How Many Calories in Coffee?

1 oz of Espresso Coffee has 1 Calorie

And from then on it gets worse…

Keep it simple. This is one calorie.

Here are some common coffee drinks, and it doesn’t take a genius to see that if you are looking after your weight – you’ll stick to black coffee or straight espresso.

BeverageVolume (oz)Calories
Instant coffee1 tsp4
Instant coffee84
Espresso Coffee11
Brewed Coffee82
McDonald’s Cappuccino16130
McDonald’s Latte16180
McDonald’s Mocha16330
McDonald’s Brewed Coffee (Large)160
Dunkin Donuts Latte10120
Dunkin Donuts Cappuccino1080
Dunkin Donuts Mocha Swirl Latte10230
Dunkin Donuts Brewed Coffee1015
Starbucks Brewed Coffee165
Starbucks Caffè Americano1615
Starbucks Caffè Latte16220
Starbucks Caffè Mocha (no whip)16290
Starbucks Caffè Mocha (whip)16360
Starbucks Cappucino16140
Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (whip)16560
Starbucks Caffe Vanilla Frappucino Blended Coffee (whip)16430
Starbucks Hot Chocolate (no whip)16330

 
This is the Starbuck’s effect in action. Starbucks turned a low (or no) calorie beverage into a sugar-fat laden monstrosity.

Sick Yet? Check out our guide on quitting coffee here.

I however love coffee, but I only drink straight espresso.

Maybe I’m addicted. I tell myself there are worse things to be addicted to, and that makes me feel better.

Most people slam coffee as being bad for you, but plain black coffee has a lot of researched health benefits.

espresso

This cup of espresso has just 1 calorie.

It’s the Milk and Sugar!

Coffee drinks are high in calories due to what we add to the coffee.

Caffeine is a bitter chemical so we tend to sweeten it up – with milk, sugar, or syrups.

The larger the drink volume – the more milk you will be getting. With espresso-based drinks (latte, cappuccino) – the amount of water in the drink is minimal (typically 45ml / 1.5 fl. oz per espresso shot).

You do the math:

A 16 ounces Grande Latte from Starbucks will have two espresso shots (~ 3 oz) — that leaves around 13 ounces of 2% milk (depending on how much foam tops the drink) – so there’s 198 Calories already.

Add in cream, a pump of flavored syrup, and some sugar – and you are in for a very calorie-dense drink – more like sweetened milk than coffee.

I think I’m beginning to sound like a coffee snob.

Calories in Coffee Extras

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Extras
Calories (per Tablespoon)
Cream
52
Half-and-half
20
Whole milk
9
Fat-free milk
5
Almond Milk
8
Sugar
48
McDonald’s Coffee Cream (liquid)
20
Plain nondairy creamer (powder)
33
Plain, light nondairy creamer (powder)
25
Flavored nondairy creamer (powder)
45
Flavored, reduced-fat nondairy creamer (powder)
40
Plain nondairy creamer (liquid)
20
Plain, light nondairy creamer (liquid)
10
Flavored nondairy creamer (liquid)
35
Flavored, reduced-fat nondairy creamer (liquid)
20

Coffee is almost Zero Calorie

According to the USDA nutrient database – an 8 ounce cup of coffee (brewed from grounds) has just 2 (yes two) Calories. The calories come from a tiny amount of protein and some mono-unsaturated oils.

A coffee bean has oils in it (which is why a barista often needs to clean their espresso machine to prevent an oily build up).

Sometimes a really bad coffee can be due to the oils in it becoming rancid (this often occurs from dark roasts, which cause a subsequent release of oils – if the beans are stored for a long time the oils may go slightly rancid).

So: coffee beans + water = virtually calorie-free.

The Best Coffee Drink For You Is…

If you are looking at reducing the amount of calories in your diet and coffee is your thing: It’s time to work on that sweet tooth.

The best option is to drink an Americano (espresso + water).

Believe it or not, espresso drinks have less caffeine than brewed drinks (where the water is in contact with the coffee grounds for a longer time).

Minimize the amount of extras you put into your coffee – and you may well remove a significant amount of Calories from your diet.

To save even more calories see our 10 Easy Kitchen Hacks for Healthy Cooking.

Nutrition sources: starbucks. mcdonald’s, dunkin donuts.

Photo Credit: JonathanCohen.

  • LuckyK7777 .

    I need my coffee to feel creamy and taste very sweet, which takes 6- 8 teaspoons of creamer powder at 10 calories each. Then I sweeten with 8 packets of aspartame or stevia.

    • http://www.energyfiend.com/ Ted

      Whoa, that is some sweet/rich coffee! What are your health goals? It may be wise to gradually cut back to a less sweet/ rich cup. Also your overall “sweet tooth” may need to be adjusted.

    • Lynn Gayle Switzer Maxwell

      I sympathize w/your taste buds if not your product choices in powder creamer;
      milk or half & half taste creamy, 2% causing a sweeter taste w/less sugars. (I used to use nonfat dry milk for practicality.) Clinical trials w/3 groups tested before and after a period evidenced the heaviest coffee drinkers w/the best tests, the no coffee drinking group w/the worst tests. I tried soy milk for a creamer & couldn’t switch yet at the time. Shaking milk & half & half in a container makes a fun & yummy foam atop coffee, seems to make a need for less sweetener.

  • Brandon Ashley Gladeau

    I rarely drink coffee I mostly drink Teas with nothing in them but when I do have coffee I barely use any cream I use like one drop and for sugar I use one raw sugar pack if I feel that I need a buzz plain. but how many calorie will it be with one organic raw sugar pack since raw sugar is all natural than white chemical sugar

    • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

      Hey Brandon, raw sugar has some trace elements and minerals in it (as opposed to white sugar), so it is a better choice than white sugar.

      However, it is still sugar and has the same amount of Calories.

  • peter

    if you’re familiar with kilojoules you can use a tools to convert them. google will answer you or quick visit http://www.kilojoulestocalories.com/

  • Mark

    It’s fairly obvious when you add those syrupy flavorings that you’re adding extra calories, but here’s my question/concern: I tend to drink flavored coffees, as in flavored grounds/beans. These bags/canisters generally don’t list nutritional information, and they list the ingredients as coffee and artificial flavors. How do these flavored coffee grounds or beans compare calorie wise?

    • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

      That’s a tricky one. I’ve had both chocolate and caramel flavored coffee (from a nespresso capsule) – when I researched the ingredients, all they could say was “infused with the flavor”. I suspect this means there is some kind of sweetener in there, but it would be FAR less the sugary powders and syrups that you can buy.

      Basically coffee is not sweet. It is a very bitter substance so if you are having some kind of flavoring there will be a sweetener of some sort added (whether artificial or not, you can only research the ingredients list).

  • Mike

    I’m trying to watch my calorie intake and this topic has me a little confused. I enjoy black coffee without adding anything which according to your charts above should have about 4 calories per 8 oz. But today when I scanned my Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffee grounds in a my calorie counter app, the Starbucks had 25 calories a cup and the DD had 70! Both were medium house blend ground coffee.

    So this confuses me as I thought regular black coffee had almost zero calories? Which coffee grounds have the low calorie content I’m after?

    Thanks

    • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

      Your calorie counter app is incorrect.

      Even a perusal of the official Starbucks nutrition shows a maximum of 5 calories in a Venti brewed coffee. http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/brewed-coffee/bold-pick-of-the-day

      Given that a cup of coffee could have 7-20 grams of coffee bean in it, I suspect your calorie app is adding up grams of actual ground coffee beans.

      • Mike

        Great news! But can you expand a bit more on the “7-20 grams of coffee beans in a cup?” Does this mean that the amount of calories in a cup of brewed coffee is dependent on how many grams of ground coffee beans used to brew it?

        • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

          Precisely. Although the differences are negligible. Even if you are preparing some really strong coffee, you are still only going to get very few calories – definitely not the 25 or 70 (!) that your app is showing.

          • Johnny coffe

            Not to mention the extra calories you burn by being jacked up on caffeine. Really we are talking negligible calories compared to the average caloric intake per day

  • megan

    Is dark roast coffee -1 calorie per 1 tbps? I use my fitness pal app and was recording my coffee intake and to my surprise the dark roasted coffee grounds I chose this week log in as -1 cal per 1 tbps….? Is that correct!?

    • JamesF

      You mean negative 1 ? I bet you wish that were true! It’s anything from 1 to 4 calories (depending on which source you look at.

      • megan

        Yes. I mean negative one hence the (-) lol. Why would it log as negative 1 calorie? Weird. But how do you know all your information is correct also?

        • JamesF

          I suspect it’s a rounding issue or bug of some sort. The data on great apps like Myfitnesspal come from massive databases.

          The info we have on this page was curated by hand – mostly from the USDA calorie database here: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/