I love black coffee!!! But, it has to be the proper blend or single origin coffee. I am terribly picky, probably because I have worked at Starbuck's and Caribou for many years. I work at Caribou now.
Perhaps you can go to your local coffee shop and start sampling. Most coffee shops offer a variety of roasts from light to dark and as you become familiar, you begin to know what you like and don't like.
It's kinda like wine. Keep trying until you find one you like. And if you want to try something new, a good barista can suggest similar blends or single origin beans.
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20 5/21/12 4:14 P
I'll give you the answer you want.. You don't enjoy black coffee!
I hate it, and I've struggled with coffee being my achilles heel as well. Honestly, I have chalked it up to the one weakness than I can't tame. If the rest of my diet and exercise is on-point, then I'm going to enjoy my coffee. I make room for the extra calories in my creamer, and just deal with it. I enjoy sweet and creamy coffee as well, and it really does substitute other higher calorie desserts for me. A cup of coffee with breakfast (and sometimes after another meal) hits the spot. If I can spare the calories - even though they're empty calories - I do it.
5/21/12 3:42 P
Yes, find a bean that you like. I also second the idea of weaning yourself slowly off of refined sugar. I've mostly weaned myself off of the stuff, but it took a long time for my taste buds to adapt. I think it's a very difficult thing to give up all at once because nothing will taste good at first. But if you give it time, you will adapt. A little at a time worked for me.
I still use half and half in my americano. If you count it in your calories, it's no big deal, so long as you're not drinking tons of coffee.
5/21/12 3:01 P
Best coffee I have EVER had! Smooth and flavorful!
5/21/12 2:53 P
I tend to like my coffee sweet with milk but I do use Splenda and light soy milk. I actually don't even track it because I only have 2 cups and it is just NOT the reason why I am over weight. Maybe if I am able to make every other change I need to keep going with my weight loss and somehow my results aren't happening, then maybe all look at the impact of my coffee. For right now I have it and enjoy it and am working on everything else. So far so good!
Make sure you truly have to give it up. For me to be successful, I need something I can do for the rest of my life. I can drink coffee with soy and Splenda but not black coffee forever.
But everyone is different! Good luck to your changes!
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5/21/12 1:22 P
I love all of your suggestions. My favorite coffee is Dunkin Donuts. I have actually had coffee beans from Guatemala (a friend of mine is a missionary) and that was incredible. As for right now since Walmart was out of Dunkin Donuts Whole Bean, I am using Eight O'clock so that could definitely make me want to sweeten it more. I will try it all but if I can get used to it then I will continue to work around it. I grew up partly in Germany and coffee is light, creamy and sweet just the way I like it :0)
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5/21/12 1:06 P
Ditto - good coffee makes all of the difference. I only drink mine black. I love Starbucks Sumatra
5/21/12 12:50 P
I agree...get really good coffee and grind it yourself. It makes a HUGE difference.
But most of the time, I have my lovely cream in my coffee. I'll cut calories somewhere else, thank you very much. Some things are just too darn important.
Edited by: BUFFYLOVESBIFF at: 5/21/2012 (12:50)
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9,705 5/21/12 12:48 P
Get better coffee. :)
Seriously, skip the grocery store stuff, and buy your own coffeebeans from a real roaster (local is better, because the longer the time between the oven and your pot, the more the coffee's taste suffers.) I'm in the south, and get my coffee from St Ives Roasters (REALLY good stuff.)
If you grind it yourself, you will be amazed at the difference. experiment with how much to use, because most people brew their coffee WAY too strong (here's looking at you, hubby!) and that makes it more bitter.
If you use decent coffee, you'll enjoy the taste of the coffee itself more than the stuff you put in it, and you'll find you don't need as much crap to make it palatable!
I prefer to drink my coffee black (no sugar, no cream) - I like it strong not weak though
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5/21/12 9:57 A
I used to use powdered creamer, so what I did was cut back slowly.
I took 2 teaspoons, so cut to 1.5 tsp for a week Then 1 tsp for a week 0.5 tsp for another week
and now I enjoy it black whenever I want without any calorie worry!
5/21/12 8:24 A
I tried to use almond milk (unsweetened) in my tea, and found it too sweet for my liking, so perhaps that's an option, as well.
5/21/12 8:21 A
What about substituting skim milk for creamer and then still using a spoonful of sugar? I don't think drinking a cup of coffee with cream and sugar is bad for a person, but I know it can easily add up if you drink more than 2 cups a day. Using almond milk instead of creamer could be helpful as well; they have vanilla flavored and coconut flavored to add a little something sweet to your coffee without a lot of calories.
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5/21/12 7:29 A
Thank you for your ideas. I have tried the stated and I guess I am just going to have to try and wean myself. I just love the sweet coffee, sugar and creamer. I have been working around it but I am just concerned that starting my days out like that may attribute to an early insulin spike and just cause me to be more hungry. Sometimes I think I am addicted to sugar :0/
5/21/12 7:05 A
I slowly decreased the amount of cream/sugar I had in my coffee (many years back) until I drank it black.
that was a time before they offered flavoured coffee.
Perhaps that would be an option? The kind that is flavoured without calories/sugars, not the instant "mix" types.
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5/20/12 9:36 P
Try cutting back on the amounts of creamer/sugar that you use. Also, would a flavored creamer serve the same purpose as the sugar? Finally what do you like more: the body added by the creamer or the sweetness from the sugar. If you like one more than the other, there's your answer.
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5/20/12 9:15 P
I love coffee and I love sugar in my coffee along with coffeemate fat free creamer BUT it uses so many of my carbs. I don't like the taste of any sugar substitute and also believe that no matter what the substitute is your body still treats it as a sugar and it still spikes your insulin. Help! I don't want to quite because I love it. Is quitting the only answer?
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