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how do ya sweeten ur coffee?


I like my espresso sweet.
The 'no white' scare has gotten me, hence no white sugar.
What do u'all use: stevia (adds a chemical taste)?, molasses?, brown sugar?, maple syrup?honey?

Organic sugar packs from high-end cafes, , inadvertently slipped in: LOL

Any healthy suggestions?
Any home made sweetener versions?
Do suggest brand names of ur faves.


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  1. Sucanat. It's a health food store brand of unrefined cane sugar--darker and dustier looking than turbinado--that has all the good molasses flavor and healthy things still in it...we love it so much we buy it in 25 and 50 pound bags, now. It's our ONLY "drinking" sugar. I'd bake with it more but it doesn't measure accurately. It may be our imaginations at work but my husband and I feel we get less of a Sugar Jag from this, too.

    From Wki:
    Sucanat (a contraction of "Sugar Cane Natural") is non-refined cane sugar.[1] Unlike refined and processed white sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content; it is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. The juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated and cooled at which point the small brown grainy crystals are formed.
    Sucanat is generally accepted as a substitute for brown sugar.[2] Unlike regular brown sugar, sucanat is grainy instead of crystalline. Of all major sugars derived from sugar cane, Sucanat (not a "processed" sugar[3]) ranks the highest in nutritional value, containing a smaller proportion of sucrose than white cane sugar.[4] However, Sucanat (in common with all sugars) is not a significant source of any nutrient apart from simple carbohydrates."

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    1. re: Beckyleach

      A small amount of good old white sugar.

      1. re: Beckyleach

        thanks , will try this, i am assuming this tops demerra as well . in health benefits, and will use it in green tea and baking.
        do u have experience baking with it?

          1. re: just_M

            Me three and a little goes a long way!
            Otherwise I drink my java black.

          2. re: soypower

            Me too. It has a good caramel-ey flavor. :)

          3. I like to use a little Ghirardelli sweet ground chocolate & cocoa.

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            1. re: Sam at Novas

              hi sam
              ur suggestion sounds great. thanks

            2. I use Lindt 70% cocoa bar, just a wee block of it in my espresso. Divine....

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              1. re: Soyabean

                i also use Lindt. one square with every espresso but not _in_ it because my espresso is so thick a spoon stands straight up on its own! [ a stack of Lindt --> http://saudades.proboards.com/index.c... ]

              2. DH swears by Sweet and Low but I can't stand it, nor can I tolerate stevia.
                I use plain ol' Domino sugar--just a little. Demerara sugar is also nice, though I doubt it's any better for you than regular sugar.

                Are you looking for a "healthy" alternative?

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                1. re: iluvcookies

                  yes my friend
                  i am looking for healthy alternatives, as the only coffee i can drink is espressso, double shot in the morning/evening
                  thanks for ur ans.

                2. Agave nectar. Natural, sweet, and without the chemical taste, at least to me.

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                  1. re: Brianne920

                    I second Agave nectar. I first read about it in the Glycemic Index book. And it's already in liquid form so it's easy to use in cold drinks.

                    1. re: pdxgastro

                      I started using Agave in coffee a couple of years ago and now use it in everything, tea, cereal, plain yogurt.. I now prefer the taste over sugar or honey

                      Whole Foods 365 brand.. about $6 for 16oz

                  2. truvia, which is a brand name of stevia...... I love the sweetness it imparts without feeling like i'm ingesting a lot of chemicals

                    1. Equal. I also prefer Diet Coke to Regular, for the flavor, not the calories (or lack thereof).

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                      1. re: ktb615

                        second the preferring diet coke to regular for flavor

                        1. re: kubasd

                          me three... thought I was the only one

                      2. a teaspoon of dulce de leche

                        1. I don't myself (plain whole milk for me), but my boyfriend HAS to have chocolate (whole) milk made with Chatfield cocoa powder and light brown/demerara sugar.

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                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                            thanks to all who took time to ans.

                          2. honey and 1/2 & 1/2 for me.
                            can't take white sugar in it anymore.

                            1. no sweetener for me, just strong coffee with lots of half and half.

                              1. I drink my coffee black, no sugar. When I was 15 and wanted to drink coffee, my Mom said I could ONLY if I drank it black, unsweetened. She said I would be grateful later. And she was right. Life is MUCH simpler if you drink your coffee black.

                                1. DH takes hot chocolate mix in his coffee (chocolate and creamer in one), I bet you could find one that uses a sugar substitute.

                                  As for me, I use either hot chocolate mix, or sugar and half & half, or vanilla syrup (I think I've seen sugar-free versions of the syrups. They mix in better than granulated sugar too)

                                  1. In the summer I like my espresso iced with a dash of vanilla extract. In winter it is sweetened with whatever cookie I am eating. Today it is ginger snaps.

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