogether, but learn to love black coffee as much as you like it with cream and sugar.
Learn to Love Black Coffee
I’m not going to lie, for many drinking black coffee is, as they say, an acquired taste. This is especially true for those of us that have relied on cream and sugar from the very beginning. You have to learn to love black coffee.
That will take time. But know this: once you do make the switch, you will wonder why you ever added anything to your coffee in the first place. You see, coffee is filled with many different flavors ranging in taste from sweet and fruity to creamy and even bitter. When you add cream and sugar to it, you miss out on those exquisite flavors.
Remember, coffee, and even black coffee, tastes great. You already love it with cream and sugar, but that doesn’t mean you will hate it when it is black. You have to give it a chance.
6 Tips to Drink Black Coffee
If you are ready to make the switch to black coffee, these tips will help make the transition a little easier and, hopefully, more successful.
Tip 1 – Try Different Coffees
There are so many different blends and roasts out there for you to try, and each one of them tastes distinctly different from one another. Some coffee tastes creamy and sweet, others are fruity, while some are strong and bitter. If you’re looking to experiment with black coffees that have vibrant and authentic flavor from other parts of the world, then single origin coffee is a great starter to black coffee.
If you love coffee with cream and sugar, seek out a coffee that has a creamy taste to it even when black. This will help you make the transition to black coffee.
Tip 2 – Change Your Brew Method
Coffee will taste a little different depending on what brew method you decide to use. If you don’t like your coffee from a traditional drip brewer, why not switch to a French press? Each brew method extracts flavors uniquely altering the taste of your coffee. The key is finding the brew method that works best for you.
Tip 3 – Taste Test
Before you add your normal cream and sugar, taste your coffee. Don’t just sip it take a real taste of it and see what you think. This is a great way to begin to expand your coffee tastes even while you are relying on cream and sugar.
Tip 4 – Gradually Reduce Your Need for Cream and Sugar
Slowly reduce your depending on cream and sugar each day you have a cup of coffee. This will help you make the move over to black coffee much more easily. See below for exactly how to do it.
Tip 5 – Go Cold Turkey
If gradually doesn’t work for you, you could always try to go cold turkey. The key here is dedication. In the beginning you may not enjoy your coffee, but stick with it. After a week or two you will wonder why you ever added anything to it in the first place.
Tip 6 – Change Your Mug
This may sound crazy, but studies have shown that your mug color can impact how you perceive the taste of your coffee. For example, if you use a white mug you may believe that your coffee tastes more bitter compared to drinking the same coffee in a clear mug. Try changing up the color of your mug when you drink black coffee to see if that helps the taste.
How to Ditch the Cream and Sugar
Those that use cream and sugar religiously often have a tough time converting to black coffee. However, if you are really dedicated to switching to black coffee, there is a way.
First, measure exactly how much cream and sugar you like to use in your coffee. You do this to establish a baseline of what you normally like to drink in your coffee. Once you have your baseline, stick to that and measure it consistently each week to make sure you don’t go over. After that first week, reduce the amount of cream and sugar you use by one quarter.
Continue for about a week at that new level and then reduce it another quarter. Each week reduce your cream and sugar until you aren’t using any at all. If, during this process, you reach a level that you don’t like, try sticking with that level for two weeks instead of just one. This will give you a chance to adjust to the new taste.
In the end, you will eliminate your need of cream and sugar in your coffee so you can enjoy black coffee in all its glory.
Remember, we aren’t knocking the way you enjoy your coffee. If you like your coffee loaded with cream and sugar, by all means, drink it and love it. What we are trying to do is encourage you to try something new. Expand your coffee horizons.
We won’t guarantee that you will love it, but who knows? With a little experimentation, you may grow to love it. So why not give black coffee a try? We believe if you give it a chance, you may grow to love it as much as your coffee loaded with cream and sugar.
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