I could see myself becoming a coffee drinker if I found one I liked, so recommend some.
I don’t really like the coffee taste, but I’ve found that I really like regular black coffee with a ton of sugar, but I don’t want to start drinking sugar like that for obvious reasons. Are there any sweet coffees with a mild “coffee taste”?
Like EJsGirl, said, kona is really good. It always seems to be lightly roasted.
Basically, any light roast is good. If you go to a place like Whole Foods you can pick out a bean of your choice from the barrels and grind it for free, right there. Keep the ground beans in your fridge.
I eventually purchased a grinder and I still make my coffee in a Bialetti.
Alright, so I very rarely drink coffee and since you say you’re a beginner looking for something sweeter, I’ll let you in on the best coffee ever from a non-gourmand’s perspective. Dunkin Donuts flavoured varieties-available ground at your grocery store (any old grocery store, not availableat Shmancy Whole Foods…I think they only carry Peet’s). I probably gained a couple of dress sizes in grad school drinking their damn coffee-mostly because I’d lighten it with cream. Now I live on the West Coast, where they don’t seem to have any DD so the other day I went looking for it, found it, and made it in the Bialetti (it’s a stovetop coffee maker popular in Europe). It tastes EXACTLY like from the stores. Because I’m calorie conscious I lighten it with skim milk and do not find that I need any additional sweeteners.
My fave is hazelnut but vanilla is awfully good, too. They have this new one, cinnamon spice, that looks AMAZING. I don’t drink it often enough to go out and buy another bag of the cinnamon spice, though.
I lighten with skim milk/1% milk and don’t add any sweeteners for either kona or Dunkin Donuts.
Splenda tastes exactly like sugar IME when used in coffee. Also, this kind of goes against your sugar prohibition, but honey in coffee is amazing (I put 3/4 less sugar in it and replace the rest with honey to taste). You can buy it in little squeeze-bottles at the grocery store. Personally, though, I can’t stand coffee without cream and a lot of sweetener.