How to Enjoy Black Coffee! Seriously...

Maybe it's the New Year, and you're trying to cut back on the sugar. Maybe you just left the dentist, and they told you your cavities are due to drinking sugar laden coffee all day long. Whatever brought you here you're thinking of taking the black coffee plunge, and we're here to help!

Ok just a quick back story. The cavity thing... yeah, that happened to Trent. When he heard his cavities were because of his sugary coffee add-ins he asked what he could do about it. The response, "Either drink your coffee first thing in the morning and finish with a brush, or cut out the sugar and drink black coffee to your heart's content." Like a boss he just quit the Italian Sweet Cream. Cold turkey. Like, one day he was loading up his coffee with sugary creamer, and the next he wasn't. It was cray.

For me (Sarah) it was different. I had no interest in the black coffee madness. Like who actually enjoys black coffee? Psychopaths? But then I went in for a coffee tasting, and saying I wanted cream and sugar would have cast me off like a leper in Bible times. So I did it. I drank black coffee for the first time in my life. And I realized something that day. When coffee is actually good, it tastes good black. At that point I was hooked.

Whether you have to cut the sugar, want to cut the sugar, or are just intrigued by the possibility of enjoying black coffee we're going to give you 5 tips to get you off on the right foot. Here we go!

  1. Buy High Quality Coffee

If you've been putting cream and sugar in your coffee since you started drinking it, or if your go-to beverage is a latte from Starbucks, you probably think "coffee is coffee, and it all tastes terrible black." Yo! Trust me when I tell you... All coffee is not created equal. There are so many intricacies that can effect the quality of coffee beans (Note to self: write a blog on coffee quality.) but I'd be willing to bet one reason why you don't like black coffee is because the coffee you've been drinking isn't that great.

  1. Try a Lighter Roast

More than likely, if you've been adding cream and sugar to your coffee you gravitate to a medium, dark, or super dark roasts. And that makes sense. Lighter roasts don't hold up to the cream and sugar like the darker roasts do, but guess what. Light roast coffees tend to be much sweeter naturally. What that means is that the lighter you go the less you'll need those add-ins to make your coffee enjoyable.

  1. Make Your Coffee at Home

Listen, I know you're busy. I know it's easier to snag a coffee through a drive-thru, but here's the deal. When you brew your coffee at home you can tweak things and make your coffee work for you. You can make sure your machine is clean, water is filtered, and beans are freshly ground. You can see what your coffee tastes like if you add a little more (or less) grounds or if you grind your coffee a little more (or less) coarse. That coffee drive-thru you've been hitting up isn't asking how you'd like your coffee. They're telling you how to like your coffee. Start making it at home, and get it the way you like it.

  1. Try a New Brewing Method

If you've been making your coffee in a regular pot or Keurig and you switch to a better quality coffee I can promise you'll notice a positive difference. But it still may feel... odd. James Clear in his book, Atomic Habits, says, "If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead." Your current system of brewing coffee is associated with a certain outcome (cream and sugar). If you switch up the system it'll trick your brain into expecting something different. Try a different brewer, like a French press, Chemex, or Hario v60, and make the whole experience new. It may be just what you need to can the sugar and enjoy that black cuppa joe.

5. Commit

Any change in your habits takes time to take root. If you want to enjoy your coffee black then commit to being a black coffee drinker. It'll definitely take a little time to get used to, but if you commit then it's a done deal. You aren't going back, and because you're resilient you'll figure out how to make it work for you. And if you combine your commitment with our other 4 tips you won't have to force yourself to like black coffee. You actually will!

Happy Brewing!
Sarah 🖤

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