Complete List of Natural Sweetener Brands

Looking for a new brand of sweetener because you like your coffee sweet but don’t want to use sugar? Here are all the natural sweetener options we could find!

Did we miss any natural sweetener brand that you like? Leave a comment and tell us so we can add it.

Which of these is your favorite? Which of these didn’t you like, and why?

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Coffee vs. Green Tea, Compared in Detail

green tea and coffee

by Matt Gibson

Coffee and tea are the two most popular hot beverages in the world, but most people prefer one to the other. Sure, there are people who enjoy both, but even those folks tend to have a favorite. It’s like the Beatles and Elvis, you can appreciate both artists for different reasons, but most people have a clear and distinct preference of one over the other.

Coffee and tea cause the same kind of division, and it is a rarity for someone to consume equal amounts of each beverage. It seems that there are two types of people in this world, coffee people, and tea people. Sure, there are some that don’t like either beverage, but there’s no pleasing those types of people, so let’s pretend they don’t exist. 

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Instant Coffee vs. Ground Coffee – What’s the Difference?

spoonful of instant coffee powder

by Matt Gibson & Erin Marissa Russell

What’s the main difference between instant coffee and ground coffee? Ground coffee is literally ground up coffee beans. You need to pour hot water over them and then run the mixture through a filter, which creates coffee. Instant coffee, however, is a type of dissolvable coffee made from brewed coffee beans.

With instant coffee, manufacturers brew the coffee in advance, and either freeze dry it or spray it in a fine mist through very hot, very dry air to turn brewed coffee into a powder. This powder then dissolves if you add it to hot water later to make a cup of coffee. It doesn’t need to be filtered again, because you’re just adding the water back to coffee that was already brewed.

You’ve probably had a cup of instant coffee at some point in your life and have completely erased the treacherous experience from your memory due to the bitterness, the flatness, the staleness, or some other flaw that could not be overlooked which haunted your first experience with instant coffee.

For many coffee drinkers, the first experience with instant coffee is the only experience they have, as regrettable experiences are not often revisited for reevaluation. However, a lot of new advancements have been made in the world of instant coffee and considerable efforts have been made towards creating an instant coffee that does not cause people to black it out of their memory. 

Instant coffee, in a pinch, can provide users with a coffee-like experience and a boost of caffeine-fueled energy to help them take on their day when regular coffee is not available. Instant coffee is, in a way, ground coffee, after it has undergone chemical changes and reconstitution. Instant coffee is made from ground coffee that is brewed and extracted into liquid form, then dehydrated and changed into a solid form in order to prolong its shelf life, ruin its flavor and body, and flatten out its complexity. 

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Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew, an Explanation

ice coffee at a cafe

by Matt Gibson

When the temperatures soar in summer, many coffee drinkers look to iced coffee drinks instead of their favorite hot coffee beverages. But should you stock up on iced coffee or cold brew this summer? What’s the difference between the two? Which one is right for you? The answers to all these questions and more will be answered right here in this article. 

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Americano vs. Coffee, Explained

An americano is espresso with extra hot water

by Matt Gibson

Though indistinguishable to the naked eye, an Americano and a cup of coffee are two wholly different things, down to the ingredients that they are made of. Americanos are made from a double shot of espresso and hot water, while coffee is brewed using an extraction process involving coffee grounds and hot water.

If you have ever tasted a shot of espresso, as well as a cup of coffee, you are very aware of the difference between the two drinks in terms of strength and flavor. The difference between the flavor of the Americano and regular coffee is the same way, but the difference in strength is more equally matched.  

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How do you make pour over coffee?

chemex is a type of pour over coffee device

by Matt Gibson

Pour over coffee is a way to make a light, bright, and nuanced cup of coffee in a simple way that involves no electricity and a hands-on brewing style that is easy to learn and master. The pour over technique is not as easy as making coffee with an electric drip machine. Electric drip coffee makers just require that you add in some grounds, pour some water into the reservoir tank and press a button, and the machine handles all the rest.

When making pour over coffee, you are in charge of every aspect of the coffee making process. This includes the amount of grounds and water you use, the temperature and quality of the water you choose, the size of the grounds, the speed of your pour, and more. But don’t worry, we’ll break everything down for you so that you will be making high quality pour over coffee in no time. 

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What Kind of Filter for Pour Over Coffee?

box of chemex pour over filters

by Matt Gibson

Coffee filters not only help strain the coffee from your ground coffee beans, they also keep some harmful compounds out of your brew, such as cafestol, which raises LDL (bad) cholesterol levels which can increase your risk of heart disease. But what kind of filter should you use? There are so many different coffee filter options available to consumers that many people don’t know where to start.

There are different kinds of filters that are suitable to certain brewing techniques, or coffee making machines. There are different shaped filters and filters made from different kinds of materials. There are disposable filters that are to be tossed out after a single use, and reusable filters that can brew up to 2000 cups of coffee before needing to be replaced. 

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Why is French Press coffee bad for you?

french press coffee

by Matt Gibson

In 2016, a Harvard Health blog article was released that discussed some reasons why French press coffee could potentially be bad for your health, specifically, that drinking too much of it could increase your LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Because of the big name on the source of the article, there have been countless articles from smaller publications that have come out since, which echo the same basic information that was stated in the original post.

Basically, the claim is that unfiltered coffee contains lots of compounds that filtered coffee removes, and some of those compounds can be bad for your health, namely cafestol and kahweol, which can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 

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Is Chemex Coffee Drip Coffee?

a chemex coffee maker

QUESTION: Is Chemex coffee drip coffee? Or is it a brand of coffee or what? What does it even mean when people talk about Chemex coffee? – Wendell V

ANSWER: Although both Chemex coffee and drip coffee seem to have the same type of movement through the systems in which they are brewed, drip coffee and Chemex coffee are not quite the same. Drip coffee is a term to describe coffee made in automatic coffee makers, and the Chemex is a pour over brewer, which is a different type of system. Coffee made in pour over brewers is a little different than drip coffee made in automatic coffee machines. Keep reading to learn about the differences between these two types of coffee.

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Arabica vs. Colombian Coffee, What They Really Mean

bag of columbian coffee arabica beans

by Erin Marissa Russell and Matt Gibson

You’ve probably seen lots of Colombian coffee described as Arabica coffee beans, and you may be left wondering what the difference is between Arabica coffee beans and Colombian coffee. Because almost all of the coffee beans you’ll encounter that were produced in Colombia will be Arabica coffee beans, this can be a confusing topic.

The easiest way of explaining is that the word “Arabica” refers to the type of coffee beans, or the variety of coffee plant that the beans came from, while “Colombian” refers instead to the country where the coffee beans were grown. But we’re here to explain exactly what Colombian coffee and Arabica coffee are, how they are related, and the differences between the two.

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