Everyone knows that coffee can provide a person with a hit of caffeine, but not everyone realizes that their favorite cup of coffee can also provide them with an unnecessary hit of calories if it isn’t prepared correctly. Although black calorie has almost no calories, all of the add-ons that often are put into a coffee can jack up the calorie count quickly. That’s why we’ve decided to answer a question we’re frequently asked: How many calories are in a cup of coffee?
Let’s Take A Look At Coffee Additives First
Okay, before we start discussing the caloric content of different coffee drinks, we thought that we’d talk about the calories of some of the things that you’re putting in your coffee first. Things that you often add to your coffee without even thinking about—such as sugar, heavy whipping cream, half-and-half, or fat-free milk. Let’s take a quick look at them before we start talking about how many calories are in various coffee drinks.
White sugar is the most frequently added ingredient to coffee and although it might seem that 1 or 2-teaspoons of it in your coffee isn’t much, it can add significantly to the calorie count of coffee. For every teaspoon, sugar supplies 16-calories—which can add up if you’re adding several teaspoons to each cup and are having several cups of coffee a day.
Heavy Whipping Cream
Although we can’t deny that adding heavy whipping cream to a cup of coffee can take it to the next level, it also adds a ton of calories. Every teaspoon of heavy whipping cream adds an additional 50-calories to a cup of coffee. And that’s probably more than what people would want to consume on a daily basis.
Half-and-half doesn’t have as many calories as heavy whipping cream, but it isn’t a low-calorie option either. Each tablespoon of half-and-half contains approximately 19-calories to a cup of coffee.
Fat-free milk is an option that has fewer calories than either heavy whipping cream or half-and-half. Each tablespoon supplies about 5-calories—which isn’t too bad when you think about it.
How Many Calories In Coffee?
Okay, now we’re going to discuss the central question of this article: how many calories are in a cup of coffee. While that question might initially seem like an easy question to answer, the fact of the matter is that it all depends on what type of coffee the person is drinking. After all, black coffee has a lot fewer calories than a cup of Caffe Au Lait, so let’s take a look at each coffee drink and see how many calories each one supplies. Each of the following types of coffee is based upon an 8-ounce size, so be sure to factor that in when you’re choosing your next coffee drink.
- Black Coffee: 2-Calories
- Espresso: 20-Calories
- Cafe Au Lait (Nonfat Milk): 45-Calories
- Nonfat Cappuccino: 46-calories
- Nonfat Macchiato: 52-Calories
- Cafe Au Lait (Whole Milk): 70-Calories
- Caffe Latte (Nonfat Milk): 82-Calories
- Caffe Latte (Whole Milk): 130-Calories
- Flavored Latte: 134-Calories
- Nonfat Mocha: 130-Calories
- Nonfat Frozen Coffee Drink: 150-Calories