Coffee culture has spawned numerous Starbucks, coffee shops and coffee chains as a cup of coffee continues to allude to adulthood.
While they may be rare, there are people who don’t like coffee.
I, myself don’t like the taste of a bitter pure coffee at first. So I tried using those pre-packed instant coffees, and that’s how I got started.
Eventually, my palette evolve, and I started drinking pure coffee. Later on, I get to explore and try different kinds of beans, roasted at different times– you get the idea.
So if you want to try coffee, but don’t like it’s taste- I totally get you. And in this post, I’m going to give you a list of drink suggestions for if you don’t like coffee, but may want to try.
If you’re not a fan of how coffee tastes like, brewed tea is a great choice since it has enough caffeine to tide you over the day. Many non-coffee drinkers like the black, white, green, and kombucha flavor.
Green Coffee Refresher
Green coffee refreshers come from unroasted green coffee beans and offer enough caffeine without tasting like coffee.
Its light and smooth taste and flavor make it the perfect coffee for people who don’t like coffee.
A mochaccino (aka café mocha) contains a shot of espresso, hot chocolate, and steamed milk. Its smooth taste and predominant chocolate flavor have made it the chocolate version of the café latte.
The café mocha has many versions and is also customizable as you can replace the milk with whipped cream and add sugar, cream, and even marshmallows on top. Whether hot or cold, it yields the same sweet flavor.
Café Lattes are shots of espresso mixed with milk, with a usual ratio of 2/3 of milk and 1/3 of coffee. The smooth coffee flavor makes it the perfect “coffee” for people who don’t like or are new to drinking coffee.
It also has many versions like the vanilla latte and tea-based lattes like the matcha and chai latte variants.
Here’s our guide on how to make a delicious latte.
The caramel macchiato contains espresso, caramel syrup, and steamed milk, resulting in sweet and creamy flavors. While originally hot, you can now have this “coffee” drink cold. It’s a smooth drink, but it has a stronger coffee taste compared to the other “coffee” that might be unsuitable for those who can’t tolerate coffee.
This unique drink is like a smoothie made of coffee, milk, sugar, and ice that both non-coffee and coffee drinkers can like and enjoy. Starbucks is well-known for this coffee, but it’s also available in most coffee shops.
Cold brew is a strange pick for non-coffee drinkers since it’s a strong coffee brew, but its roasting process directly extracts the flavors from the coffee beans and thus, avoids making burnt and bitter coffee.
Compared to regular coffee, cold brewed coffee is naturally smoother and sweeter. While this coffee is usually served as black coffee, you can add milk, or sweeteners to dilute coffee taste.
Compared to the other “coffee”, the cappuccino has a stronger coffee essence due to using a darker coffee bean roast which in turn, yields a higher caffeine content.
Hence, it’s ideal for people who’re starting to like coffee or get used to its taste. This classic roasted coffee beverage is served in a small cup of coffee, depending on the coffee shop.
Aside from coffee, this drink contains milk, cream and sugar to balance out the tastes and flavors.
Here’s our guide on how to make a delicious cappuccino.
Another classic cup of coffee is the flat white which offers stronger coffee flavor that’s perfect for budding coffee drinkers.
It’s made of coffee espresso shots and a thin steam milk layer called microform. Hence, this coffee is usually confused with the café latte but this drink comes in a smaller cup.
Here’s our guide on how to make a delicious flat white.
French Vanilla is made of either light or medium-roast coffee added with fresh vanilla.
It’s a versatile beverage since you can effortlessly combine it with other flavors like hazelnut, caramel and you can even top it off with whipped cream for a flavorful morning cup of coffee.
What is the first-time coffee for non-coffee drinkers?
The drinks listed here contain the caffeine you need without the added bitterness. However, if we were to recommend a drink for a first timer, then the café latte is the safest choice with its mild coffee taste.
Moreover, you can easily build it up by adding various condiments and other ingredients to suit your tastes.
You can also try the cappuccino; however, it’s slightly stronger which can be a deal breaker for some drinkers.
How do you avoid ordering bad or bitter coffee?
Most drip coffee in coffee chains are already stale or old coffee since baristas tend to brew in large amounts.
So, you get a coffee cup that tastes bitter.
To avoid that, ask your barista which of the brewed coffee was recently made and request to get your coffee order from that one.
You can also reduce the bitter taste by adding salt, milk, cream, and sugar or even water to your cup of black coffee.
Why is coffee bitter?
It depends on the coffee beans and its roast.
Coffee beans come in different roasts, varying from light roast to dark roast.
To make coffee for people who don’t like coffee, avoid both the light-roasted and dark-roasted ones as these are only for an experienced coffee drinker.
Light roasts can taste acidic and sour while dark roasts can be extremely bitter if improperly brewed. Instead, opt for using the medium- to dark-roasted ones.
The type of coffee you use can also be the cause for the bitter taste.
I suggest you try different types of coffee. Usually, Arabica coffee beans are less bitter compared to the Robusta beans.
How to make coffee that doesn’t taste like coffee?
Instant coffee is more ideal since the coffee flavor is already diluted. Make sure to also not leave it in hot water for too long since it will affect the flavor.
Some brewing methods also produce less stronger coffee flavors like the moka pot, drip coffee, and French press.
This is because these methods grant the user more control over the machine.
While rare, there are some people who don’t like coffee, but still need caffeine to function.
The “coffee” listed here are designed to provide such energy sans the strong taste and flavor associated in the usual coffee cup or drink.
Despite the coffee-like appearance, they taste like the sweeter ingredients. As such, it’s perfect for non-coffee drinkers but still appetizing enough for any coffee lover.
To make a perfect cup of coffee that doesn’t taste like coffee, the roasts, brewing method, and beans used can largely affect your morning coffee beverage.
Whether you can successfully drink coffee or not, hopefully this guide was helpful in your non-coffee or coffee journey. Happy “coffee” drinking!