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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

69 Comments

  1. Geoffrey Tim

    April 7, 2017 at 10:36

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

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    • Spathi

      April 7, 2017 at 10:44

      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!

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    • Admiral Chief

      April 7, 2017 at 10:53

      hurr burr durr?

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    • Captain JJ

      April 7, 2017 at 11:03

      Can confirm, Aeropress is the shiz.

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  2. PoisonedBelial

    April 7, 2017 at 10:40

    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.

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    • konfab

      April 7, 2017 at 10:56

      Why would you sugar coat the Death Star.

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      • Original Heretic

        April 7, 2017 at 10:59

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

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  3. Original Heretic

    April 7, 2017 at 10:42

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

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    • Kromas Ryder

      April 7, 2017 at 10:43

      Time for a tea party! The Boston kind. ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Original Heretic

        April 7, 2017 at 10:48

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

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        • Hargrim

          April 7, 2017 at 10:49

          Aaaannnd your on a list

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          • Original Heretic

            April 7, 2017 at 10:49

            *you’re

          • Hargrim

            April 7, 2017 at 10:51

            Now YOU’RE on two

            ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Original Heretic

            April 7, 2017 at 10:52

            I’m sorry, it was a reflex!

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

          • Hargrim

            April 7, 2017 at 10:52

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

  4. Kromas Ryder

    April 7, 2017 at 10:43

    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.

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    • PoisonedBelial

      April 7, 2017 at 10:43

      THIS.

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    • Hargrim

      April 7, 2017 at 10:45

      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

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      • Kromas Ryder

        April 7, 2017 at 10:47

        I would rather drink water than drink chicory.

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  5. Hargrim

    April 7, 2017 at 10:43

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

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    • Kromas Ryder

      April 7, 2017 at 10:46

      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.

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      • Hargrim

        April 7, 2017 at 10:47

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

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  6. Spathi

    April 7, 2017 at 10:51

    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.

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    • Lu

      April 7, 2017 at 11:35

      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.

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  7. Admiral Chief

    April 7, 2017 at 10:53

    Strong, little bit of sugar, and milk.

    And above all, PROPER COFFEE

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    • Captain JJ

      April 7, 2017 at 11:05

      So nothing instant then? ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Original Heretic

        April 7, 2017 at 11:12

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

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        • Captain JJ

          April 7, 2017 at 11:12

          If I’m allowed to think instant coffee isn’t decent coffee, then you’re allowed to think only one instant coffee is nice ๐Ÿ˜›

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          • Original Heretic

            April 7, 2017 at 11:14

            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

            April 7, 2017 at 11:14

            Douwe Egberts is the shizzzzz

          • Original Heretic

            April 7, 2017 at 11:15

            THAT’S the one I was referring to!

          • Original Heretic

            April 7, 2017 at 11:16

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

  8. Admiral Chief

    April 7, 2017 at 10:53

    Anything but Ricoffee and Frisco

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  9. Dresden

    April 7, 2017 at 10:53

    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.

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    • Original Heretic

      April 7, 2017 at 10:54

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

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  10. konfab

    April 7, 2017 at 10:54

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

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    • Captain JJ

      April 7, 2017 at 11:02

      Same here.

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    • Jim of the Banana

      April 7, 2017 at 14:49

      Like a boss!

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  11. Ottokie

    April 7, 2017 at 11:00

  12. Captain JJ

    April 7, 2017 at 11:02

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

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  13. VampyreSquirrel

    April 7, 2017 at 11:04

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

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  14. Lu

    April 7, 2017 at 11:36

    I like my coffee like I like my women.

    Without male genitalia.

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  15. Jonathan van de Wouw

    April 7, 2017 at 11:47

    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.

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    • Captain JJ

      April 7, 2017 at 11:52

      Not judging, admiring ๐Ÿ˜›

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  16. Captain JJ

    April 7, 2017 at 12:06

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

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    • For the Emperor!

      April 7, 2017 at 12:07

      ^^^ This!

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  17. Magoo

    April 7, 2017 at 12:54

    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.

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  18. miaau

    April 7, 2017 at 13:27

    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

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    • Dresden

      April 7, 2017 at 13:34

      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!

      Reply

  19. Jim of the Banana

    April 7, 2017 at 14:49

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

    Reply

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