There are some people who think coffee has to be light colored brown and sweet to the taste because they’ve never had it any other way. I’ve been drinking black coffee, with a small amount of sugar since the early part of 2009 and now I’m trying to get used to drinking it without anything added to sweeten it.
An Acquired Taste?
Many years ago, in 1983 or 1984, I started drinking coffee with cream and sugar in it on a regular basis. It wasn’t the first time I’d had coffee to drink, but I don’t remember the first time. I do remember aunts and uncles sitting at my parents’ dining room table drinking black coffee when I was younger than 13 years of age. In fact, I can remember being offered a sip and not liking it at all. I distinctly remember my youngest uncle telling me it was an “acquired taste”. The only thing I drank on regular basis with caffeine in it before 1984 was soda (or pop or soda pop or whatever you want to call it).
While I was in the Marine Corps and stuck off the coast of Lebanon on a Navy ship in 1983, we ran out of soda and UHT milk. The only think left to drink was water and coffee. It didn’t take too long for us to run out of sugar as well. In order for the coffee to be as palatable to as many people as possible, the mess deck people made the coffee very weak. When we finally arrived at another port to restock, I was back to drinking soda again.
Back in February or March of 2009, I stopped adding any kind of creamer to my coffee. I found that I liked the taste of the coffee better than the taste of the creamer and I never liked the taste of “flavored” creamers. I figured that if I needed to mask the flavor of coffee, I shouldn’t be drinking it. I still needed a little sugar in it at the time and only recently did I start drinking it completely black.
Adjust the Amount of Coffee Grounds
While I’ve been staying with my older son, on vacation, I’ve been making the coffee in the morning using his Mr. Coffee automatic drip coffee maker and Folgers coffee. At first, I drank it at the strength he had been making it at – four tablespoons. After a few days, I started using only three tablespoons. I wanted to reduce it to two tablespoons because I like it at that strength without any sugar. Unfortunately, no one else in the house likes it that weak.
I guess I’ll have to wait until I return to the Philippines to drink my coffee weaker than everyone else in my son’s household who drinks coffee. I’m not complaining since I’m only a guest, but I look forward to removing as much sugar from my diet as possible.