How I Learned to Drink Black Coffee

"with or without cream..."

Where do you stand on this vital subject of ‘morning pick-me-ups’?  Do you enjoy having a brisk Cup ‘o Joe each morning with breakfast or just as a ‘wake me up’ just to get the day started going in the right direction?  What is your preference, with or without cream?  One friend says he starts with black coffee but after his first wake-up cup he shifts and adds cream which he enjoys more on his drive to the office.  We Americans are definitely a defining lot to say the least as to our individual pleasures and likes and dislikes and none more so than in the ways we ingest our morning stimulant, coffee.

How do you enjoy your coffee?

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what's your pleasure
what's your pleasure

'strong and black...'

“Would you like that with cream?”  --Oh that familiar response each time we order our favorite morning beverage be it with breakfast or without.  To which we likely respond, yes or no, depending on our particular fancy.  And why do we respond this way?  Do we drink coffee the way we first learned from our parents as they enjoyed theirs each and every morning or are we the rebel and choose to drink ours differently so as not to be known as a conformist by any real sense of the word?  Coffee is a universal beverage and has been enjoyed for hundreds of years in some form or another not just to get our days started moving in the right direction but also to seal a sales offer, close a contract or maybe to even  consummate a peace treaty among nations or warring tribes.

sippin'
sippin'

my mom was a ‘sipper'

As a youngster I can always remember hearing my mom offer a guest or visitor upon arrival, “Can I get you a cup of coffee?”  And then again they were always offered a fresh cup to go with dessert after a good meal or just by itself to always leave a good taste in one’s mouth.  It was easy to make a fresh pot and there wasn’t anything else I don’t guess except water or a glass of milk.  We never kept cold drinks in our house and I don’t think Kool-Aid had even been invented.  At first I remember I couldn’t stand the taste of it.  I thought it had a bitter taste myself so I noticed mom and dad always added a few drops of cream or milk to flavor it some.  Now my mom was a ‘sipper’ and would wait a few moments for the cup to cool some testing every few moments with a little sip until she would say it was alright, but my dad was a ‘slurper’.  He would pour a small amount into his saucer blow across it a time or two to cool it somewhat then raise the saucer to his lips slurping up the enjoyable brew.  My brothers and I use to laugh at the way dad liked his coffee, but mom would always defend him by sayin’ “that’s his business.”

you have to learn to drink it black...

I guess I learned to like coffee by buttering a piece of toast, folding it once and then dipping it into the cup of coffee and eating it. WOW! I can still remember that taste and I guess I was hooked for life. At first I liked it with cream like my folks but was told later in life that I could never enjoy a true cup of coffee until I learned to drink it black. After trying that, I must agree. To really taste the full flavor one needs to enjoy the coffee without any additives. And that’s the way I still enjoy it today. Heck, you can’t argue with the original ole Tennessee Coffee Bean

© 2011 SamSonS

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My mother too was a coffee drinker. Dad had his morning cup, but mom sipped boiling hot coffee all day. Later, I did too, including late into the night. And no, it did not bother my sleep.

I like it either black and pure or with both cream and sugar.

Cool Hub!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Will for your rapid response. I'm sure everyone has their own taste when it comes to their coffee...


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I went through stages. At one time I used cream or half and half in my coffee but one time a cafe left soured cream on the counter and that turned me off cream. for awhile I took it with nothing added then sugar, now artificial sweetener. We make ours lighter than most as when I was our of work and coffee prices went up westarted using less coffee per pot. We continue to do that.


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Kristeen 5 years ago from Michigan

I am a "with cream and sugar" coffee drinker. These days I don't drink much - a cup in the morning and one in the afternoon. I bypass the afternoon cup in the summer. I have always thought that coffee smells heavenly, but it doesn't taste as good as it smells. Maybe I should just learn to drink it black and then I would truly appreciate it. Thanks for sharing.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks dahoglund for your comments; I had heard that creamer situation before...

*and thank you Kristeen for your input also for sharing your thoughts...

*and Susan, sounds like you drink your coffee the way my sister does. I've come to the conclusion that everyone is different...


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

samsons.

With or without lemon? Just give me iced tea!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

hey lifegate, thanks for sharing your comments. I like good iced tea also...


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: I love coffee, and I need my coffee daily, two or three cups per day.

I warn all people. Stay away from me until I have had my first cup, as I am as grouchy as a grizzly bear, until I have sipped away my first cup.

I can go the whole day, without a morsel of food ever crossing my lips, as long as I can sip all day on coffee.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

well well Bro Dave, I believe I've found another true connoisseur. My sentiments exactly. Even in the summer I drink hot coffee. Oh, by the way -- does just the smell of coffee brewing actually draw you to it and cause your mouth to water?

blessings...


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Yes definitely it does. The one thing I am not into, sorry to say is those flavored coffees on the market. I prefer the smell and taste of a robust brew of usually Arabica coffee, with a little cream not milk and a little sweetner.

The only other aroma more attractive maybe than coffee is bacon sizzling in a skillet. Both are intoxicating for me.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

what breakfast would be complete without bacon and fresh brewed coffee...


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

When my little brother was born, dad took us across th creek to stay with Pap and Clara Owens. Pap drank his coffee from a saucer and slurped it. I just knew it had to be some good stuff the way he carried on. Clara made me some too but added sugar and cream. I became a fan instantly and today I don't add anything to my coffee, I like it balck and strong.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Fiddleman for your kind words and for sharing your reminisce about your younger days. My mom always added cream, milk if we didn't have the small cans of carnation cream she used just for her coffee and the fine flour gravy we'd have at supper sometimes, but my dad and I learned to drink it black so as not to interrupt our ulcers...


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Hi samsons1,

Thanks for your entertaining article on coffee. I love the way you led us through your nostalgic past experiences in the brewing and taking of coffee. It reminds me of our individual variations in taste. I personally prefer concentrated black coffee with sugar but no milk or cream. I love the taste and smell of freshly roasted coffee in the air. Your article is also very pleasantly illustrated. Good share. Will always come back for more


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Anjili for your interesting and uplifting comments and the encouragement you offer. Also for the comparisons between the two beverages- I did tweet and placed my comments on FB as well. You are welcome anytime...


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Hi samson1. Concerning my question on coffee and tea, I still need an answer from you. The context is, why do we use the word "Drink" for coffee (As in - "I want to drink coffee")and the word "Take" (As in - "I will take a cup of tea") when we are taking tea? Yet we actually DRINK both beverages


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Anjili for your comments and inquiries. As stated before, I believe it all has to do with the society and geography we grow and thrive within. Personally I say I drink either coffee or tea, while someone in another part of the world says they drink coffee and 'take' tea- I believe its something like I say tomato and you say to-m?-to...


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JimmieWriter 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

I can go without sweetener, but I really adore a little cream or whole milk in my coffee. My husband slurps his coffee.(makes me crazy)


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks JimmieWriter for stopping by and reading my hub. I use to drink coffee the way you do but found that way was disturbing my digestive system. I now enjoy the full coffee flavor and oddly enough have no trouble with my stomach. Thanks also for the follow, I will certainly reciprocate...


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

I was always a tea drinker until I had children, now I have start my day with a mug of hot, sweet, black coffee. I do agree that to really appreciate the taste it has be black, but what do I know? I favour instant coffee over filtered anytime....

A fun hub I enjoyed reading...Thank you...


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks again debbie for visiting and making observation and comments. While tea is enjoyed in Europe and Asia, I feel coffee is enjoyed in a similar fashion in the western Americas. One has to 'get accustomed' to drinking coffee I believe...


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I'll take it black. Saucered and blowed.

Up funny and awesome for you.....


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks so much for the visit and your kindness of words. Lets sit a spell and enjoy a fresh cup, okay...


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shermanblake 4 years ago from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Just black. I'm a believer! I used to put cream and sugar in it, than my friend called me an amateur 12-year old. I succumbed to the ridicule and peer pressure and haven't looked back since.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Good for you Sherman! I'm proud of you, and thanks for stopping by to read one of my hubs. Take your time and look around; you might just find something else you like...


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi samsons1,

I like mine black and strong, it is the best company i have found to work when i want to stay awake and concentrate on an assignment. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up.


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samsons1 3 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you dwachira for your visit and nice comments...


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy coffee black now and again thanks for sharing How you Learned to Drink Black Coffee


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samsons1 3 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you for taking the time to visit my HubPages and making your fine comments...

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