The Best Ways to Sweeten Your Coffee
Do you have a favorite “guilty pleasure” drink at your local coffee shop? That one sugary concoction that you’ll always splurge on? If you do, then you’re in the right place.
Even the most devout black coffee drinkers like a treat every once and a while, but these drinks can be a significant drain on the wallet for a lot of people. Thankfully, you don’t have to go to a coffee shop just to satisfy your sweet tooth; you can make one at home instead!
We’ve put together a list of the best ways to sweeten your coffee, so you and your wallet can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new, sweet coffee from the comfort of your own home.
Whether you’re just looking to take the edge off of your morning cup of joe or trying to figure out how to sweeten coffee without sugar, we have options for you! There’s a whole world of sweeteners to try, so make sure you figure out what’s best for the cup of coffee in your hands.
Below are some of our favorite sweeteners, broken down into categories to steer you in the right direction.
We’ll begin our list with the most commonly used sweetener, sugar. Sugar has been a staple in restaurants and coffee shops for decades now and is likely the cheapest and easiest way to sweeten your coffee at home.
The original tried and true coffee sweetener, white sugar, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. White sugar has become a popular choice for coffee drinkers, mainly because it enhances the sweetness of coffee without changing the taste of the drink. For coffee drinkers trying to escape the bitterness of black coffee, white sugar is the simple and easy way to go.
If you’ve tried coffee with sugar but felt like something was missing, you might want to try brown sugar the next time around. Brown sugar adds some of its molasses-y flavors to your coffee and can make for a richer brew. Just don’t add too much, or it can overpower your taste buds!
Sugar is by far the most straightforward coffee sweetening method, but it does have its downsides. Refined sugars like brown and white sugar are extracted from their natural sources and processed to become the grains of sugar you recognize in the store. The refining process makes them less healthy than other sweeteners on this list, and studies have shown that regularly consuming refined sugars isn’t the best for your body.
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There are a handful of artificial sweeteners on the market designed to provide different sweetening options. Sugar alternatives are often advertised as healthier options than most types of sugar, though in reality, they have very similar effects. The main difference between the two lies in calories; most artificial sweeteners have little to no calories, while refined sugars have more.
When it comes to sugar alternatives, there are a few popular options.
Perhaps the most recognizable artificial sweetener, these iconic pink packets are everywhere. Sweet’N Low offers a zero-calorie, sweet alternative to sugar made mainly from saccharin. At around 300 times sweeter than sugar, a little bit of Sweet’N Low goes a long way
Another coffee shop staple, Splenda, is the high-intensity cousin of Sweet’N Low. Splenda is made of sucralose, making it a whopping 600 times sweeter than sugar! Don’t overdo it with Splenda; you won’t need much.
The third and final “artificial” sweetener on this list is Stevia. There is some debate over Stevia and what to label it, as it is made from the Stevia plant. Some argue that this makes it a natural source of sugar, while others say that because it is processed, it is artificial. Regardless of your stance on Stevia, it remains a popular no-calorie sugar substitute for coffee.
If sugar and artificial sweeteners are cutting it for you, don’t worry! The final category on this list is all about natural, healthy ways to sweeten your coffee.
Plenty of people resist putting sweeteners in their coffee because they are concerned about their health. However, plenty of natural sugar sources can provide a better way to sweeten your coffee.
Like Stevia, there is plenty of debate over agave nectar and whether it is natural. Agave nectar is extracted from blue agave plants and is far less refined than many other sweeteners. On the other hand, it is much sweeter than table sugar, as it contains fructose. Along with maple syrup, agave nectar has a caramel-like taste and can add a whole new flavor to your coffee.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
If you’re a fan of mochas, try some cocoa powder in your next brew! Chocolate and coffee have always paired well together, and cocoa powder does the trick. Cocoa powder is made from crushed cocoa beans that have had their fats removed, making it a great source of natural sugar.
Honey is often used to sweeten tea, but it may also be the best sweetener for coffee. Most honey is minimally processed and provides healthier natural sugars than most sweeteners on this list. For those looking for a sweetener with some health benefits, honey may be your best choice!
When it comes down to it, the choice is totally up to you! If you’re looking for a sweetener that won’t add calories to your day, you might want to opt for artificial sweeteners. If you’re concerned about where your sweetener comes from, you can go the natural sweetener route.
Artificial sweeteners also have a reputation for sometimes drawing out the bitterness in coffee, and natural sweeteners tend to add their own flavors to the coffee, instead of just sweetening it. Just make sure you know what you’re putting in your coffee before you try it!
As you can see, no matter how you choose to sweeten your coffee, you’ll always have other options out there! Try as many as you need to find the perfect taste, and when you do, congratulations! You’re on your way to mastering your favorite cup of coffee.
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