How many calories does 1 cup of coffee contain?

In this short text, we will provide the answer to the question: “How many calories does 1 cup of coffee contain?”. In addition, we will discuss the caloric value of different types of coffee found on the market and will answer the question: “What is a calorie?”

How many calories does 1 cup of coffee contain?

A 250 ml cup of black coffee without cream and sugar contains only 2.4 calories and a tablespoon of sugar contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates and 60 calories. 

In other words, in a cup of coffee containing 2 tablespoons of sugar we have approximately 122.4 calories, which represents approximately 6.12% of the recommended daily amount of caloric intake.

A tablespoon of cream has 20 calories and a tablespoon of heavy cream has 51 calories. That is, if we consume a cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cream, we increase the caloric value of the cup of coffee from 2.4 calories to approximately 142.2 calories. 

That count gets bigger when we add heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the cup of black coffee, going from 2.4 calories to 173.2 calories, which is 8.66% of the recommended daily amount of caloric intake in a single cup of coffee with sugar and heavy cream.

What is a calorie?

Calorie is a popular term to refer to the energy value of a food. The unit of energy is the kilojoule (kJ), although the unit of kilocalorie (kcal) is better known to consumers. 1 kcal is equivalent to approximately 4.2 kJ.

Have you already noticed that the packaging of food and beverages brings, in addition to the manufacturing date, expiration date and manufacturing batch, it has a table with percentages of nutrients, caloric value and nutritional value. 

The main objective is to give the consumer the power of choice, based on the comparison of information on the composition and caloric value of foods.

Therefore, we have the following parameters for food macronutrients:

  • 1 g of carbohydrate provides 4 kcal (17 kJ)
  • 1 g of protein also provides 4 kcal (17 kJ)
  • 1 g of fat provides 9 kcal (37 kJ)
  • 1 g of alcohol, 7 kcal (29 kJ)
  • From the fermentation of 1 g of dietary fiber, 2 kcal (8.4 kJ) are obtained

By the amount of these nutrients in the food, you know how many calories it contains.

What is the amount of calories found in coffee drinks from  coffee shops?

Below is a table with the main coffee drinks found in coffee shops and their respective caloric amounts:

DrinkCalories (per 473ml)
Latte, whole milk260
Coffee with milk, whole milk140
Mocha, whole milk, whip400
Cappuccino, whole milk150
Caramel Frappuccino Coffee only260
Caramel Frappuccino Coffee, whip430

Therefore, we must be careful when regularly consuming these drinks in cafeterias, as these drinks have high caloric value and if consumed in excess can cause health problems such as obesity, excess blood fat, diabetes, among other diseases

If you are trying to lose weight and are in the habit of drinking coffee in coffee shops, always check the nutritional chart before ordering. Some coffee drinks can be hundreds of calories. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to check the nutrition table for each drink, order black coffee as you now know it contains less than 5 calories per cup.

Most coffee shops offer the option to add skim milk to the drink. If you are trying to lose weight, the best option is to opt for non-fat drinks, as they have a higher caloric value. 

Let’s not kid ourselves that by consuming these drinks with skimmed milk every day we are drinking healthy products, they are also rich in sugar and we should consume them moderately.

If you have caffeine intolerance or are giving these drinks to children or teenagers, we must be careful with the amount of caffeine ingested, as these drinks contain coffee (and sometimes chocolate) and these foods are sources of caffeine.

The bottom line

In this text we show the amount of calories in a cup of coffee, as well as in coffee drinks containing sugar, milk and cream.

That said, in 1 cup of black coffee and no sugar or cream we found 2.4 calories, making it an excellent drink for those low-calorie drinkers.

In addition, we must be careful when consuming coffee-based drinks in cafeterias, especially if we are on weight loss diets, since these drinks can have a high caloric content and increase the amount of calories ingested in the day.

Conclusion

In this short text, we provided the answer to the question: “How many calories does 1 cup of coffee contain?”. In addition, we discussed the caloric value of different types of coffee found on the market and answered the question: “What is a calorie?”

Citations

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/cream-(half-and-half)?portionid=29278&portionamount=1.000
https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/cream-heavy-fluid?portionid=469138&portionamount=1.000
https://www.nutritionix.com/food/coffee/1-cup

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.