Hit or Miss: How do you take your coffee?

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When I was younger, I used to have two options for how I take my coffee. I would either take it milk no sugar or sugar without milk. I know, I was weird. Then I went off to university and it was way easier to keep sugar in my house than fresh milk, so I ended up switching to black with sugar. To this day, I take my coffee black but with one sugar; this is particularly convenient as my husband takes his coffee the same way, so we can easily make each other coffee or even share in dire circumstances. That said, when I’m out at a restaurant, I will more likely get a cappuccino than a filter coffee.

I’ve always been a bit of a coffee snob, but it’s only gotten worse over the years. These days, I fresh grind my beans (preferably single origin Kenyan or Rwandan). I’ve gone through far too many French Press contraptions over the years and nothing was sturdy enough for the quantities of coffee we drink at home, so I’m now quite happy with my filter coffee machine.

From pod coffee to fresh ground to whatever that instant stuff is made out of, coffee is ubiquitous. But everyone seems to have their own views about what’s drinkable and how they like it. I know some of you will think sugar in coffee is just disgusting while others can only drink theirs with more milk and sugar than actual bean product.

How do YOU take your coffee, and what judgements do you make about how everyone else does it?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: April 7, 2017

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Zoe Hawkins

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  • A burr grinder and an aeropress will give you *THE* best coffee.

    • Spathi

      Aeropress is the shit. My father in law has a R 13 000-00 Jura machine at home and the Aeropress makes better coffee. More effort though, but worth it!

    • Admiral Chief

      hurr burr durr?

    • Captain JJ

      Can confirm, Aeropress is the shiz.

  • PoisonedBelial

    Black, but with sugar.

    It must also be the size of the Deathstar and powerful enough to destroy planets.

    Please also note that an Americano means NO MILK – why the shit all the coffee places ask if you want milk when ordering that, I have no idea.

    • konfab

      Why would you sugar coat the Death Star.

      • Original Heretic

        Because a spoon full of sugar helps the midichlorians go down.

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL!

  • Original Heretic

    I drink tea. With a little finger in the air. Like an aristocrat. Or a ponce.

    • Time for a tea party! The Boston kind. 😛

      • Original Heretic

        I like my tea parties the way I like my women: in protest!

        • Hargrim

          Aaaannnd your on a list

          • Original Heretic

            *you’re

          • Hargrim

            Now YOU’RE on two

            😀

          • Original Heretic

            I’m sorry, it was a reflex!

            EDIT: In my defence, I’ve been doing a LOT of literary editing lately…

          • Hargrim

            Is ok, it is a day of protest, I was just doing my part

  • Does not matter how you take your coffee. It is all about taste. HOWEVER if you take chicory instead of coffee beans you are a barbarian.

    • PoisonedBelial

      THIS.

    • Hargrim

      Chicory is still better than tea. Gotta cut the budget somewhere, how else am I going to pay for all these shiny games CH keeps making me want

      • I would rather drink water than drink chicory.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Strong with milk and sugar.

  • Hargrim

    Whatever is cheapest, with 2 sugar and just a touch of milk.

    • Define “cheapest”. Ricoffy and Frisco (typing that word put a bad taste in my mouth) are not made from 100% coffee beans and thus don’t really count as coffee.

      • Hargrim

        Any instant 100% coffee that’s on special. If none, Ricoffy

  • MonsterCheddar

    Slow day at the office hey?

  • Spathi

    If I know it’s good coffee, black, no sugar. If I’m not sure what “coffee” I’ll be getting, I’ll rather take milk and sugar with.

    • Lu

      This. I don’t drink sugar, but plastic “coffee” has to have milk, as do most coffee shop brands.
      Kinda like crappy brandy gets mixed with coke, but the good stuff stays clean.

  • Admiral Chief

    Strong, little bit of sugar, and milk.

    And above all, PROPER COFFEE

    • Captain JJ

      So nothing instant then? 😛

      • Original Heretic

        There’s only ONE nice instant coffee.
        Then again, I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so my opinion is worth nothing.

        • Captain JJ

          If I’m allowed to think instant coffee isn’t decent coffee, then you’re allowed to think only one instant coffee is nice 😛

          • Original Heretic

            If you’re a coffee purist, I can understand your point of view. I used to be like that. Used to frequent coffee shops ALL the time, started hating instant.
            Then I broke up with the lass who was dragging me all the coffee shops and I no longer cared.

          • Admiral Chief

            Douwe Egberts is the shizzzzz

          • Original Heretic

            THAT’S the one I was referring to!

          • Original Heretic

            The Pure Gold is my favourite. I don’t like it too strong.

  • Admiral Chief

    Anything but Ricoffee and Frisco

  • Dresden

    One sugar and a bit of milk. I don’t judge on how someone prefers their coffee but I also think too much sugar detracts the taste of coffee.

    Though it has always boggled my mind how some people drink sweet coffee (anything more than 3 sugars). I’ve even had a colleague who drank his coffee with 10 SUGARS!
    I personally think you could then just toss away the coffee and have some hot sugar water with milk.

    • Original Heretic

      10? 10?!? W…WHY?!? That’s like saying “I WANT to be a diabetic!”

  • konfab

    Black, no sugar.
    I used to drink about 5 full cups a day (*__*)

    • Captain JJ

      Same here.

    • Jim of the Banana

      Like a boss!

  • Hammersteyn

    I drink caffiene, don’t care what form it comes in as long as it’s hot

    • Admiral Chief
      • Hammersteyn

        the hell is that?

      • MonsterCheddar

        LOOOOOOOL

      • Jonathan van de Wouw

        Actually tried some when a mate went to Bali. Tastes like a haggis made a poop

        • Admiral Chief

          Haggis poop looolz

    • Admiral Chief

      San Andreas coffee eh?

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

    • Dresden

      Hot energy drinks?!

      • Hammersteyn

        Room temperature is fine

  • Captain JJ

    Black, no sugar. But none of that instant stuff.

    • Hammersteyn

      Stop being so privileged

      • Captain JJ

        It’s actually not more expensive, unless you buy Ricoffee. But that’s not coffee.

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

  • VampyreSquirrel

    In a cup, with milk and sugar… 4 to 8 times a day.

  • Lu

    I like my coffee like I like my women.

    Without male genitalia.

  • Jonathan van de Wouw

    Ah, a fellow coffee snob /peers back into the rabbit hole I’ve been climbing down for the past few years. When I was young (I never needed, anyone…. oh wait) I used to drink it from a tin laced with 3 spoons of the white sweet stuff and milky enough to make a cow blush. When I got married, I moved from utter pleb to semi-pleb by opting for a french press with pre-packaged ground coffee. Then I discovered something amazing – freshly roasted beans from any of our numerous quality outfits in SA (here’s looking at you Bootlegger, Truth, Deluxe, Urban Grind), ground fresh to cup in a burr grinder and dosed lovingly in my little Saeco espresso machine into a double walled latte glass. To that I like to add one small sugar / sweetener and a ratio of one third coffee, two thirds milk (call it a latte). When I feel fancy I like to make that delicious microfoam with the steam wand on my machine but usually don’t have time for that. In a pinch, for holidays or business trips, I have a Gator handheld burr grinder and an Aeropress. I know. Don’t judge me.

    • Captain JJ

      Not judging, admiring 😛

  • Captain JJ

    Nice to see the hit and miss is about this and not something political.

    • For the Emperor!

      ^^^ This!

  • Magoo

    Two spoons of Nescafe, and milk. If I want something extravagant I drink Hug in a Mug. No need for unnecessary appliances and beans from irrelevant regions.

  • miaau

    Tea. only tea, but thank you for playing.

    Milk and one artificial sweetener (sugar issues, not diet related)

    Simple. Tea is my great pleasure, after I quit smoking in 2008

    • Dresden

      I can relate. Coffee & cigarettes are just one of those duo’s (for me at least).
      I quit smoking as well and coffee took it’s place as my small daily pleasure.

      Though I have to admit, nothing beats a good cup of Rooibos Tea!

  • Jim of the Banana

    No milk, no sugar… I take my coffee… straight, like god intended!

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