How to Drink Black Coffee and Actually Love It
I don’t know about you but my day is not complete without a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Seriously, the aroma of it does a so much better job waking me up every morning than an annoying alarm clock.
Are you a coffee lover? If so, how do you like your coffee: freshly brewed or instant, hot or cold, black or regular, or decaf perhaps?
Two years ago, I used to put a lot of cream and sugar into my coffee because I really love it sweet and white. Until one day, I got diagnosed with borderline diabetes. My doctor barred me from eating sweets, drinking sodas and fruit juices, and adding too much sugar into my drinks.Of course, I asked him, what about my coffee? I need it, especially in the morning. Do you know what he said? “Make it black, then.”
At the time, I have never had a black coffee nor ever imagined drinking one. It is bitter and too strong for me, but I had to give it a try if I want to be healthy.
How about you? Do you drink black coffee or are you planning to switch but haven’t had the chance to because you don’t know how or where to start? Whether it is a personal or health-related decision, let me help you learn how to drink black coffee and actually love it.
Healthy Benefits Of Drinking Black Coffee
Before we proceed to the step by step process, allow me to enlighten you first with some of the healthy benefits of drinking black coffee:
1- Reduces The Risks Of Type 2 Diabetes
Research shows that drinking at least 24 oz. (3 cups) of black coffee a day can reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes by more than 25%.
2- Boosts Metabolism
If you exercise regularly, you can boost your metabolism further by 11% if you drink black coffee.
3- Makes The Liver Healthier
According to studies, drinking black coffee can reduce your risks of having cirrhosis by 80% and liver cancer by 40%.
4- Makes The Brain Smarter
Black coffee’s caffeine content increases the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine in your brain. The said neurotransmitters boost your mood, cognitive and bodily functions, energy, and memory.
5- Reduces The Risks Of Dementia
People who often drink black coffee lower their risks of having dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by up to 65%.
Are you convinced to switch to black coffee now? Good!
Here’s What You’ll Need.
1- Roasted Coffee Beans
You can use any type of coffee beans you like but the two most common ones are Robusta and Arabica.
2- Boiling Water
Boil water up to 205°F (96°C). You can use a pot or an electric kettle. It doesn’t matter as long as the water has the right temperature.
3- Coffee Brewer
Any brand of brewer will do, but if you are a beginner at brewing, choose the one with a standard number 2 or 4 cone filter stand.
4- Coffee Grinder
You will use this to grind your roasted coffee beans.
5- Pre-folded Paper Filters
Paper filters come in different sizes so make sure you buy the one that’s suited to your brewer.
Pour the freshly brewed coffee in it.If you do not have a coffee grinder, you may opt to buy ground roasted coffee instead, but keep in mind that the flavor won’t be the same. Freshly ground coffee is and will always be the best.
How To Make Black Coffee
- Boil 2 ½ cups of water.
- Put 1 piece of pre-folded paper filter on top of the brewer then pour in half a cup of boiling water. This will rinse the paper filter and preheat the brewer at the same time. Discard the water afterward.
- Grind 1 oz. of roasted coffee beans then pour it onto the filter.
- Pour in enough boiling water to cover the grounds and let it sit for 1 minute. This process is called blooming and it makes the coffee taste better. Trust me.
- Next, pour in the rest of the water in a circular motion to make sure that the coffee grounds are evenly brewed. Wait for the rest of the mixture to get fully filtered then discard the paper filter.
- Pour the coffee into your mug and enjoy! Drink it while it it’s fresh and hot.
(A more detailed tutorial on how to brew black coffee)
Now that you know how to properly brew your coffee, here are some more tips that can help you learn to love black coffee.
1. Make Little Cups
Black coffee tastes best when it is freshly brewed and hot, so I usually just make little cups. Anyway, it is super easy to make.
2. Savor The Taste
When you add sugar, cream, or anything in your coffee, you won’t be able to really tell how good the coffee tastes. Believe me, black coffee is one of the purest and most delicious thing in the world.
3. Fresh Is Best
I know I said earlier that you can buy ground coffee if you do not have a grinder. It’s true, but if you would ask me, I personally prefer grinding the coffee beans right before brewing it. Believe me, it makes a huge difference. Plus, there are cheap hand grinders you can find at the mall or on amazon. Speaking of coffee grinders, here are some of the best ones you should try.
4.Take It Slow
If you are used to adding cream and sugar into your coffee and you want to switch to black, you do not have to totally keep them off right away. Slowly decrease the amount of cream and sugar you put in your coffee until you are comfortable of not adding anything at all.
5. Experiment And Enjoy
Try different kinds of roasted coffee beans until you find something you like and enjoy every sip.My friends asked me how I managed to switch to black coffee and actually love it. My answer is simple. I learned that coffee taste a lot better when it is pure.
I hope you find this article helpful and that I was able to somehow sway you to try to learn to love black coffee too. Please share your thoughts, comments, and suggestions down below. I would love to hear from you