Learning to Love Black Coffee

Did you know that black coffee has 0 calories? With cream and sugar, however, a 12 oz cup averages around 300, with as much as 12 grams of fat, and half of those being saturated fats. That’s almost as much as a burger from the worst fast food restaurant you can think of. Whether you’re counting calories or trying to broaden your palate, we’re going to teach you how to drink, and actually enjoy black coffee. A lot of people don't actually realize how much of it they consume daily, especially those of you that drink sweetened coffee. Here are a few tips to help you cut it out.


1. Realize how gross it is

It's processed through animal bones to produce that desirable, bleach-white color.

"When it gets harvested from the cane, sugar is brown. Since brown food is aesthetically less pleasing, it is often turned white. Some companies bleach the bones of cows and then burn them into “bone char”, which is added to brown cane sugar to make it white. Usually, sugar companies don’t list whether they use bone char or less disgusting methods." -Distractify


2. Accept what it does to your body

Not only is sugar fattening, it tricks you into thinking that you're hungrier than you actually are.

"Eating too much added sugar allows the fructose found in sugar and high-fructose corn syrup to send your hunger hormones into a tailspin. The hormonal messages that tell your brain you're full aren't properly triggered, tricking your system into thinking you haven't eaten, Dr. Lustig explains." -Rodalenews


3. Understand how easy it is to drink black coffee 

Aside from the health benefits, black coffee is just better.

After just a couple of weeks, your taste buds change completely. Drinking coffee black is the only way to detect the natural notes in different coffee varietals.

If you need to ween off sugar:

Always taste your coffee before adding sugar. Taste the coffee after you add small increments at a time. Doing this will automatically decrease the amount of sugar you add.

Experiment with your brewing ratio and save your results. Blindly scooping is doing you no favors.

Good luck-- you've got this.

You're on your way to becoming a coffee expert! If this has piqued your interest and you'd like to learn more, check out our blog that discusses removing bitterness from coffee: Coffee That Isn't Bitter: 4 Things to Avoid For a Sooth Cup. A must read for those trying to switch to black!