Perhaps you’ve realized that dairy does not agree with you. You are not alone. If you’ve tried substitute creamers for your coffee, you may have found it difficult to get used to the texture or added flavor. It’s just not the same. And if you are used to adding sugar to your coffee, going sugar-free is a challenge in itself.
While substituting has long been the logical approach, trial and error often lead one final realization: why not just do without? The creamer and sugar that is, not the coffee!
When we think about nutrition these days, diets do not capture our attention as much as adopting a sensible attitude toward foods and beverages. Cutting sugar and fat, as well as other irritants, is an underlying guideline that can effectively transform our relationship with the foods and drinks we consume, as well as our waistline and overall well-being.
We enjoy coffee so much not only for its mood enhancing properties, and as a remarkable fuel for the imagination, but also purely for its natural flavor. Everything we add to coffee surely contributes to our pleasure, but it also removes us from experiencing its true depth. This is not wrong. It is a matter of choice and freedom. And we are free to experiment too.
Research shows that the sugar and creamers we add to coffee are as responsible for tension headaches and stomach discomfort as stress, dehydration and posture. Even the popular substitutes have been associated with headaches and digestion problems because they affect insulin and PH levels.
So back to coffee’s natural flavor. Don’t forget that coffees from different regions, grown in different soils and geographic conditions, offer a variety of naturally occurring profiles, including natural sweetness. Milk and creamers, after all, are another way to add sweetness.
Take Colombian coffees, for example. They offer delicious, light notes of caramel. Try a cup without sugar or milk and tune in to every sip like never before. Sumatra Mandheling has delicious notes of licorice, and Peruvian coffee sings a smooth vanilla song. Try this with other coffees as well. People who do this simple taste experiment have reported wondering why they ever added milk and sugar in the first place.
Refer to our Flavor Profile Page to find your favorite, naturally sweet brew.