When I used to say I liked coffee, that actually meant that I liked cream, sugar, and flavored syrups. It always surprised me that some people would add nothing to their coffee. Over time, I discovered that drinking black coffee makes life simpler and more pleasant in a number of ways. Here’s 5 reasons why you should make the switch.
1. Life is healthier for black coffee drinkers
Depending on how much sugary coffee you drink, you may be able to cut a significant amount of sugar from your diet. Less sugar leads to more consistent energy levels and an easier time controlling weight.
Sugar intake is directly related to issues like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Creamer is also a source of unwanted sugar and calories. Creams and milk naturally contain lactose, which your body breaks down as sugar.
Your teeth will benefit from you drinking coffee black as sugar can lead to cavities and gum disease. Drinking sweetened coffees or teas throughout the day can do significant damage.
Artificial sweeteners and cream substitutes may claim to be sugar or calorie free, but their impact on health is debated. It’s important to consider the ingredient and additives you are consuming and may be best to avoid them.
2. Life is cheaper for black coffee drinkers
The biggest savings will be dental expenses (as noted above). By cutting sugary coffees out of your diet, you will generally spend less money on health needs.
The annual price of sugar and cream is what you can expect to save at the register. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, this might add up to a sizeable yearly savings. Coffee syrups aren’t cheap either.
Additionally, you can save quite a bit of money at the coffee shop. Sugary espresso-based drinks are often the most expensive items. French press, drip coffee, and caffé americanos are far less costly than even the cheapest latte.
3. Life is simpler for black coffee drinkers
Ordering coffee at a restaurant is easier. All you have to do is say “black coffee please”. Your night won’t be ruined if your server forgets to bring the cream.
If you visit a friend or family member’s home, you will be easier to accommodate and able to enjoy your coffee no matter what sweeteners your host has on hand.
Your grocery list will be shorter.
Opting to skip the “add tons of sugar and cream” step will always result in you enjoying your cup faster.
4. Life is more interesting for black coffee drinkers
As it turns out, it’s tough to discover the subtle differences between types of coffee when your cup is overflowing with sugar. You may be surprised to learn that coffees come from different regions and taste distinct from one another once you have developed the sensitivity.
Roast levels also differ in flavor. Light, medium, and dark roast each offer a new drink experience.
You will find a large assortment of roasts and blends at a roasting coffee shop compared to Starbucks, from my experience. Ask your local coffee shop about their roasts.
You can learn more about beans and roasts in my post here.
5. Life is more varied for black coffee drinkers
Brew methods not only taste different, they also offer a specific feel, texture, aftertaste, and intensity.
After drinking black coffee for a while, you will gain stronger preferences as to which roasts and brewing style of coffee best suits you.
Make the Switch!
Slowly move toward drinking coffee black or go cold-turkey on cream and sugar. Your health will benefit, and you will learn to appreciate the differences between coffee varieties, methods, and roasts.
If you would like to learn how to make this process easier, check out my article: 6 Tips to Enjoy Black Coffee.