5 Reasons Why Black Coffee Is Something You Should Consider Drinking

It is never too late to develop your feelings for this stronger cup of Joe. Read on to learn why black coffee is something you should consider drinking!

Why you should start embracing black coffee
Black coffee is very effective in waking up

I consider myself a late bloomer when it comes to black coffee. I was already working when I started to shift towards the dark side, partly because I was trying to lose weight but mainly because, for some reason, my regular java started to become too sweet for my taste. It also helps that black coffee is very effective in waking me up, especially during my days in the corporate world.

What is surprising is that despite its number of advantages compared to other types of coffee, only 35% of coffee drinkers prefer their cup of Joe black! Hopefully, I can change your mind by listing some reasons why black coffee is underrated. 

1. Black Coffee Is Cheaper

I am confident that plain black coffee, hot or iced, is the cheapest java in any coffee shop. A large cup that can power you through the day costs only half your usual mocha blend. You can cross out the creamer and sugar on your grocery list.

You should start making the switch if you are trying to save money but can’t let go of your love for coffee. You can allocate the savings to other things. A new coffee maker, perhaps?

2. Black Coffee Is Faster And Easier To Brew

Brewing your own cup is an experience, and nothing is easier to make than black coffee. A serving of instant black coffee will take less than a minute. Making a stronger brew with a Hario V60 or an Aeropress will take you less than five minutes and even faster if you have an espresso machine. 

pretty brunette girl making aeropress coffee in modern coffee shop
Making a stronger brew with Aeropress

You can do away with the usual latte, as frothing milk requires some preparation. These are precious minutes you can allot to other things. With that being said, you might want to check out our list of the best coffee you can brew at home for quality black coffee!

3. Black Coffee Can Influence Your Personality

I noticed that people who switched to black coffee had significant personality changes, though this is a personal anecdote.

Sure, it could just be coincidental character growth, but a study conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula showed an interesting revelation – the coffee you drink could say a lot of things about your personality!

Dr. Durvasula surveyed 1,000 coffee drinkers and found that those who prefer black coffee are the types who are conservative, no-nonsense, health-conscious, and love to keep things simple and efficient. One stumbling block is they also have tendencies to be stubborn and unwelcoming to change. Though this is somewhat inconclusive, this study provides food for thought if you want to join the dark side.

4. Black Coffee Is A Flexible Drink

Some coffee drinkers think black coffee is too strong or too bitter, but this is not the case! The flavor will still depend on the type of coffee bean, roast, and brewing method! 

For instance, black coffee brewed from light roast beans has a subtle sweetness and fruity and floral undertones. On the other hand, dark roast black coffee is bolder in taste, with the smokey and toasty flavor more pronounced.

Another thing I am excited about is the unique coffee blends coming out of the market every year. Gone are the days of trucker-style black coffee, as many coffee businesses now offer beans that feature floral, citrusy, or nutty tones.

The drink has more room for adjustment, as well! If it is too bitter, you can add sugar or honey. If you change your mind at the last minute, just whip out some milk and make yourself a cappuccino or a latte. 

Did it suddenly feel warm? Add a scoop of ice cream and make yourself an affogato instead. The options are endless since black coffee is an ideal base!

5. Black Coffee Is A Concentrated Source Of Health Benefits

Black coffee is low on calories, perfect for those looking to lose weight or adhere to the keto or paleo diet. It is also abundant in nutrients and antioxidants that help improve cognitive performance, enhance mood, and reduce the risk of developing several ailments and diseases.

young woman in lovely pajamas making coffee at home kitchen
Add milk to your black coffee to reduce phenol content and antioxidant

Since the beverage is undiluted with dairy or sweeteners, your body can arguably absorb higher amounts of antioxidants. Although more research needs to be conducted, a study has shown that adding milk decreases the phenol content and antioxidant capacity of your coffee.

FAQs On Black Coffee

How Can I Switch To Black Coffee Immediately?

Do it gradually; maybe reduce one teaspoon of milk and sugar per day. I don’t recommend rushing it, as your stomach might be unable to handle it. Black coffee is more acidic as it is more concentrated than other brews.

Are There Any Disadvantages To Black Coffee?

It all depends on how your body reacts to caffeine. Some people have a higher tolerance and can drink four to five cups of black coffee daily without issues, while some will feel physical and mental discomfort after their second cup. Try to gauge how many cups your body can take and work from there.

When Is The Best Time To Drink Black Coffee?

It generally depends on what time you wake up. For early risers, studies have shown that it is best to drink coffee a few hours after you wake up (around 9 AM to 10 AM) and in the mid-afternoon (2 PM to 4 PM) because these are the times when your cortisol level dips down. Remember that these times should be adjusted if you are a night owl.

Author

  • Renz Lyndon Paguio

    His love for java originated from sidewalk vendors offering cheap 3-in-1 instant coffees poured in styrofoam cups. If he’s not in a studio or in an event venue, you’ll find RL crafting his own cold brew or sharing his experiences to fellow coffeephiles.