Coffee advertising is so focused on the world of creamers and flavored coffees that they have completely distracted you from how to make coffee taste food without creamer or anything new that you would have to buy. Look no further than your kitchen, in most cases, in order to save your coffee. Whether you just simply cannot get past the taste of coffee but need it for the energy boost, or you are struggling with making it correctly, we have you covered.
Before changing anything up too much, make sure you are not making any of the classic brewing mistakes that beginners tend to fall victim to. Anything from old beans to a cold mug can throw off the process. Nothing’s worse than brewing a hot cup of coffee with a cold cup. If those tips still don’t do the trick, try any of these following options to make coffee taste good without creamer!
Sugar for Your Coffee
You probably already put this in your coffee with the creamer, but just leave out that second part! It’s an easy way to mask the acidity and bitterness in coffee, if that is not your thing. A lot of people load up their coffee with sugar, so just be cautious of just how much you are putting in. Did you know for ever 1 tea spoon of sugar you use, you’re adding 16 calories?
Pro Tip: Add simple syrup to your iced coffees and cold brews. Simple syrup is sugar water, so the sugar is pre-dissolved. No more full sugar grains in your coffee! It’s made with equal parts sugar and hot water.
Honey with Coffee
Tea has been hogging all of the honey for too long!
Honey is a more natural alternative to straight sugar, but it still becomes sugar once it enters your body. Don’t expect it to be a part of a sugar-free lifestyle, even if it seems that way. That aside, it has more vitamins and antioxidants than sugar. The best part? It tastes great!
Does Salt in Coffee Taste Good?
Yes, you read that correctly!
Salt might be one of the best ways to make your coffee taste better because it actually helps neutralize the bitter and acidic flavors in coffee. Weird but true! This could be your saving grace for a Chemex brew gone wrong, or if you accidentally grab a light roast instead of your favorite medium. Just be sure not to add too much, because too much sodium is not good for the body. Too much of anything is good for that matter!
Cinnamon & Coffee
This has so much more potential that just being a topping on cappuccino foam. Mix some into a hot coffee for a subtle flavor to the coffee. Cinnamon also has some great health benefits, including improving blood sugar levels!
Save yourself by adding cinnamon to your coffee rather than spending tons of money on fall-themed (talking to you pumpkin spice latte lovers) drinks at coffee shops. Same cozy feelings at almost none of the expense!
Another spice that is not just for eating! Cardamom is a widely used spice in many countries due to its complex flavor. It is described as “citrusy, minty, spicy, and herbal all at the same time”. If your coffee is lacking in lighter notes, this could be the answer to saving it.
Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits, similar to coconut milk. It’s the simplicity of the oil that is a great way to improve the flavor of your coffee without adding too much to it.
It’s popular to add coconut oil and coffee in to a blender in order to properly incorporate the thicker consistency of the oil in to the coffee. Added bonus, this makes the coffee get a bit frothier than normal!
Almost everyone is familiar with vanilla extract, but it’s just a small amount of almond extract that will turn your sub-par coffee into something great. Almond extract can have a very intense flavor if you add it too generously, so be sure to only add about 1/4 of a tablespoon and taste test before adding more.
Give that vanilla extract a try too! As far as making your coffee taste better without coffee creamer, extracts are a whole avenue worth exploring.
Of all of the ways to make your coffee takes better without a creamer, this option is the most likely to be the one that require you buy something. Think of your favorite latte flavor, and buy the syrup for that! I would suggest a bottle of caramel to start, but you could always pick up more than one.
Somewhat of a subcategory of sugar, considering some syrups contain sugar, this option will give you a whole array of flavor options to choose from. Just one pump a day will keep the creamer scaries away!
If you still want that creaminess that comes with making a coffee tasting good with a coffee creamer, consider these coffee creamer alternatives or even nitro coffee. Experiment with adding multiple things to your coffee, such as coconut oil as well as honey. See what works for you in the hustle of the morning, and you may be on your way to enjoying black coffee at the same time! Anyone a black coffee drinker here?