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MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/12/13 10:39 P

I love the flavor and caffeine in coffee!
I like mine from a french press with a tablespoon (about 50 calories) heavy whipping cream or whipping cream instead of a creamer or half and half. I find the flavor MUCH richer. Plus the extra fat in the cream helps the not-so beneficial chemicals from the coffee beans metabolize much slower.

My coffee house favorite is a Tall American with 4 shots and a splash of cream.

Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 1/12/2013 (22:39)
NIKKINAC SparkPoints: (1,622)
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1/12/13 1:24 P

Thank you everyone for the tips and, love, love my coffee!!

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/11/13 10:04 A

I try to treat coffee (and tea!) like I treat booze and chocolate -- life is too short for crap. Quality over quantity.

The SO has moved to decaf, and there are good decafs out there these days. We also started drinking less over all and have put the drip machine away (haven't used it in half a year?). Instead we go cup by cup. Technique: two Tbsp (heaping for me, level for her) in the French Press per serving. I also have a small Moka that I use for not-quite-espresso. A cup or so in the morning. If the beans are good, the coffee is tasty on its own ... and no need for creamer or the like. Aside: I've heard very good things about using cones for single-serving cups of drip/filter coffee.

That having been said, I like to splurge a bit from time to time, and it's easy enough to make a '(soy) latte' or 'cappuccino' or similar with (1) a serving from the Moka and (2) hot milk (dairy, soy, whatever) that has been heated (e.g. microwave, ~45 seconds, or steamed on the range) and then whipped with a whisk until foamy. Or you can use a French Press, actually, to foam hot milk ... you get truly wonderful microbubbles! This way I don't have to go out to Starbucks or similar for overpriced, burned coffee. (not that I'm a coffee snob!)

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1/11/13 9:47 A

I am trying to cut back on coffee too - even though I really enjoy a good cup of coffee. I am cutting back to comply with my cardiologist's recommendation (I have had some heart health issues). The past couple of days I have had my regular good coffee for the first half of the cup, then added low-fat milk to the second half of the cup. I use Coffeemate (1 or 2 tsp for the first cup) but do not add any more for the coffee-milk drink. I have been fairly happy with this arrangement so far, and feel like I am doing better on caffeine consumption. Love that coffee in the morning!

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1/11/13 9:35 A

I make Starbucks Breakfast Blend at home and add International Delight flavored creamers to it. I just make it part of my total daily caloric intake. I do use an actual measuring tablespoon to add it to my coffee so I know just how much creamer I'm adding.

GLINDAW Posts: 162
1/11/13 9:23 A

I used to use French Vanilla creamer in my coffee. I was addicted to the stuff and I could not enjoy my coffee with anything else. Then I found out it contains soy, which is not good for people that are hypothyroid. It also contains hydrogenated vegetable oil...which is not good for you either. I switched to half and half which is 40 calories a day for two tablespoons that I add to my 24 oz. of ice coffee in the morning. I was not measuring when I used the creamer, but I know it took a lot more to lighten my coffee than half and half does. Now that I am used to the taste of half and half, I don't think I could go back to the creamer.

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1/11/13 8:54 A

I think the worst thing about coffee is the stuff you potentially add to the sugar, splenda, powdered non-dairy creamer (ugh), etc.

I usually have one cup in the morning, and maybe one in the afternoon (usually only on Fridays). I add 1-2 tbs of whole milk each cup, which really isn't that many calories. If I really want a treat I'll add in some chocolate syrup or powder, and some almond extract.

JKW1957 Posts: 185
1/11/13 8:43 A

Thanks to my mother, I have had a cup of coffee almost everyday of my life since I was around 2 yr old. (It was half milk at that age). I know that probably sounds bad to give a child coffee everyday but I am now 55 and I am extremely healthy. I take no medication and have no major health problems.

The only adverse effect I had was when I went to summer camp or a friends house and couldn't have coffee I might get a headache. I usually only have one 12 oz mug a day and I still like it with cream and sugar. Although I use half sugar and half Splenda to cut down on amount of sugar. For some reason I don't like the taste of Splenda alone in coffee. I have never been able to drink it black.

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1/11/13 6:16 A

got to have it in the morning

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,260
1/11/13 5:35 A

I love coffee! I've been drinking it for years and years, and have absolutely no intention to give it up (unless and until for some reason I suddenly have a medical condition that indicates I need to give up caffeine). I love the smell of it and the taste of it and when you open that fresh bag and get a whiff-- honey, I could just eat the stuff.

People have the misconception that ANY coffee is a diuretic. This is not true. It has a diuretic effect only if consumed in large quantities-- 500 to 600 mg/day which is about 5 - 7 cups. Same with Cokes or anything else caffeinated; you don't want to be consuming massive quantities of it. Caffeine can lead to jitters and trouble sleeping and headaches as well. But I don't think there's anything at all wrong with a couple cups a day.

As a PP mentioned, the biggest thing is, what you put in it. You can easily add a bunch of relatively empty calories, just with all your coffee "condiments". I use lowfat milk for the first cup, to cool it down enough so I can snort the whole thing at one go. And after that, I drink it black. Various brands/roasts of coffee can taste bitter or smooth. For me, the smoothest is Kona coffee but it's expensive. And IMO Starbucks is bitter and tastes burnt. If you want to try switching to black coffee, you might want to try various brands and roasts to find one that tastes better to you. Or if you prefer to stick with the "condiments" you could look for lower fat/lower carb alternatives to whatever you currently use.

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1/11/13 1:43 A

I too am in a loving long term relationship with coffee. Instead of cream try almond milk. I used to add soy milk but it does this weird curdling thing that I can't stand. Or get used to it black. I still haven't mastered that but I'm starting to take my second cup black.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/11/13 12:24 A

I mix my beans, regular and decaf, to lessen the caffeine.

I also like to use plain whipping cream in the place of creamer because it's rich and has less fillers. I find a little goes a long way.

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1/10/13 11:56 P

I've cut back to 1 (16 oz) coffee a day...used to drink 2, one before work and one at work. Now I drink water before work and then fix up my coffee and take my coffee to work. I use the flavored creamers in my coffee, it adds about 100 calories to my breakfast but I'm ok with that. Besides my morning coffee seems to keep me "regular" and don't think I will be giving it up anytime soon. Occasionally if I have calories left in the evening I will have a small mug of coffee in the evening. emoticon

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1/10/13 11:27 P

I love my coffee! Most days I don't have more than 16 ounces. No sugar, only 2 tablespoons of half and half. Coffee isn't horrible for you either! Look:

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1/10/13 11:12 P

I didn't become a coffee drinker until 2006 before that the smell and taste of it just made me feel sick - yet something happened around then that changed that and i started drinking it (and actually started lousing weight) I've not looked back since, I have my morning cup (some times that morning cup never gets finished and other times it gets put in the fridge and finished when I get around to it, or i'll go though 4 cups in the course of a day - 4 8oz ups that is).

I don't think coffee is bad for you in moderation, its the junk that most people tend to add to it that is the issue, I take mine with a little creamer and no sugar (save if using unsweetened creamer then i'll add a tsp of sugar to the cup).

MANDAROSE80 SparkPoints: (81,786)
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1/10/13 8:58 P

I used to drink cappuccino and then switched to black coffee. I still get the caffeine in the morning but stay away from all the added stuff. Some day I may decide to try to eliminate it completely.

RETIREDSUE Posts: 2,902
1/10/13 8:45 P

I too like my morning coffee and have been drinking it black for years. I do prefer flavoured over regular, even though it is more expensive, so maybe that would be suggestion to help wean you off of the cream. Have you tried using skim or lower fat milk. Personally I do not think that a couple of cups a day (my mug is big so it might be more like 3 average-sized mugs) is going to do much harm as long as you still drink lots of water. I too do not drink any soda - way too sweet - unless I am really desperate, so enjoy my morning coffee. I rarely drink it later in the day unless I am out somewhere (like a meeting or dinner) where it is being served. I usually have a cup of green tea after supper.


1/10/13 8:06 P

Coffee in small amount is actually good for you. It is a diuretic, it pushes extra fluid out of your body. However in large amounts it can be bad for you. I am a teacher and I couldn't do without my coffee. I don't drink soda so coffee is the only caffeine I get all day

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1/10/13 8:00 P

Hi everyone! What are your ideas and knowledge about coffee? I have had an ongoing love affair with my morning coffee for a long time, we are in a committed relationship that I am trying to get out of. emoticon
I recently tried to cut back, and even started drinking it black (way too bitter)....but today I added cream and I am back in love. Anyone have any ideas or thoughts about the good and/or bad of coffee?

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