The very idea of drinking black coffee conjures up images of cowboys and other tough guys. In fact, most die-hard coffee lovers consider it a crime against coffee to dilute and muddy the flavor of coffee with cream and sugar.
The following looks at why drinking black coffee can be a revelation for your senses.
Why You Should Consider Drinking Black Coffee?
Each type of coffee bean has its own distinct flavor profile, which can become muted when you add cream and sugar. Some coffees are bright and fruity while others are sweet and creamy. You can even detect notes of chocolate or nuts in certain varieties. The same type of bean can also have a different flavor profile based on where it was grown and how it was roasted.
Health Benefits of Black Coffee
A cup of black coffee is virtually calorie-free and fat-free. Cream and sugar can easily add 300 calories to a cup of coffee. If you do that a couple of times a day, you are drinking the calorie equivalent of the average fast-food value meal.
Black coffee also contains antioxidants that can reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.
Read more: The Goodness of Coffee for Our Health
How to Drink Black Coffee?
If you have always added cream and sugar to your coffee, you may find that your taste buds need some time to adjust to black coffee. If you do not want to give up cream and sugar cold turkey, the following may help you reduce your reliance on coffee condiments.
- Start by measuring the amount of cream and sugar that you use in your coffee. If you are like most people, you will probably be surprised and even a little dismayed at your actual sugar and cream consumption.
- Once you have established your baseline amount of sugar and cream, make a point of sticking to that amount for a full week.
- During the second week, reduce the amount of sugar and cream by one-fourth.
- Reduce the amount by another one-fourth the third week. You should keep repeating the process until you no longer use cream and sugar.
- If you find a level where you no longer enjoy the coffee, try to stick with it for an additional week to give your taste buds time to adjust.
Tips for Switching to Black Coffee
Most people add cream and sugar to their coffee because they do not like the bitterness and acidity; however, not all coffees are bitter or acidic. Do not be afraid to try different roasts and blends until you find one that you enjoy. It is also important to purchase the best coffee beans that you can afford since poor quality coffee will taste bad regardless of what you do to it.
The following are a few single-origins coffees that you may want to try.
• Brazil Cerrado
This coffee has notes of walnut, honey, fruit, and chocolate.
• Mexican Chiapas
This coffee is slightly sweet with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, walnuts, and peaches.
• Guatemalan Huehuetenango
This coffee has a rather complex flavor profile with undertones of nuts, oranges, brown sugar, and chocolate.
• Kenya AA
These beans produce a brew with a bold, robust flavor with hints of fruit, filberts, and chocolate.
• Sumatra Mandheling
In addition to a sweet flavor profile, the body of this coffee is buttery and will linger on your tongue.
Take the opportunity to experiment with different brewing methods. Drip, French press, percolator, and pour-over brewing methods all extract flavors differently and alter the final flavor of the coffee. The key is to find the method that highlights the best qualities of your preferred coffee.
As you transition to black coffee, you should also consider switching to a different coffee cup. You will probably drink less coffee as you reduce the cream and sugar, so it is unlikely that you will need a bowl-sized mug. Color also has an impact on our appetite and taste perception, so try experimenting with the color of your coffee mug.
The subtle flavors of coffee can change as the temperature of the coffee changes. You may find that you like your coffee best after it has cooled slightly.