Sugar Alternatives for Your Coffee

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There are two kinds of coffee drinkers -- those who love nothing more than black coffee and those who prefer to add a little something to their brews. If you belong to the latter camp and have grown tired of plain old sugar, we've got a few sweet alternatives for you.


Though it usually accompanies tea, honey can be just as good in coffee. Try adding a teaspoon or two of this sweet stuff into your morning cup of Joe. Not only can honey soothe a scratchy throat, it has also been known to boost the immune system.

Maple Syrup 

We've tried it in the office. A little splash of pure maple syrup can add a nice touch to "breakfast" coffee. It will round out the notes of a coffee and add a slight aroma, not a bad thing on a cold morning.

Agave Nectar

Often available in organic varieties, agave nectar offers a natural alternative to sugar. Since it's already in liquid form, agave nectar can easily be used to sweeten iced coffee.

Flavored Syrup 

Not only will they add a hint of flavor and aroma to a drink, syrups, such as Monin Syrups, can also be used to sweeten your beverage. Best of all, Monin Syrups are available in organic and sugar-free options (check out all options here).

Condensed Milk 

An essential ingredient in Vietnamese coffee, condensed milk acts as sweetener and creamer in one. Try it in an Americano or drip coffee but remember, a little bit goes a long way.

We're curious to know, what do you take in your coffee? And, are you willing to give unconventional sweeteners a try?


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The Agave nectar works very well. I feel that it doesn't interfere with the flavor of your coffee much at all. Anyone interested in alternatives should try it. I for one, don't like honey or maple syrup in my coffee, though I like either in tea. Go figure. The Vietnamese coffee is a special favorite of mine. I recommend this to everyone at least once. I won't drink it regularly because I find it too rich as a daily drink, but when I go to a restaurant that serves Vietnamese, watch out, 2 or 3 at least. The local Saigon version is served as a cup with the condensed milk already added and the coffee already steeped and served in a small french press for the patron to add themselves to the cup. Love it.
I've tried and love agave nectar. It can get a bit expensive (at least where I'm at) and my standby has always been simple syrup. Just remember to factor in the amount of sweetener, volume-wise, when selecting a cup size. Spillovers are embarrassing when entertaining!
Condensed milk is amazing, so I would think dulce Le leche would be fantastic ! I only use condensed milk rarely as a treat. I really like honey and love to add vanilla bean paste with it. YUM !
My DH loves a fair amount Caramel Syrup in his morning latte. I can go for a smidge of agave in my morning lungo, with a tablespoon of half-n-half (my indulgence coffee). I do like Vietnamese coffee, as well. My fav though is still a good ol' cafe con leche, hold the sweet. Yum!

I like a little sorgum (a molasses made from the sorgum plant, a staple in the deep south)  syrup in my coffee drinks.  My son puts just a touch of jalapeno in his.  I know it sounds crazy but if you are a lover of peppers you might try it.  Be careful how much you put in as the heat from  your coffee will intensify the heat of the pepper so sneak up on it till you find your limit.  

  ken       4 months ago