How To Start Drinking Coffee Without Sugar (9 Simple Tips)

Last Updated on November 13, 2021 by John Moretti

For some people, coffee without sugar is not an option. For them, it is simply a part of the coffee-drinking process that they refuse to part with. This is understandable because coffee with no sugar (or milk) can sometimes taste extremely bitter and unpleasant.

There are several ways in which you can start to drink (and enjoy) coffee without sugar in it. This is usually a slow process, as sugar-free black coffee is an acquired taste, usually achieved through gradually reducing the amount of sugar in your coffee and by substituting it with alternatives.

There are several ways to begin reducing your sugar intake in your cup of coffee to start the process of eliminating it altogether. 

Whether going cold turkey, slowly reducing the amount of sugar day by day, or replacing the sugar with another sweet ingredient, you will eventually get to a place where you are able to fully enjoy and appreciate the nuanced flavors of coffee without the need to add any milk or sugar.

How To Start Drinking Coffee Without Sugar

While drinking coffee black is the way nature intended it, this is something that many people are unable to enjoy. In order to become accustomed to drinking coffee black, you will have to acquire the taste, much like the taste of something like whiskey or beer. Below we will explore several ways to do this.

Slowly Reduce Sugar

The first and simplest way in which you can start to eliminate sugar from your coffee is to start reducing the amount of sugar each week. Perhaps you usually drink coffee with two teaspoons of sugar. Start by drinking your coffee with 1 ½ teaspoon of sugar for a week.

Once you have become accustomed to this reduced amount of sugar for about a week, you can reduce the amount further to, say, one teaspoon of sugar. Repeat this process until, eventually, you are able to drink your coffee with no sugar whatsoever. 

This is an example, and it’s important that you reduce the amount of sugar at your own pace, decreasing the amount each week by however much you feel is tolerable. 

Add Salt To Your Coffee

Another way to begin reducing your sugar intake in your coffee is to add a pinch of salt. This might sound ludicrous, but it can, in fact, help to reduce some of the bitterness associated with black coffee. 

Sweet Alternatives to Sugar

If you are trying to reduce your sugar intake in your coffee but need to replace the sugar with something sweet in the meantime, there are numerous alternatives you could try to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cinnamon is a great option to add to your coffee, both in terms of taste and the added health benefits. 

Cocoa powder can also be added, and this also boasts numerous benefits to your health while remaining delicious.

Vanilla extract is something else that you could use to add a little bit of sweetness to your coffee without using sugar.

Fresh Coffee 

Using fresh coffee is another sure way to help you enjoy your coffee-drinking experience without needing any additional sugar.

Real, freshly ground coffee beans will lend an entirely different taste compared to something like instant coffee, which generally tends to be far more bitter in taste.

Alternative Roasts

The way in which coffee beans are roasted makes an enormous difference to the taste of the coffee. There are different degrees to which coffee is roasted, and this affects its acidity levels.

While, when drinking coffee with sugar and cream/milk, the acidity is less of a concern, it becomes far more pertinent when there is no longer sugar or milk present. It is then that the true nature of the coffee is seen. 

Everybody has their preferences when it comes to different roast types, and if you find your favorite roast, it is far more likely to be enjoyable to you when you start to drink it without sugar. Try out the different levels and see which one works best for you.

Ensure The Coffee Maker Is Clean

Sugar in coffee has an amazing ability to hide away many imperfections in flavor.

If the coffee machine has not been cleaned properly in a while, it might start to give undesired flavors to your coffee. This will become more noticeable if you’re drinking your coffee without sugar.

By ensuring the machine is completely clean, you will be able to enjoy coffee that is clean and pure, making for a more pleasant experience without the sugar.

Look At Specialty Coffee

Specialty coffee can bring you a host of new flavor experiences which conventional coffee would not be able to give you. This is especially true when you drink your coffee black because the nuanced flavors and aromas are able to come to the fore in the best way.

In this way, specialty coffee can open up an entirely new world of coffee flavors, ensuring that you will find one that you are able to enjoy and appreciate, sans sugar. 

Taste Black Coffee Before Adding Sugar

Tasting your coffee black before adding sugar will help familiarize you with the taste. Taste it first, then add the sugar and taste it again. 

This will help your tastebuds to become accustomed to the two different flavors, and you will then be able to start enjoying the sugar-free version more and more as time passes.

Try Out Different Brew Methods

There are many different ways of brewing coffee, and each one has the ability to create a completely different taste experience. By trying out all the different brewing methods, you should be able to find your favorite one, giving you the best possible coffee to drink without sugar.

Wrapping Up

Whichever option you choose, with determination and a decent amount of time, you will soon be able to enjoy your coffee and everything it has to offer in its simplest and purest form while simultaneously enjoying all the health benefits associated with drinking coffee without any additives.