I know Coffee isnt necessarily Paleo, but I do know that a lot of Paleos still include it in their daily routine, I know I do because it's delicious and being a college student, coffee comes in handy a few days a week, so I was wondering...
Does a high-quality, flavor roasted black cup of coffee taste sweet to you since you've converted to Paleo?
I used to eat dark chocolate (88%) and eventually transitioned into 100% dark...and now I've cut it out completely. It's been about a week since I cut that out totally (I posted a question about sweets yesterday). What I've noticed since I dropped the 100% is that when I drink a high quality cup (not that Red Diamond/Starbucks/any other chain stuff, because that always tastes awful) of flavored coffee it tastes sweet. We have a local coffee shop that imports GREAT coffee beans then flavor roasts them to perfection...its amazing. I never used to be able to taste the flavor of the roast until I added sugar (in my SAD days)...now I ususally drink it black (or with 1 oz of cream if Im feeling gluttonous) and the flavor seems so wonderfully sweet. Has anyone else noticed this?
I'm not sure I would say it's sweet, but I think that once you cut out sugar your taste buds start noticing even the tiniest nuance of sweet in food. (Same thing with salt, actually... Once unconditioned to large quantities, everything tastes salty with even a teeny pinch.)
I just love the natural bitterness of coffee, and prefer that to sweet any day now that I'm off sugary stuff.
It doesn't seem a stretch to propose that withholding strongly sweet flavors sensitizes one to sweet undertone flavors in foods typically considered non-sweet. Certain coffees have what I would describe as sweet flavors in them, assuming you don't bombard them with cream or sugar. (A tablespoon of cream or teaspoon of sugar in your coffee isn't going to kill you, isn't going to derail you either.)
Working a veinte of Barney's-Santa's White Christmas. Did not like it so much before but love it now with the cream. Flavored with coconut, nuts, caramel and vanilla. It does taste a little sweet. Probably has some sugar. I was always a drinker of black, unflavored coffee before I started using the cream.
I'm drinking the Folger's Columbian :O so sweet isn't the word I'd use, but yes I have noticed that my coffee tastes completely different now. As raydawg mentioned, many foods taste sweet now including meat--I mentioned on a different thread how shocked I was by the flavor of cured ham I bought for the holidays (think dessert-level sweet.)
Don't find black coffee sweet, but I've become hyper-sensitive to sugar and find anything with more than a trace amount unpalatable. These days I prefer 99% unsweetened baking chocolate, and find anything store-bought at less than 90% to be kind of gross.