Growing up, coffee wasn’t a big thing for us, and all I knew about coffee was that it was instant and that I wanted mine with milk and added sugar… at least 2 heaped spoons!
I have come a long way since then, and today I really can’t stand the taste of instant coffee at all. I guess I could compare it to drinking watered down orange juice made from concentrate, compared to the invigorating taste of freshly squeezed orange juice – there simply is no fair comparison!
“There simply is no fair comparison!”
Today I prefer freshly roasted beans, freshly ground just before the coffee is made.
I drink my coffee black and I prefer it strong (regular or espresso). The only exception is when I drink milk-based coffee like a cappuccino or a flat white.
I have also learned to drink my coffee without any sugar at all, and there is nothing sweeter (pun intended) than a freshly made cup of coffee without anything else added to it.
“I have also learned to drink my coffee without any sugar at all, and there is nothing sweeter…”
The Problem With Excessive Sugar
Regardless of how you take your coffee, if you drink your coffee with sugar there is ample reason why you should curb this habit and start drinking your coffee withOUT sugar. High-sugar diets (processed foods, regular soda drinks and sweets) are a primary cause of obesity (see this article from The Epoch Times), and is officially recognized as a risk factor for many diseases and even shorter lifespan.
If you are used to sugar in your coffee, making the switch can be difficult. However, coffee is one more source of sugar for many, and based on solid research it is definitely worth putting in the effort to cut down on sugar wherever we can.
Even if you are someone who don’t consume a lot of sugar except for coffee, you might be surprised to find that your overall diet converts into more sugar than you may think.
The good news is, coffee without sugar can be enjoyable, even if you don’t necessarily think so now. For me it was a process, but today I can’t stand the taste of coffee with sugar.
In this post I explain how I was able to make the switch and hopefully it will help you too.
Switching From White To Black
When I was 14 years old my school holidays consisted of playing computer games right through the night, and drinking lots and lots of coffee to stay awake for the fun.
It was also during this time when I went from drinking coffee with milk to drinking black coffee instead.
A friend of mine came back from boarding school for the holidays, and it was during our long nights of playing strategy games that he educated me on the “better and more socially acceptable” way of drinking coffee.
Of course, drinking black coffee didn’t have as much to do with being socially acceptable as it did with being in a boarding school with limited access to fresh milk. Nevertheless, I tried it black and after a few cups I agreed – black was better!
Switching From Instant To Freshly Ground
After school, there was a time when I didn’t really drink coffee at all. For the most part I drank fresh juices and green tea.
That was until a few years ago when I stayed with a friend who introduced me to freshly ground coffee. On top of the freshly ground coffee, he had an industrial espresso machine in his kitchen. This meant I was able to fix myself an Americano from a real espresso machine as I left for work in the mornings.
Over the next 6 months I underwent a complete paradigm shift in what I knew about coffee, and I realised my world had altered and I would never be able to voluntarily drink instant coffee again.
Learning To Drink Coffee Without Sugar
Learning to choose black coffee over white coffee wasn’t difficult for me.
Once I was introduced to ground coffee, appreciating the superiority of ground coffee over instant coffee was a no-brainer.
However, learning to drink coffee without any sugar was not easy.
I must admit, my initial motivation to drink coffee without sugar didn’t originate from the desire to be a true connoisseur. It was more a result of reading article upon article explaining the dangers of consuming sugar in high quantities, like this one from Dr Mercola called “How High-Sugar Diets Speed You Toward an Early Grave”.
It came to a point where I could no longer ignore the fact that most of my sugar consumption was from coffee, and I either had to drastically reduce my coffee consumption (like that was even an option?) or learn how to drink coffee without sugar.
In describing how I made the switch I deliberately used the word “transitioned”, because unlike switching from white to black in a matter of a few days, the process of learning to drink coffee without sugar took much longer than I expected.
My brother encouraged me by saying I only needed to persist, and that eventually I would love the taste.
I started by gradually decreasing the amount of sugar I was adding to my coffee until I got over the initial shock, and then I didn’t add any at all.
For me this wasn’t easy. I guess this is one of the biggest drawbacks to being used to coffee with sugar from childhood. It really is a paradigm shift and something my body kicked against for weeks.
… then for months.
… then after almost a year I was still not really used to it the taste of unsweetened coffee.
However, after a year I discovered that I had developed a new appreciation for coffee, but not just any coffee. It had to be freshly roasted, freshly ground, no milk and no sugar coffee.
The best kind there is.
Unfortunately many people miss out on this amazing drink because they are too addicted to their sugar, or they are not willing to go through the process of successfully transitioning.
I’m sure there are many people who didn’t have this problem, but for me making the transition was quite a journey. Be that as it may, it was a worthwhile journey, and today I can’t stand the taste of sugar in coffee.
I hope this post inspires you to make healthier choices too, like cutting down on your sugar and by choosing superior speciality coffee that is actually good for you.
We would love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Until the next cup :)