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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2011, 6:33pm
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I'm kind of a sugar freak.  I love sugar, but I usually take my espresso without sugar.  However, for a latte I start with one pump (about a 1/4 shot) of Monin Pure Cane Syrup.  The sugar taste is far better than most others.  I only do that at home though.  If i go to a great shop, it's straight.

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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 2:21am
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Of course you can do what you want with your food and it's nobody business. You can even go to a top class restaurant and put sugar in the soup or on the chef's speciality if you like it. The point is if it's worth buying an expensive machine and grinder, order speciality freshly roasted coffee, read all about how to make great espresso, go in the "geeks" sites to learn everything about making the best espresso,  make a careful distribution, weight the dose and the tamping, time the shots,etc. etc. make a top class espresso and in the end...add sugar to it (thus masking and altering its flavour or in other words - spoiling it)! Isn't this a bit contradictory?
As for Italians putting sugar in espresso yes most do but theirs is a different approach they don't take it as a gourmet food but as a hot quick drink in the cafe while talking and thinking about other things (besides the fact that most Italian blends have robusta in it)
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 5:12am
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If adding sugar is lame then what about milk?  Are not people who enjoy cappuccinos and lattes betrayers to the faith?

As has already been said, life is way too short.  Enjoy your coffee any which way you prefer it.

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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 5:24am
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If the coffee is prepped well enough then sugar is not only unnecessary, but hides the flavour of the brew. I don't take milk either. That masks coffee more than sugar to my taste.
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 3:07pm
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mdf007 Said:

After three years of espresso exploration I have a question.  Let's just say I know a guy that puts sugar in his espresso.  What I have not read about or heard about is whether this is a horrible practice and viewed as offensive if done in full view of the barista.  So, is adding sugar lame?

Posted January 25, 2011 link

I read all following posts, I personally take with or without sugar depending on mood... still in Italy we say DOLCE IL CAFFE', AMARE LE DONNE and that goes : sweet the coffee, love women (amare means bitter (plural feminin) and also to love)
Thanks to God, we all have very personal taste buds...and there is nothing lame either way...(still it is true that a poor espresso does not taste as bad if you add sugar or milk...)
Ciao, Pietro
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 3:31pm
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Sure, and on that same token, a well prepared espresso does not need sugar.
Do you want to eat an apple that is naturally sweet, crisp, and delicious, or do you have to add sugar to your apple to enjoy it?
Some amazing apples exist that go way beyond that former deacription, and the nuances vary from one variety or origin to the next.
The same is true of espresso and specialty coffee.
With all of this quality coffee and wealth of information avalaible in the specialty coffee world; if you still have to add sugar, "yer doin' it wrong".
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 3:57pm
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I didn't realise that Italian espresso is the pinnacle of espresso anywhere. I guess I should fill my doser and start adding sugar?
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 4:26pm
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ilcaffedio Said:

if you still have to add sugar, "yer doin' it wrong".

Posted January 26, 2011 link

It could be, and indeed has been argued that since espresso is an Italian creation that they are doing it right in Italy and eveyone else is doing it wrong. ;-)  Naturally the folks here would resist that argument since they are doing it differently and would not want to be perceived to be on the wrong side of tradition.

I get a helluva good chuckle when coffee devotees on an internet forum believe they are going to define for everyone else how they should enjoy their coffee.  I think advocacy is a great thing when not taken to extremes.

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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 4:47pm
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"Suum Cuique"...To each his own!
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 4:52pm
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jsaliga Said:

Naturally the folks here would resist that argument since they are doing it differently and would not want to be perceived to be on the wrong side of tradition.

Posted January 26, 2011 link

I think the very nature of constantly striving to improve flies right in the face of tradition.
On the other hand, coffee started in Ethiopia. The rest of you are all doing it wrong.
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