Lighten up with black coffee! Percs give me perks.


Good morning! This is how I make my coffee every morning: In an old school percolator served black, no sugar, in a pretty vintage cup (I change that up, too, for added "flavor"). Not only does this save calories but it kinder to a household budget, too. I only have one cup a day, and don't consume any caffeine after that.

One of the things I've written about in my book is how the culture of coffee has changed in America. Instead of sipping hot coffee with maybe a tad of cream and/or sugar at home we now have this:


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  1. Is it true that the caffeine in coffee helps you lose weight by increasing your metabolism/energy? I've always wondered about that.

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    1. Susie, from what I've read, some studies will suggest yes, it can help increase your metabolism for weight loss while others will state otherwise. Personally I think excessive caffeine consumption contributes to obesity and a poor diet. In the 50s caffeine wasn't a basic food group like it seems to be today. Kids shouldn't need to drink Red Bull for energy. I think too many people rely on stimulants for "vim and vigor" when in reality it's healthful eating a fit lifestyle that trims a waistline. When people are sluggish because of excessive simple carbs, sugar and lack of exercise, coffee seems like an easy fix to at least give some artificial "energy." This may make it easier to not reach for something to eat, especially when on one of the many current day diets. In the long run that isn't a healthy or effective strategy.

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  2. It's so true how coffee drinking has changed and changed our waistlines! Toting a bottle of water around makes sense but a frozen coffee drink? Just call it a treat and be honest about it. To me the whole idea of having a cup of coffee or tea is to relax- not gulp it down to stay awake.

    Sarah H.

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    1. Coffee today is more like a sundae! I think people rationalize it by thinking of it as just coffee.

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  3. I got a stovetop percolator so I don't have to suffer through a coffee-less morning if the power goes out...like it did for three horrible mornings during storms last winter!!1

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    1. You have a gas range, I take it. Good thinking!

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    2. Yes...and it was a godsend during the storm (as was our gas fire place -- decidedly not 1950s and very McMansion, but we all camped out in front of it as it was our only source of heat with 3 feet of snow outside!) -- I was able to keep us fed with eggs, hamburgers, and hot tea, but OH, did we miss our coffee. :)

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    3. A gas range is very 1950s! :)

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  4. Bouncing off on Sarah H's comment, back in the 1950's heck even up until the 1990's I don't recall people carrying around drinks with them! Does anyone else recall that behavior to be uncommon up until about the 1990's?


    Amy D.

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    1. Amy I recall in the 80s people began carrying water bottles with them which was in the spirit of the working-out chic thing (bandana, leotards, leggings, etc) but I think Starbucks was a big part of initiating the culture of coffee with lots in it on the go every day throughout the day.

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    2. And I agree with your timeline of it being the 90s when walking around sipping and gulping become the norm.

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  5. That picture of the percolator reminds me of a great -aunt of mine who brewed her coffee the same way! I have always wanted to purchase a percolator but have not thus far.Many people have said that percolated coffee is absolutely great,what is your opinion?I do have a Keurig and a tradtional coffee maker as well and hopefully my next purchase will be a percolator.Lori S.

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    1. Lori I LOVE percolated coffee over any other kind! One of the best perks is that you don't need to buy a filer since it's built in. Most coffee filters are bleached white and contain taste and chemicals you don't want leaching into your brew. I also don't like that modern day coffee brewers are made of plastic and I don't like that added "flavor" either.

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  6. I LOVE my percolator and I have the glass cups too! So glad someone else likes it- The coffee is not too strong so it tastes great black and it's piping hot- plus no plastics leeching into my drink like I'm sure those little K-cup things do. Enjoy : )

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  7. I have been watching lots of 50's and 60's movies on TCM lately and I noticed how TINY the coffee cups were then! (And the espresso cups look doll-sized!) Especially when a man is holding one! My husband picked out some coffee cups for our wedding registry that were the size of soup bowls. Is it possible to retrain one to think smaller is better? I am picking up some (small) antique cups for myself to use!

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    1. Because we're exposed to increasing sizes all around us, people and things, larger becomes normalized. Going back to media from the 50s and 60s is a good way to remind yourself that it wasn't always this way and to find inspiration. It works for me. :)

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  8. I was thinking the same thing! The cups in your ad look about 6-8oz. We ordered tall Caramel Brulles as a treat for Christmas shopping. I drank about 8 oz. I won't lie it was delicious, but I can't imagine chugging down a Grande.
    I quit putting anything in my coffee years ago. I've found there are pleasant tastes in it that are lost with the cream and sugar.

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    1. I agree- I love the taste of black coffee.

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