"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
I lived in Rome for seven years and I don't think I ever saw an Italian NOT add sugar to espresso, cappuccino or latte. Do whatever you think tastes good. I never put sugar in any coffee, personally, unless it comes from a gas station and I have to, but it's all about your individual tastes. Hipsters judging people because they can't come to grips that some people do things because they LIKE to, not because of what other people want them to do are lame.
hjonesfp Senior Member Joined: 28 Mar 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Northern California Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:56pm Subject: Re: Is adding sugar lame?
Late to the 11 page, 2-year-old party, I know. But is there not something to the idea that sugar balances bitterness (yes, even very good coffee has bitterness) and opens up the flavors - makes the nuances more accessible? I love dark chocolate, but I personally find that the sweet spot of flavor is around 80%. When you get up to 90%, the bitterness is too distracting from the other qualities of the chocolate. Below about 70 and it starts to taste like candy - the flavors are lost in the sweetness. I find the same with coffee but nobody gives me a hard time about wanting some sugar in my chocolate, no matter how high the quality. And yes, there is some level of sugar in an espresso but there are some excellent varieties that have great aromas but less residual sugar - or provide more of the nuance at a lighter (and therefore less caramelized) roast.
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