Does Coffee Have Calories?

Coffee is a versatile drink that, in its most basic form, contains very few calories. However, the calories can begin to add up when you start adding flavorings of any sort. Stop at the local coffee house for one of their specials and the coffee drinks can begin to rival some desserts in the number of calories. How many calories are there exactly in different kinds of coffee? How can you flavor coffee without adding up the calories?

Does Coffee Have Calories?

With all of the publicity about whether or not coffee is good or bad for you, one of the topics that is usually not discussed is the number of calories in coffee.The Food and Drug Administration reports that 8 ounces of unflavored coffee without any additives contains less than 2 calories (0.45 from fats and 1.12 from proteins). Not bad, right? But by adding a tablespoon of sugar, you will add almost 50 calories. Even a table spoon of fat-free milk will add 5 calories. Heavy whipping cream adds 52 calories!

How Many Calories in Different Kinds of Coffee?


Calorie Count per 8 Ounce Cup

Instant coffee

4 calories

Brewed Coffee

2 calories

McDonald’s Cappuccino

65 calories

McDonald’s Latte

90 calories

McDonald’s Mocha

165 calories

McDonald’s Brewed Coffee

1 calories

Dunkin Donuts Latte

96 calories

Dunkin Donuts Cappuccino

64 calories

Dunkin Donuts Mocha Swirl Latte

184 calories

Dunkin Donuts Brewed Coffee

12 calories

Starbucks Brewed Coffee

2.5 calories

Starbucks Caffè Americano

7.5 calories

Starbucks Caffè Latte

110 calories

Starbucks Caffè Mocha (no whip)

145 calories

Starbucks Cappucino

70 calories

Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (whip)

280 calories

Starbucks Caffè Vanilla Frappucino Blended Coffee (whip)

215 calories

Starbucks Hot Chocolate (no whip)

165 calories

How to Flavor Coffee Without Adding Calories: Making Coffee

Assuming you do not want to give up the flavors that you add to your coffee, there are some calorie-free ways to add flavor.

  • Buy unsweetened coffee flavoring and pour into your brewed coffee.
  • Add herbal teas to your coffee grounds before you brew. The flavor of the tea will be added to the brewed coffee.
  • Add a teaspoon of spice such as cinnamon to the coffee grounds before brewing.
  • Use any of the flavored extracts such as vanilla or almond extract.

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