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“Happy New Year Marc. I took your advice and went “cold turkey” and I am now drinking black coffee…. WOW what a huge difference it makes. Thank you.”
It was timed perfectly with a lunch conversation I was having today with a friend. For my entire coffee-drinking life, I put two creams and two sugars in every cup. To lose some weight, I eventually switched from 10% cream to 5% cream and of course…just put in twice as much.
What’s more, I was polluting the coffee although at the time, it wasn’t the world’s greatest coffee. I would buy their biggest tin of pre-ground coffee and spend the next 3-4 weeks working through it. I knew enough about freshness to put the lid back on the can between brewings, but not enough to know that much fresher coffee was out there and much better practice was needed in my kitchen.
Try Drinking Your Coffee Black
I’m not in college anymore and as the quality of my coffee has improved, there’s all the more reason to stop sweetening and whitening it. With enough cream and sugar, every coffee you ever drink will taste the same, so that as you learn more and more about the Coffees of the World, you’ll never appreciate their uniqueness without drinking them black.
Do like Robin did and give it a shot for one week to see what you think. There are some promises I can make you. First of all, you won’t like your first cup of black coffee as much as what you’ve become used to drinking, so that’s why you need to give it a FULL week. If you don’t enjoy it, how much difference can it possibly make in your life to have tried it for one week? But I can promise you it will make a huge difference if you love coffee and come to enjoy drinking it black.
Second, you should find yourself a medium-roasted coffee for this experiment rather than the (to quote Starbucks) bolder darker-roasted coffees. Ease yourself into the experience.
And third, I did indeed lose weight by cutting out cream and sugar. So you do something better for yourself while you learn to enjoy coffee the way that coffee was meant to be enjoyed. I can’t wait to hear from you as you convert!