What is guilt-free coffee?
Some could say Fair-Trade, others would say substituting sugar-free syrups in place of the heavy calorie sauces.
My coffee is pretty low in calories even when I have a “cheat coffee” which is an oatmilk cappuccino these days. My morning coffee is anywhere from 45-65 calories depending on how creamy I want it. My cappuccinos are only 65-95 calories depending on the size I get which means I add two sugar in the raw packets or one. So again this is not really anything I feel super guilty about.
What I mean when I say, “guilt-free coffee” is that my coffee is sourced from a fair wage plantation that takes care of the workers and the profits go right back to the producers. My conscience is guilt-free and I know that I am helping the farmers and workers.
There is another element that guilt-free means and that has to do with my creamer. Most people are surprised that I used powdered creamer. Before I go into the details of that let me explain why I use powdered creamer.
I’m lactose intolerant and cannot use, drink, consume, or go anywhere near dairy cow’s milk. My mom informed me that I was covered in a rash from head to toe and had to have goat milk delivered to the house so I could get my calcium and nutrients. My rash was so bad that I would be walking around in a diaper or just completely naked. I am glad she never took pictures of these memories and only shared them with via story-telling.
So growing up it was always hit and miss with dairy. Sometimes I was fine, sometimes not so much. I think I have had upset tummies all over the world and have learned that I should not go anywhere near half-and-half in Southeast Asia because it’s really just milk 0_o.
Over the years I have had enough burbling and gurgling in my insides to stop the madness and take care of things my way. The dairy-free way. And that means powdered, non-dairy creamer. I have never had any issues with this product. I can pack it with me and take it around the world. And I have.
I like my coffee sweet and creamy (see How You Take Your Coffee blog). I have consumed black coffee with sugar in Ireland, Thailand, Fiji and other places where I feel the creamer could be suspect. It’s not my preferred taste or color, but it’s just not worth the trouble if I take the risk.
This leads to the last element of guilt-free coffee: Coffee-Mate, non dairy, powdered creamer. I know this is what seems to shock everyone. The good news is Nestle is now committed to safe palm oil production and this makes the last element of my guilt-free coffee even better.
Not only is my coffee guilt-free, my sugar is guilt-free, and my creamer is also guilt-free.
This makes the perfect cup of coffee for me.
Happiness in a mug.
2 thoughts on “Guilt-Free Coffee”
Awww, you were so cute as a baby and your mom so lovely! I can relate to being an itchy baby . . . I had eczema as an infant (inherited from my Oba-san) and had to be smeared in creams. And yes, thank goodness for parents not documenting this portion of our lives.
I love this post because it gives me a lot of things to think about. I’ve always thought about fair wage/trade coffee, but never knew that powdered non-dairy creamer had palm oil (it’s in so much stuff!). It’s hard to ensure that the things we consume on a daily basis are guilt-free but the extra work is totally worth it. It makes that great cup of coffee that much more fantastic.
Yup, it’s not easy drinking coffee with your heart and soul in every cup. I’m just glad that we have good humans out there fighting the good fight and keeping us consumers in check. Coffee does taste better when it’s not filled with evil and guilt.