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Do you add sugar or Sweetener to an espresso shot?

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Hello,

 

This is my first post on this forum, so I hope I am doing everything correctly! :confused:

 

I currently own a Nespresso Citiz and Milk machine and I love it very much and naturally as this is my first machine, I want to experiment and try lots of different recipes.

 

It would be a fair comment to say that at the moment, whilst I do love a cup of coffee I am no taste professional. I am learning!

 

What I am wondering though is. Does anyone here reading this add any sugar or sweeteners to a freshly brewed short or lungo espresso?

 

In some ways I feel this is not normal, I do like to have sweeteners in my coffee but this tends to be only when mixed with frothed milk but not black. I tend to wonder by adding sweetness am I ruining the flavour as a whole of the shot?

 

I understand that it would be down to the individuals taste on whether you do or do not add to it. But it would be great to get a better understanding of peoples perceptions and opinions on this.

 

Thanks for reading my first ever post and I look forward to any replies and getting involved in lots of talk about coffee! :):coffee:

 

Benjamin

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Hi and welcome. Don't think you'll find much sugar being added to espresso around here. Coffee has a natural sweetness that if extracted properly shines through.


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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I don't add sugar. Although I also use fresh ground and roasted coffee which will make a tastier espresso than a nespresso (IMHO ),


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I bought the other half a Nespresso CitiZ And Milk, it is the king of pod machines, but not really what people round these parts call proper coffee. Back on topic.. I'm not sure if I actually own any sugar. I would never put it in coffee, although I do like a latte and sometimes go for a dab of Monin vanilla or gingerbread syrup. Although, the deeper I head into this coffee lark, the more I'm drifting away from additives of any kind.


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Thanks for the replies so far! I agree with Sean, I do tend to have gingerbread Monin syrup and vanilla in my coffees sometimes. I much prefer my Nespresso for convenience more than anything else. I may add a little bit of squirty cream to the gingerbread if I am feeling generous for a treat! :drink:

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If you like sugar with your espresso, add it to the cup before making the shot: It minimises stirring to dissolve the sugar & hence minimises cooling of the brew.

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Hi and welcome!

 

I never add anything to my espresso - although many of my Italian friends are horrified that I don't. They all seem to add a little sugar. That may, of course, be because the coffee is bitter due to not being properly extracted!!


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Hi and welcome!

 

I never add anything to my espresso - although many of my Italian friends are horrified that I don't. They all seem to add a little sugar. That may, of course, be because the coffee is bitter due to not being properly extracted!!

 

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If you feel the need to add something then do so. Personally, I add milk to mine as I find a cup of just espresso, especially a dark roast, just too much.

 

I had to laugh at my dad.. I made what I considered to be a thoroughly decent Cappuccino for him and the first thing he did was to stir it all up with a spoon and then dump two spoon fulls of white sugar in it. Then he took his first sip. His choice, but I almost cried!


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I don't add sugar to espresso because for me it disguises the subtle flavours of the coffee too much. But if I have a americano with a bit of milk then I will have a single spoon of demerara. I don't have sugar in any all milk coffees as milk has a lovely natural sweetness if not over-steamed.

 

Don't feel embarrassed about adding sugar. It is personal taste. There is no right or wrong and if that is how you like your coffee then enjoy!

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If you need/want to add sugar/sweetnener then do.

 

Personally, I aim to get the sweetness out of the coffee itself.


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Ive never added sugar to hot drinks so, to my tastes, adding sugar makes a bad drink taste worse. But has been said previously, it is personal preference


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I always add sugar, but only ever brown

 

Or a syrup if Im feeling decadent

 

Then again I'm not a connesieur either - Im still learning

 

Nice hint on adding sugar 1st from espressotechno - thanks

 

To me do whatever floats your boat and enjoy!

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I always have a spoon of demerera in milk based coffees, but I never have any sugar in an espresso.

 

I'll skip the sugar if only white is available.

 

I tend to have a latte in the morning and espresso in the evening.

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I had a coffee from Starbucks last week and it must be the first time I've put 2 sugars in to take away the truly hideous ashy taste away. I'm truly ruined for life thanks to this forum :)


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Starbucks coffee - well there's the problem!

I don't think anything can redeem it.

Sugar is probably better than chemical sweeteners, but try to live without either.


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I have never managed to come across an espresso or other drink of coffee that I didn't prefer with a bit of sugar, extracted at home or bought from a respected coffee shop. It is undoubtedly true that a lot, or even all the bitterness of an espresso goes when properly extracted, but for my palette a bit of sugar is needed to make it truly enjoyable.

 

That said, if you are drinking espresso from starbucks, you could well enjoy a proper espresso from a good coffee shop without any sugar at all.

 

Find the best independent near you and give it a try :)

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Motorway services....middle of the night.... Costa medium americano...... 10 sugars..... bottle of water to freshen my mouth sometime in the remaining 2 hour journey.

 

At home milk added if espresso is not sweet enough.

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