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How to Make Coffee Taste Good Without Creamer: 8 Ideas!

black coffee with white and brown sugar

Creamer is an easy way to balance out any bitterness and add delicious flavor to your coffee. But it also adds extra calories to your day! If you are wondering how to make coffee taste good without creamer, you’re in the right place.

Here are 8 creamer-free ways to make your coffee more delicious. Your taste buds and waistline will thank you!

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Top 8 Ways to Make Coffee Taste Good Without Creamer:

1. Upgrade Your Coffee Maker

pour over coffee guide

Are you still using a decades-old drip machine? You may want to upgrade your equipment to enjoy your coffee with creamer! We recommend trying a pour-over (like the Chemex, Hario V60, or Kalita Wave) for complex, clear coffee with lots of flavors. You can also try a French press or stovetop Moka pot for rich, full-bodied coffee, or get the affordable AeroPress for delicious brewing on the go. Have a larger budget? Try an authentic Italian espresso machine!

2. Use Fresh, High-Quality Coffee Beans

Lifeboost Medium Roast coffee

If you already love your coffee maker, you can upgrade your coffee beans, instead. Many of us add cream to our coffee to make it easier on our stomachs. If that’s you, try a naturally low-acid coffee like Lifeboost or Purity. For the best overall flavor, buy whole-bean coffee and grind it just before brewing.

3. Spices

Cinnamon Coffee
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If you’ve ever had a gingerbread latte or a dirty chai, you know how delicious spices can be in coffee. Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or pumpkin spice to your cup and see what you think. We’re willing to bet that you won’t even miss that creamer!

4. Sweeteners

is honey sweeter than sugar?

If you want to skip the dairy but don’t care about calories, why not add a little sweetener to your coffee? White and brown sugar are classic coffee mix-ins, but less processed alternatives like honey and agave can also be tasty.

5. Citrus

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There’s one big benefit to skipping the creamer: no chance of curdling! Add a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange to your black coffee for an interesting citrus twist.

6. Salt

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Yes, this sounds strange, but adding a pinch of salt to your coffee can make it less bitter! It is a quick, inexpensive way to make your coffee taste just a little bit better.

7. Flavor Extracts

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Another great way to add flavor to your coffee is a splash of your favorite extract! You can add a little hazelnut, peppermint, vanilla, or almond extract for a sugar-free, cream-free flavor.

8. Mint Leaves

mint leaves

One of our favorite ways to take a plain cup of coffee over the top? Fresh mint leaves! Mint is especially tasty in iced coffee or cold brew. Crush or muddle a few leaves or simply rest them on top of your glass.

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Final Thoughts

Creamy coffee is tasty, but there are lots of other ways to enjoy your favorite drink! We hope you enjoyed learning how to make coffee taste good without creamer. Whether you upgrade your coffee machine, add salt, or squeeze in an orange, you’ll be enjoying better coffee in no time.


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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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