I consider myself a coffee purist. Flavored coffee is a no-go for me and adding any kind of milk or sweetener just takes away from the coffee’s natural taste – which I find naturally delicious.
But every now and then, I get curious enough to try something new – like an oat milk latte at my local coffee shop. So, when I saw this new trend of using honey as a coffee sweetener, I was intrigued.
I decided to give it a try for a full week to see whether or not it lived up to the hype. Here’s how my seven days of sweetening my coffee with honey went.
On my first day of the experiment, I made a rookie mistake. I figured in the spirit of keeping my coffee as close to black as possible (and not letting anything else mask the honey taste), I’d just combine my black coffee with a teaspoon of honey and call it a day.
It was gross. The taste reminded me of the tea my mom would give me when I was sick – without milk to make it creamy, so that I wouldn’t get phlegm.
I choked it down and decided to arm myself with some almond milk to add to my new coffee concoction the next morning.
The almond milk definitely did the trick, and the flavors of almond and honey worked well together.
This cup of coffee went down much easier than my typical black coffee – and was so good I ended up going back for a second cup. But aside from my coffee tasting better, I wasn’t feeling much of a difference yet.
By the third day of the experiment, I had started looking forward to adding honey into my coffee. Unlike other sweeteners, honey has natural compounds and nutrients that can be beneficial to your health – which made me think that maybe I wasn’t adding enough for it to make a difference.
I decided to add two teaspoons instead of one the next morning to see if I noticed any changes.
Two tablespoons of sugar were much sweeter than I was used to, but it seemed to do the trick. Throughout the day I noticed myself having more energy – without the typical midday slump I was used to experiencing by 3 pm.
Although it has potential health benefits, honey also contains a lot of sugar, so I made sure that my meals for the rest of that day didn’t include sugar.
These were the days where the magic happened for me. I was waking up easier in the morning since I had something to look forward to – and wasn’t crashing midday like I had been doing before this experiment.
While the honey itself may have helped this, the fact that I was also keeping close tabs on the rest of my sugar intake probably aided in my sustained energy as well.
The final day of my experiment fell on a Sunday, when I had brunch plans with a friend. She gave me a weird look when I asked if they had any honey I could add to my coffee – but once she tried it out in her own cup, she understood why I asked.
If you’re looking to change up your morning cup of coffee, I would recommend giving honey a try. Just make sure you’re adding some type of milk to the mix as well to balance it out!