What is the best way to start drinking coffee black?

What is the best way to start drinking coffee black?

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  1. The reason most people drink coffee with cream &/or sugar is because the coffee they drink is 1) over roasted, causing the flavor to taste burt to one degree or another 2) over extracted, which pulls both the good flavors and the acrid, bitter flavors our of the beans 3) both.
    Lighter roasted beans prepared with care will cut back on the need for cream or sugar. I recommend starting your transition to black coffee by pairing the best coffee you can find with dessert. This will give you the sweetness you are used to, but will let you acclimate to the flavor of the coffee. As you drink more coffee, you’ll get more comfortable with its flavor and begin to taste components other than bitterness.

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  2. For most people, coffee is (unfortunately) an acquired taste, but thankfully there are some things you can do to ease into drinking black coffee.
    1. Get a Chemex – while there are a dozen different ways to make coffee, you want to start off by making your coffee in a Chemex. This will ensure you have a smoother taste and generally reduces harsh or bitter tones that throw off many people. Blue Bottle has a pretty great guide [ https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/chemex ]on how to get started with a Chemex
    2. Get Beans from Central America – coffee from the central American region are generally the smoothest and least bitter profiles. You probably want to find beans from Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Nicaragua to get the least harsh flavor.
    3. Have a Large Grind Size – when you grind your coffee beans, make sure that the grinds are not too fine or small. Finer grounds can easily overpower and make a stronger coffee. For beginners, I recommend getting your beans ate a local coffee store and asking them to grind your coffee to a similar consistency as a burr grinder.
    4. Don’t Use Boiling Water – I see people make this mistake all the time, where they use boiling water to make coffee. This generally over cooks the cof…

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  3. I’d like to piggy-back on Emmad Mazhari ’s great answer! This assumes you’re going the Chemex pour over route (because you should, truly).
    Getting a Chemex, burr grinder, and temperature-controlled kettle changed my coffee experience entirely. I’ve been using that setup for years now, and I still find it hard to get equally good coffee while at coffee shops.
    Just to add a few points to Emmad’s answer:
    1.) Burr grinders can be set to various sizes. Tell your coffee shop you want your beans ground medium-course, or for a Chemex. If you just say “pour-over”, they may grind them too fine (Hario V60 calls for finer grind and is an equally popular pour-over method).
    2.) Try light roast coffee. So many people think that dark roast is for real coffee drinkers, and light roast is for wimps. These people are idiots. Dark roast has its place, but for enjoying the beauty and complexity of black coffee, light roast is the best way. The darker the roast, the less complex the flavor. Darker flavors all converge on a single flavor: burnt. Lighter roasts, however, really let the individual flavors of the beans shine through. Citrus, floral, earthy, spicy, all come swirling together on your tongue. Save dark roast for espresso or Turkish coffee. Light roast will let you truly taste the complex flavors that great beans have to offer.
    3.) Fresh is best. Try to get coffee from a roaster who can tell you when your coffee was roasted. Try to buy within a week or two of roasting, the sooner the better. Your coffee should demonstrate a significant bloom when doing a pour-over. If it doesn’t, you’ve got a dud.
    4.) On the same note, if you’re not going to grind your own (with a burr grinder, not a blade grinder!!!), buy ground coffee only in small quantities. Have your roaster grind it, and plan on buying it every few days. Ground coffee loses its flavor and complexity pretty quickly.
    5.) Get good at doing pour-overs. Technique and detail matter here! Just a few degrees too hot or cold when brewing can change the flavor drastically for the worse. Too cold usually introduces sour notes; too hot usually causes bitter notes. Keep in mind, these are off-flavors that aren’t inherent to the bean. Sure, coffee is bitter, but you only want the inherent bitterness of the bean’s flavor profile, not off-flavored bitterness due to poor brewing. Other factors really matter, too, such as how you pour (which impacts the exposure time of grinds to water). Research it and practice it. It’s a lot of fun!
    Fresh, black coffee can be truly delightful. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with different origins, blends, and roasters. Enjoy!

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  4. As other people have suggested, start with good quality arabica beans, freshly ground. I would recommend a light breakfast blend over a darker roast, but you should experiment.
    The main reason people put sugar and milk in their coffee is to take the edge off strong flavors or bitterness. Choosing quality beans reduces the chance of bitterness. Arabica are more expensive than the robusta beans typically found in cheaper grocery store coffee (robusta grows better in challenging conditions, as a plant it’s more “robust”, but that comes at the expense of flavor).
    You might also want to try a tapering technique. Gradually reduce the amount of milk and sugar in your coffee over a period of weeks to help you get used to the new taste.
    If you’re drinking coffee mainly for the caffeine, rather than the taste, you might want to remind yourself of that. If it’s cooled off slightly, it’s easier to gulp down. Think of it as a “supplement” rather than a food.
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  5. Learn how to “cupping”. If you’re not familiar with the term, it is how a Q-grader evaluate the coffee.
    Basically it’s just coffee and hot water, with the right proportion and temperature.
    Cupping basically trains your palate to become more sensitive to taste, as different regions will produce coffee beans with different taste.

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  6. Step 1: Get stuck at a Waffle House at 1 AM because your friends got held up in a bar at Athens.

    Step 2: Order and drink a cup of coffee. Remember – none of that frilly creamer or Splenda.

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until you have consumed 15-18 cups of coffee over the next hour or two. Hip Hip, Freerefills!

    Step 4: During one of your imminent trips to the bathroom, think to yourself “This stuff really isn’t bad. I should start experiment with different flavors when I go shopping next.”

    Step 5: Experiment with different flavors when you go shopping next.

    Or at least that was how I did it.

    But for god’s sake, have fun with it. Buy flavors that look and sound cool. Take Allan Taylor ‘s advice: get the press, grind your own coffee. Make it an experience – a ritual, even. Things are often more enjoyable when you do them the hard way.

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  7. If you’re brand new to coffee and want to gain an appreciation for the flavors of just the beans, look for a local boutique coffee bar with a cold drip brewer.

    What is the best way to start drinking coffee black?


    It takes about 48 hours to brew a carafe of cold drip. It tastes amazing black. The flavor notes are very pronounced – like caramel, apricot, smoke, etc. and it has an unusual sweet quality. You won’t believe you’re drinking black coffee.
    Another brewing method that makes great tasting black coffee with very little bitterness is siphon. See if you can find a coffee bar that cares so much about coffee they take the time to siphon brew.

    What is the best way to start drinking coffee black?

    Lucky for me, my favorite coffee bar in L.A. has both!

    Victor Allen’s

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  8. Ease into it. If you’re drinking double doubles, move back into one and ones and then half it again.
    And yes, throw away the Nescafe and the instant crap. Find your local coffee scene, buy some whole beans, put a little money into a grinder and an Aeropress ( AEROPRESS® ) and enjoy.
    If you’re in the US I would recommend trying Intelligentsia
    ( Intelligentsia Coffee )
    Good coffee is just like wine or beer. There’s so much more flavour to it than just that uniform burnt stuff that you’re mostly likely used to right now.

    What is the best way to start drinking coffee black?

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  9. Start by trying out a fancy cup of coffee at a boutique coffee shop. Actually, try out the fanciest cup available that you can buy without burning a hole in your pocket.
    Walk into the nearest boutique coffee shop (like a Stumptown or Blue Bottle) and ask the barista to help you pick the best coffee for your first black coffee cup. Most baristas are pretty friendly and they’ll definitely help. I’d suggest the pour over method of brewing since it’s fairly light, and you can easily taste the best flavors in the coffee.
    Maybe you get a cup that knocks your socks off and shows you how good coffee can really be. At the least, it will show you that coffee can have very interesting tastes and flavors. Hopefully this will interest you enough to try out more such different coffees. Once that happens, a whole new world will open up. You’ll want to drink any new coffee black, or at least try out a sip of the plain cup just to taste its flavors.

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  10. Go to a really good, old fashioned Italian coffee shop, and ask for an espresso.
    Before you drink it, have a good sniff of the aromas, really inhale. For me, this is the best bit! Then sip slowly, and watch the world go by for ten minutes or so. Don’t check your phone or read your newspaper, just sit and enjoy your coffee.
    If you feel you have to add a little sugar, that’s fine.
    But here’s the most important bit. If you don’t enjoy your coffee black, don’t worry. It’s not for everyone. It’s not compulsorary. Find a drink you enjoy and drink that.

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  11. Start by NOT making it very strong.
    If you grind it yourself, grind it into larger pieces, and water it down, and don’t let it brew for as long. All of these things will help you make weaker coffee.
    If you want “easy mode”, just brew it normally and then add some additional water to water it down.
    Iced coffee might be another good starting point, after you brew the coffee, add a bunch of ice cubes. It might make it more manageable to adapt to the taste.

    Eight O’Clock

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