Sweet guy no more


I’m a changed man.

It’s been nearly three weeks since I last put sugar in my coffee. So it appears I’m a changed man. Hopefully for good.

But I have to confess that a couple of times since then, when I had to drink coffee in some cafes outside home, I had to put sugar and cream in my coffee. Those were a few times that I just had to force myself to drink coffee for the caffeine.

Since reading a lot about coffee about three years ago, I learned that coffee snobs — the coffee drinkers who roast their own beans usually from the world’s best coffee growing regions — drink their coffee black. No sugar, no cream. For them, putting anything on their coffee is sacrilege.

Me, I had always been the sweet guy. Before coffee, I was into hot chocolate for breakfast, those Swiss Miss packs you buy off grocery shelves. Couldn’t help it, I was sweet. I wasn’t into cream, though, unless I drink bad coffee elsewhere that wasn’t my brew.

But I made several attempts to veer away from sugar. After a day or two, I always returned to being the sweet guy.

I was into brown crystal sugar for a long time. Then moved on to Muscovado.

Well, looks like I’ve changed, and I’m hoping this is final.

It’s a pity coz a friend, Kitoy, just gave me what’ supposed to be “coco sugar.” Supposedly healthier than the usual sugar, even my Muscovado. But, nah, Kitz, only the ants will enjoy this sugar. Or maybe some visitors who come for my coffee parties.

Sometimes there’s this temptation to put sugar. Some kind of a withdrawal symptom. But so far so good.

When I drink tea, it has always been without sugar. So why not coffee?

Without the sugar, I get to appreciate the distinct flavor of each coffee variety. I’ve gone this far of brewing the best brew the world has to offer – buying my green beans from faraway lands, roasting them on my own – might as well go all the way.

The down side is, I’d now insist on having only the best coffee, not just “good enough” coffee. Otherwise, I’d just go back to being the sweet guy once more.


3 Responses to “Sweet guy no more”

  1. Steve A on March 27th, 2010 11:44 am

    Good luck with that Bob. I have some coffee I think I could drink without the sugar (Finca Suiza) and some others (the just ok ones) that I probably couldn’t.

  2. jon joaquin on April 27th, 2010 11:12 am

    Do I like my coffee black? There are other colors? ~Author Unknown

  3. Roaster Juan on May 8th, 2010 3:40 pm

    Good for you, Bob! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and wish that more Filipinos are bitten by the coffee bug. I’ve always believed that what works for you is what works for you. You can take your coffee any which way you wish — with sugar, salt or ajinomoto even, but let no one tell you how best to have it. I hope we get to meet face to face sometime so we can share coffee exploits. Good luck and all the best!

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