Meal Planning

How Many Calories in Coffee?

By Ted KallmyerUpdated May 24, 2023

The calories in coffee-based drinks vary enormously. The more milk and sweetener you add, the worse it gets.

One fluid ounce of espresso coffee has just one calorie.

And from then on, it gets worse…

Here are some common coffee drinks, and if you are looking after your weight – you’ll stick to black coffee or straight espresso.

BeverageVolume (fl 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
McDonald’s Caramel Frappe21670
Dunkin Donuts Latte10120
Dunkin Donuts Cappuccino1080
Dunkin Donuts Mocha Swirl Latte10230
Dunkin Donuts Brewed Coffee1015
Dunkin Caramel Swirl Frozen Coffee321170
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 Frappuccino Blended Coffee (whip)16430
Starbucks Hot Chocolate (no whip)16330
Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino24600

Coffee is not an unhealthy drink; with just coffee beans and water – there are many researched health benefits.

Watch out for 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 with milk, sugar, or syrups.

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

How a Grande Latte from Starbucks gets so fattening

A 16 fl oz Grande Latte from Starbucks has two espresso shots (~ 3 fl oz). Added to that is 13 fl oz of 2% milk (depending on how much foam tops the drink) – so there are 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.

Starbucks coffee calories

  1. Java Chip Frappuccino: 470 calories
  2. Toffee Nut Latte: 301 calories
  3. Iced Caramel Macchiato: 250 calories
  4. Dirty Chai Tea Latte: 240 calories
  5. Matcha Green Tea Latte: 240 calories
  6. Pink Drink: 140 calories
  7. Blonde Cappuccino: 120 calories
  8. Caffe Misto: 110 calories
  9. Iced Coconutmilk Latte: 90 calories
  10. Americano — Black: 15 calories​

Calories in coffee additives and extras

Flavored non-dairy creamer (liquid)Calories (per Tablespoon)
Whole milk9
Fat-free milk5
Almond Milk8
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 non-dairy creamer (powder)35
Flavored, reduced-fat nondairy creamer (liquid)20

Coffee is almost zero calories

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

A coffee bean has oils (which is why a barista cleans 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.

Which is the best coffee drink with the lowest calories?

If you are considering reducing the number 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 longer).

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

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