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Coffee, black


First off, I’m not one of those purists who think that coffee should only be drunk black. The ones who say that if you add milk and/or sugar, it’s no longer coffee. That’s silly. It’s like saying that if you butter your toast, you’re not actually eating bread.


I’ve decided to start weaning myself off sugar and milk in my coffee. Recently, I’ve doubled my daily dosage of coffee. Usually, I have a mug a day. A mug, in my case, is the equivalent of two cups of coffee. So since I’ve doubled it, I’ve been gulping down four cups a day. Depending on which study you look at, I’m either decreasing my risk for heart disease or increasing my risk of getting hallucinations. Maybe both. Anyway, I don’t care, I love my coffee. The problem with drinking four cups of coffee a day is that it means I’m consuming huge amounts of sugar, especially if you add the sugar I take for the four cups of tea I drink at night. The tea itself is harmless, as it is decaffeinated green tea. But the sugar! I thought I ought to do something about this. Hence, the switch to drinking my coffee black. Yes, I’m giving up milk as well, because coffee with milk and no sugar is just too weird for me.

Plus, Janeway drinks her coffee black, so now I have a geeky reason to give up milk and sugar.

Just so we’re clear, I’m not talking about crappy instant Nescafé coffee. If you like that kind of thing, please do yourself a favor and get yourself a coffee maker. You can get a simple one that doesn’t cost too much (check this out, for example), and coffee can be bought for as cheap as PhP30/100g. And for the love of all things holy, please stay away from that San Mig instant “coffee” that is not coffee at all, but a vile concoction milked from a sore festering on the devil’s ass. Very few of the finest things in life can be gotten for so little money, and real coffee is one of them.

By the way, the reason why I am concerning myself with my sugar intake is because there are other things I like which cannot do without sugar. Like cookies. I just made a batch from a new recipe.

Chocolate chip cookies experiment #1 - 06

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make some tea now.


  1. Wes

    hey tania! blog-hopped from the ff forum 🙂
    glad to meet a fellow coffee-holic. I worry about the sugar too. Tried other natural sweeteners like honey but it was a no go 🙁 So for now, it’s coffee with milk for me, plain black is way too acidic for me.

  2. Tania

    I think I’ll have to do a follow-up post to this one, but suffice it to say, I’ve reverted back to sugar and milk in my coffee. I tried, I really did, but I couldn’t get used to it. I’m planning to try again, though. Maybe in a few weeks, haha.


So, what do you think ?