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The Number of Calories In A Cup of Coffee & Nutrition Facts

By Rob Poulos...

When we’re trying to make healthy adjustments to our diet for fat loss, one of the first things we look to eliminate is unnecessary liquid calories. One of the first drinks on the chopping block is usually that morning cup of coffee, but are the calories in a cup of coffee really going to damage weight loss efforts?

To answer this question we need to know the number of calories found in a mug of coffee and why so many people think coffee is to blame for stalled weight loss. Keep reading to find out.

Calories In Coffee

The good news for those of you who simply can’t live without a few cups of coffee each day is that a regular brewed cup of coffee has zero calories. If you enjoy a plain cup of black coffee, then you can rest easily that your weight loss efforts are on track. Whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, plain brewed black coffee has no calories.

When you get into different types of coffee however, the calories in one cup begin to climb. The calories in your daily cup of coffee will be much higher if you enjoy cappuccinos or iced coffee drinks.

Take a look at the chart below to find out the number of calories in your favorite cup of coffee.

Type of Coffee Serving Size Calories per Serving
Brewed Coffee 8 fl. oz. 0
Percolated Coffee 8 fl. oz. 2
Instant Coffee 8 fl. oz. 4
Decaf coffee 8 fl. oz. 0
Cappuccino 8 fl. oz. 73
Espresso 1 fl. oz. 1
Caffe Latte 8 fl. oz. 136
Iced Mocha 8 fl. oz. 103
Iced Coffee 8 fl. oz. 132

So you see, depending on how you get your daily caffeine fix will determine the number of calories in your cup each morning. If you want to decrease your calorie count for the day, consider switching to a lower calorie coffee drink.

Coffee Add-Ins

Another factor to consider when calculating the calories found in coffee is what you put in your coffee. If you like plain coffee with or without caffeine black, then you’ve got a great zero calorie drink that gives you a boost of energy.

If however you don’t really enjoy the taste of coffee and require milk, cream, half & half and sugar in your coffee, then the calories in one cup of coffee are going to increase. This doesn’t mean that you need to trash all your flavored creamers and sugar, but knowing how many calories these items add to your coffee is important for successful weight loss.

When it comes to these coffee condiments serving size is very important. When it comes to milk or cream many of us simply pour until our coffee has the desired color or texture we want, without regard to serving size or calories per serving.

Keep track of the calories you put in a cup of coffee by knowing the amount of calories per serving of these popular coffee add-ins.

Coffee Add-in Serving Size Calories per Serving
Whole milk 1 tbsp. 9
Low-fat milk 1 tbsp. 8
Skim/fat free milk 1 tbsp. 6
Cream 1 tbsp. 52
Half & Half 1 tbsp. 20
Non-dairy creamer (powder) 1 tbsp. 30
Non-dairy creamer (liquid) 1 tbsp. 20
Sugar 1 tsp. 20

 

Keep in mind that when you add flavored non-dairy creamers to your coffee it isn’t just the calorie count that increases; its also the sugar and fat content that go up as well. If your goal is weight loss these factors are just as important as the calorie count.

Serving Size

When it comes to the number of calories found in a cup of coffee you also have to be aware of what size coffee you’re drinking. If you make coffee at home, then be aware of the size of your coffee cup. Many modern coffee cups can range anywhere from 6 fluid ounces up to as much as 14 fluid ounces, which can really increase your calorie count.

The problem gets worse if you purchase your coffee each day. Consider that although 8 fluid ounces is the traditional serving size for coffee, many fast food restaurants consider this a small coffee and our instinct is to get enough coffee to last at least until mid-morning or lunch.

Starbucks for example considers 8 fluid ounces a ‘short’ coffee while a ‘tall’ is 12 fluid ounces and a grandé is 16 ounces. Order a venti and we’re talking 20 fluid ounces of coffee, which will increase the calorie count significantly. You’ll have more coffee and you’ll inevitably add more cream and/or sugar, which will just add even more calories to your cup.

To keep the calories in a cup of coffee to a minimum;

  • Limit the number of cups of coffee you have each day.
  • Use low-calorie add-ins.
  • Find sugar substitutes with fewer calories.
  • Request a light or medium roast coffee.

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