When I was a child, my parents were big coffee drinkers. They both drank it the same way - straight up. Plain, black, unaltered. My mother is vehement in her dislike of coffee with "stuff" added - it's not true coffee. One taste, when I was small, and I decided I wasn't EVER going to drink such a disgusting beverage.
When I was a teen, my father bought an espresso machine. It was a new appliance, and we were the first ones on our block to have one. My parents had friends on either side of us, and they frequently came over for dinner, or drinks, or just friendship. My dad made the first shots of espresso for everyone, and they raved about the flavor, the taste, the body of the beverage. I took a small sip and gagged. My dad laughed and told me to add some milk and sugar. One shot of espresso, about ten spoons of sugar, and a cup of cream, and YUM! It was delicious.
Now, I drink coffee every single day. It has to be sweet and light. I can't stand black coffee. Daily, I have a white mocha from Starbucks - two shots of espresso, steamed milk and white chocolate syrup. If I'm out to dinner somewhere, I'll have plain coffee, with lots of sugar and cream.
What about you? Black, lightly doctored, or so doctored it's a different beverage?