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White Coffee

Susan Poc was sitting at home waiting for a pot of coffee to finish brewing.  A painter by trade, Susan was trying to work out a design in her head and had decided that she needed a nice cup of coffee to help her relax. Ideas were floating through her head and she just needed a soothing cup of coffee to come up with the best way to complete her painting.  The automatic drip coffee maker (one of the many coffee makers that you can learn about in the section Coffee Makers) was coming near the end of brew and Sue eagerly poured herself a cup.  However, when she went to the fridge to get a coffee whitener, she was shocked to find that she didn't have anything left.  No coffee whitener, no cream, no milk, nothing.  What should have been a relaxing cup of coffee has suddenly turned into a challenge.  With no other choice but drink the coffee straight up, Susan drank up the black coffee with her mind distracted.  However, it wasn't her painting that she was thinking about.  No, she was thinking about how much she loved white coffee.

While coffee purists may mock others for 'polluting' their coffee with a coffee whitener, the vast majority of coffee drinkers prefer their coffee white.  White coffee does not actually mean a cup of coffee that has a white color.  Rather it refers to a cup of coffee that has some sort of coffee whitener added to it.  The effect of a coffee whitener is that it softens the taste of the coffee beans and changes the color of a black coffee to a robust brown.  The most common types of coffee whiteners used in white coffee are cream or milk.

White coffee is generally sweeter than black coffee and similar to black coffee refers to a coffee drink that is different based on presentation.  It is a slang term that is used to describe a cup of coffee that has had milk or cream added to it.  In Australia, the term white coffee or flat white is also used to describe a variety of espresso drinks or coffee based beverages that have milk in it.  The term white coffee is also used to describe a cup of instant coffee that has a dash of cold milk added to it.  White coffee can also have sugar or other sweeteners added to it to increase its flavor.

In addition to milk and cream, there are a number of non-dairy coffee whiteners available for coffee lovers that prefer a cup of white coffee to a cup of black coffee, but who do not eat dairy products.  However, it is important to note that coffee whitener is never suitable for a baby and should never be given to a baby due to the fact that it lacks the nutrients that babies need.  As most parents do not give babies white coffee, this is a concern that most people do not have to worry about.

For the coffee drinker that loves the sweet taste of a white coffee, prepare to have your mind blown!  There are very few coffee drinks as sweet as a cup of white chocolate coffee and for your convenience, here's a recipe for it:

  1. Place three ounces of chopped white chocolate and two cups of milk (either half-and-half or whole) in a medium bowl.
  2. Place this bowl in a microwave and heat it at a high temperature for 1 minute.
  3. Take out this bowl and stir it.
  4. Place bowl back into microwave and heat again for 1 minute.
  5. Take bowl out and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  6. Stir this mixture into two cups of hot freshly brewed coffee.
  7. For extra flavor, top each cup with whipped cream and/or chocolate curls.
  8. Drink up and enjoy this premium white coffee drink!