So Simple: The Coffee Sugar Solution

I’m not usually one to add sugar to my coffee, but every once in a while I bring a roast home that could use a little sugar to help cover up the burnt taste of the over-roasted beans. I’m always annoyed by the multiple dirty spoons from stirring in sugar to each individual cup by time I finish out a pot of coffee. Today it hit me (and I’m sure I’m not the first one to think of this): Add the sugar to the coffee while it’s steeping. I wouldn’t recommend this in an automatic coffee maker, but works perfectly in a French press. I made a simple syrup (1 part water + 1 part sugar stirred over medium low heat until the sugar is dissolved) and added it to the French press when I poured in the hot water. I had a perfectly sweetened pot of coffee. I added 3 tablespoons of simple syrup to a 32 oz french press of coffee. Start there and tweak it to your tastes.

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  • Katt Kasper December 4, 2012  

    Great idea! I tried it and it works! I substituted bourbon for the sugar, but…bourbon has sugar in it, right?

  • Lindsey C. December 4, 2012  

    You sir/madam. Hats. Off.

  • Amy December 4, 2012  

    I do this, except I don’t make a simple syrup, I just add a spoon full of raw sugar or brown sugar to the grounds before adding the water, then give it all a stir once te hot water is poured in. I sometimes add some cinnamon or home mixed pumpkin pie spice to the grounds as well. That is really tasty!

  • BS December 4, 2012  

    @unsightly you’re a genius.

    @Katt you’re my kind of genius.

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