aab1 wrote:Is it considered ok to put sugar in an espresso?
My guests are welcome to drink their coffee however they wish. Most are used to bitter espresso from national chains like Starbucks, so they add sugar. I've successfully weaned a few from the sugary coverup, but they complain that I've "ruined" their enjoyment of national coffee chains.
When I lived overseas, I added 1-1/2 cubes of sugar to espresso to cover up the dull, bitter flavors. Today I'll add some out of curiosity, but invariably it throws the balance off, producing a monotonic sickly-sweet hot brew. That said, I find the natural sweetness of steamed milk compliments most coffees.
By the way, as I noted in What to do about newbie noise
, I don't mind revisiting old arguments from time-to-time, but be aware this has come up many times. Even the "related topics" at the bottom of the page found several good matches:
The site features lots of articles, search aids, and FAQs. As suggested in the Guidelines for productive online discussion
, this helps raise the discussion level; "newbie" questions are welcome, but they are more likely to receive thoughtful replies if some initial research is done beforehand.