By Thomas Morrone CFP®, CPA
I have been a coffee drinker for more than four decades and thoroughly enjoy my morning cup to get the day going. When my affection for coffee started, it was not originally about enjoying the taste but the yearning for the caffeine. My connection with coffee started in college because of the long hours of studying and the need to stay awake even though my body wanted to go to sleep. In those days, I preferred to drink my coffee “light and sweet”. Therefore, I was not only getting a jolt from the caffeine but was getting a quick sugar rush as well. It is funny how a taste is acquired for items that are ingested. After college, I gradually eliminated all the sugar and most of the milk. So, for the last 40 years or so, I preferred my coffee with just a little milk. About a year ago, I was having some digestive issues and the Doctor recommended, among other things, to minimize the dairy products consumed. I switched to almond milk for my breakfast cereal but could not get used to the taste of the almond milk in the coffee. Now I drink my coffee black. Now, if I take a sip of coffee that accidentally has sugar in it, I almost spit it out because it is way too sweet.