The Ultimate Guide to the Calories in Coffee

Coffee has barely any calories — but add-ins like milk and sweeteners can quickly change the nutrition facts of your favorite caffeinated (or decaf!) beverages.
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A morning cup of coffee is more than just emotionally pleasing — it's also a relatively healthy way to start the day, given that it's low in calories and comes with additional health perks.

Consider coffee's health benefits: The brew is linked to a lower risk of several diseases, from type 2 diabetes to depression, per the Cleveland Clinic.

But milk, cream and sugar can change the nutrition profile of your cup of coffee pretty quickly. Keep scrolling to learn about the number of calories, nutrition info and amount of caffeine in coffee and popular add-ins.

Calories in Coffee and Nutrition Information

From flat whites in Australia to espresso in Italy, there are about as many types of and ways to drink coffee as there are people who drink it around the world. But your average cup (6 ounces) of regular black coffee offers the following calories and nutrition info, according to the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 2
  • Total Fat:​ 0 g, 0% Daily Value (DV)
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 3.6 mg, 0% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 0 g
  • Protein:​ 0.2 g, 0% DV
  • Calcium:​ 3.6 mg, 0% DV
  • Potassium:​ 87.2 mg, 2% DV
  • Phosphorus:​ 5.3 mg, 0% DV

The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee varies. So does the size: A "cup" of coffee may be defined as anything from 6 to 8 ounces (the actual size of a cup measurement) — and, of course, sizing will vary from one café to another.

On average, an 8-ounce cup contains 95 milligrams of caffeine, per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But that's just an average: The same amount of coffee from Starbucks (brewed with Pike's Blend) clocks in at 155 milligrams of caffeine, per the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Warning

Many of us drink coffee specifically for its caffeine content, but caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects, such as anxiety, sleep disruption, restlessness and a fast heart rate, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine. On the flip side, if you’re in the habit of enjoying caffeinated coffee, quitting that daily habit — especially cold turkey — can lead to headaches, irritability and other withdrawal symptoms.

Coffee Blends

Specific brands and blends will have different values for calories and nutrition info. Scroll on for the calorie counts and nutrition facts for common coffee brands and varieties.

Arabic Coffee

If you order a cup of coffee, chances are it's made with Arabic beans — they're the most common and popular beans, per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In fact, Arabic or Arabica coffee, which is made with Arabica beans and originated in Ethiopia, makes up 75 to 80 percent of the coffee produced around the world, according to the Coffee Research Institute.

This bean is the likely starting point for the bag or tin of ground coffee that you pick up at the grocery store, as well as beverages that you order in coffee shops. And because Arabic coffee is the most common type of coffee in the word, the nutrition facts for your average cup mentioned above apply here: An 8-ounce pour of Arabic coffee contains 2 calories and around 95 milligrams of caffeine.

The other variety of coffee — Robusta — may be easier to grow and have higher levels of caffeine, but it's considered less delicious, per the Coffee Research Institute.

No matter which bean your coffee is made from, the beverage is rich in antioxidants (which help ward off the damage caused by free radicals), per the Mayo Clinic. The antioxidants may also have an anti-inflammatory effect, per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coffee also contains polyphenols (aka, micronutrients found in plants), including chlorogenic acid and quinic acid, per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. These phytonutrients have antioxidant effects on the body and may also promote the destruction of abnormal cells for potential cancer prevention. There is what the American Institute for Cancer Research deems "probable" evidence that drinking coffee cuts the risk of endometrial and liver cancers, and "limited suggestive" evidence that it reduces the risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx and skin cancers.

Plus, you'll also get nutrients, such as potassium, niacin and magnesium, when you drink coffee, per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee is made by adding sweetened condensed milk and ice to strong, dark-roast brewed coffee. The coffee on its own has virtually no calories — it's that thick, luscious condensed milk that's the source of the calories in this beverage.

The calories in Vietnamese iced coffee vary based on how much canned milk is added to the cup. Between 2 and 4 tablespoons is typical. If you added 2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) of condensed milk to your 6-ounce cup of coffee, the beverage would have the following calories and nutritional information, per the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 125
  • Total Fat:​ 3.3 g, 5% DV
    • Saturated Fat:​ 2.1 g, 10% DV
  • Cholesterol:​ 13 mg, 4% DV
  • Sodium:​ 52.1 mg, 2% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 20.8 g, 7% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 20.8 g
  • Protein:​ 3.2 g, 6% DV
  • Calcium:​ 112.1 mg, 8% DV
  • Potassium:​ 228.9 mg, 4.8% DV
  • Phosphorus:​ 101.9 mg, 8% DV
  • Vitamin C:​ 1 mg, 1% DV
  • Vitamin D:​ 0.1 μg, 0% DV
  • Iron:​ 0.1 mg, 0% DV

Coffee With Semi-Skimmed, Low-Fat or Nonfat Milk

Add a dash of milk to your cup of java and you'll change the drink's nutritional makeup.

Skim milk — or skimmed milk, as it's known in the United Kingdom — is whole milk with the fat removed. Semi-skimmed milk — which is common in the U.K. — has a fat content of 1.7 percent, according to the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland. Think of semi-skimmed milk as an in-between option, with half the fat content of whole milk.

Similar varieties of low-fat milk in the United States have either 1 or 2 percent fat content levels.

Here's a look at the nutritional breakdown of your cup of coffee if you add 1 fluid ounce (2 tablespoons) of 2 percent milk to your 6-ounce cup, according to the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 17
  • Total Fat:​ 0.6 g, 1% DV
    • Saturated Fat:​ 0.4 g, 2% DV
  • Cholesterol:​ 2.4 mg, 1% DV
  • Sodium:​ 15.9 mg, 1% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 1.5 g, 0% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 1.5 g
  • Protein:​ 1.2 g, 2% DV
  • Vitamin C:​ 0.1 mg, 0% DV
  • Vitamin D:​ 0.4 μg, 2% DV
  • Calcium:​ 40.2 mg, 3% DV
  • Potassium:​ 129.9 mg, 3% DV
  • Phosphorus:​ 33.4 mg, 3% DV

Using 2 percent milk will deliver about the same calories and nutrition as semi-skimmed milk. You'll take in fewer calories if you choose to use 1 percent milk. Here's the nutritional breakdown for adding 1 fluid ounce (2 tablespoons) of 1 percent milk to your 6-ounce cup, per the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 15
  • Total Fat:​ 0.3 g, 0% DV
    • Saturated Fat:​ 0.2 g, 1% DV
  • Cholesterol:​ 1.5 mg, 1% DV
  • Sodium:​ 17 mg, 1% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 1.5 g, 1% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 1.6 g
  • Protein:​ 1.2 g, 2% DV
  • Vitamin D:​ 0.4 μg, 2% DV
  • Calcium:​ 41.7 mg, 3% DV
  • Potassium:​ 133 mg, 3% DV
  • Phosphorus:​ 34.3 mg, 3% DV

Mocha Coffee

Add steamed milk and chocolate to your everyday cup of coffee, and you've got yourself a mocha. It's a delicious option, but a mocha can easily become packed with sugar and calories, particularly if it's topped with whipped cream.

Many versions of mocha coffee are available, including hot and iced commercially prepared varieties that have low-fat or nonfat milk ingredients and instant powders for use at home.

Mocha-flavored instant powders are convenient. To prepare, all you have to do is add hot water. An 8-ounce mocha has the following calories and nutritional information, per the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 14
  • Total Fat:​ 0.6g, 1% DV
    • Saturated fat:​ 0.2g, 1% DV
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 9 mg, 0% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 2 g, 1% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 1.3 g
  • Protein:​ 0.1 g, 0% DV
  • Calcium:​ 6.8 mg, 1% DV
  • Potassium:​ 27 mg, 1% DV
  • Phosphorus:​ 7.4 mg, 1% DV

A medium mocha latte from Dunkin' Donuts (with no sweetener and skim milk) has the following calories and nutrition:

  • Calories:​ 250
  • Total Fat:​ 4 g, 5% DV
    • Saturated fat:​ 0.5 g, 3% DV
    • Trans fat:​ 0 g
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 g, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 160 mg, 7% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 53 g, 19% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 4 g, 14% DV
    • Sugar:​ 33 g
    • Added sugar:​ 27 g, 54% DV
  • Protein:​ 3 g, 6% DV
  • Vitamin D:​ 4 mcg, 20% DV
  • Calcium:​ 391 mg, 30% DV
  • Iron:​ 1 mg, 6% DV
  • Potassium:​ 496 mg, 10% DV

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Coffee Brands

There are many coffee brands out there, from the ones sold solely in the grocery store to the bags and tins from familiar coffee shops, such as Dunkin' Donuts, Peets' Coffee and Starbucks. Take a look at the nutritional information for some likely familiar brands.

Maxwell House Coffee Nutrition

Maxwell House coffee comes in several varieties, including regular ground coffee, decaffeinated coffee, instant coffee, K-Cup pods, iced coffee and Cafe Style Flavors.

A 6-ounce cup of coffee made from Maxwell House Original Roast will have roughly the same calories and nutritional makeup as any cup of coffee (see above).

Maxwell House International Cafe coffee mixes come with creamer and sugar already added. Here is the nutritional makeup of a serving (1 1/3 tablespoons, or 17 grams) of Maxwell House International Cinnamon Dulce Cappuccino Cafe Beverage:

  • Calories:​ 70
    • Calories from fat:​ 15
  • Total Fat:​ 2 g, 3% DV
    • Saturated fat:​ 2 g, 10% DV
    • Trans fat:​ 0 g
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 65 mg, 3% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 14 g, 5% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 11 g
  • Protein:​ 0 g, 0% DV

The Maxwell House International Cafe coffees are available in both caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties.

Instant Coffee

You'll find many options when it comes to instant coffee. In addition to old-guard brands such as Folgers, Taster's Choice and Nescafé, newer brands, such as Starbucks Via, are gaining ground.

With minimal prep and equipment needs, instant coffee provides immediate, low-effort, caffeinated gratification.

Instant black coffee has so few nutrients that it doesn't require any nutrition information on its packaging. The nutritional content for black instant coffee is just about the same as a cup of black coffee brewed from ground whole beans.

Black Instant Coffee

Here are the calories and nutrition facts for a cup (6 ounces) of instant coffee prepared with hot water, per the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 4
  • Total Fat:​ 0 g, 0% DV
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 7.2 mg, 0% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 0 g
    • Added sugar:​ 0 g, 0% DV
  • Protein:​ 0 g, 0% DV
  • Iron:​ 0.1 mg, 0% DV
  • Calcium:​ 7.2 mg, 1% DV
  • Potassium:​ 53.7 mg, 1% DV
  • Phosphorus:​ 5.4 mg, 0% DV

Instant Coffee With Milk

Once you add milk to your coffee — whether it's instant or brewed — you've changed it from a beverage with virtually no calories or nutrients to one with a bit more nutritional substance.

If you have instant coffee with milk, here's how many calories you'll add:

  • Skim milk:​ 1 fluid oz. (2 tbsp.) of skim milk has 10 calories, per the USDA.
  • 1 percent milk:​ 1 fluid oz. (2 tbsp.) of 1 percent milk has 13 calories, per the USDA.
  • 2 percent milk:​ 1 fluid oz. (2 tbsp.) of 2 percent milk has 15 calories, per the USDA.
  • Whole milk:​ 1 fluid oz. (2 tbsp.) of whole milk has 19 calories, per the USDA.
  • Cream (half and half):​ 1 fluid oz. (2 tbsp.) of half and half has 40 calories, per the USDA.

There are plenty of milk alternatives available, too. See how many calories will be added to your beverage when you splash in 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of the following:

  • Soy milk:​ 9 calories, per the USDA.
  • Almond milk (unsweetened):​ 4 calories, per the USDA.
  • Oat milk (low-fat):​ 11 calories, per the USDA (varies by brand).

Nescafé Clasico Coffee

Nescafé coffee products can be found in most grocery stores and their products range from simple coffee beans to cappuccino mixes to frappuccinos and more.

It's the originator of instant coffee, launching in 1938, according to food manufacturer Nestle. Instant coffee has a long shelf-life, and is easy to serve.

Nescafé sells a variety of versions of instant coffee, including Nescafé Clasico, which is available in a jar or in individual pouches, in a variety of blends (French roast, Colombian, a house blend and so on), per the Nescafé website. It's available in caffeinated and decaffeinated forms.

A 6-ounce cup of Nescafé Clasico — regardless of whether it comes from an individual pouch or is scooped from a jar — will have the same nutritional makeup of any cup of black coffee, namely 2 calories and around 95 milligrams of caffeine. (Adding sweetener or milk will change the brew's nutrition facts.)

Nescafé Coffee and Cappuccino

As well as regular ol' instant coffee, Nescafé also makes many other instant coffee-related products including espresso, café au lait, latte macchiato, americano, coretto, ristretto, romano, con panna, granita de caffe, mocha and frappe.

A serving of Nescafé Gold Cappuccino Instant Coffee has 3 tablespoons of the coffee, which is then mixed with hot water. The calories and nutritional information of a cup of Nescafé cappuccino are:

  • Calories:​ 90
  • Total Fat:​ 1.5 g, 2% DV
    • Saturated fat:​ 1.5 g, 8% DV
    • Trans fat:​ 0 g
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 75 mg, 3% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 19 g, 6% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 1 g, 4% DV
    • Sugar:​ 13 g
  • Protein:​ 2 g, 4% DV
  • Potassium:​ 200 mg, 4% DV
  • Calcium:​ 75 mg, 6% DV

Each serving of Nescafé instant coffee contains between 50 and 90 milligrams of caffeine, per the Nescafé website.

Folgers Instant Coffee

Folgers Instant Coffee comes in regular or decaf versions and as crystals and sticks. When you brew up a cup of this instant coffee, you'll get the same calories and general nutrition makeup as a standard cup of black coffee (see details above).

Shifting to the instant Folgers Cappuccino will add calories. Folgers French Vanilla Flavored Cappuccino, for instance, has both milk and sweetener added. Here's the nutritional information and calories for a 3-tablespoon serving:

  • Calories:​ 130
  • Total Fat:​ 3.5 g, 5% DV
    • Saturated fat:​ 3.5 g, 18% DV
    • Trans fat:​ 0 g
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 150 mg, 6% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 24 g, 9% DV
    • Sugar:​ 20 g
    • Added sugar:​ 16 g, 32% DV
  • Protein:​ 1 g, 2% DV
  • Calcium:​ 32 mg, 2% DV
  • Potassium:​ 228 mg, 4% DV

Vending Machine French Vanilla Coffee

Vending machine coffee is available all over, including workplaces, convenience stores and gas stations. Along with black coffee, these vending machines dispense more indulgent fare, too, such as fragrant, sweet French vanilla cappuccino.

The calories and nutritional value of these vending machine blends vary, depending on which product the machine dispenses. In general, you'll find that sugar is the first ingredient on the list, and these mixes typically include corn syrup and coconut oil as well.

Here's a look at the nutritional information and calories in one single-serving, 15-ounce cup of one type of French vanilla cappuccino, according to the USDA:

  • Calories:​ 80
  • Total Fat:​ 4.5g, 7% DV
    • Saturated fat:​ 4g, 20% DV
    • Trans fat:​ 0 g
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 170 mg, 7% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates:​ 9 g, 3% DV
    • Dietary fiber:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Sugar:​ 5 g
    • Added sugar:​ 5 g, 10% DV
  • Protein:​ 1 g, 2% DV

Café Coffee

You'll find many decadent beverage options at coffee shops that involve espresso, blenders and all manner of tools and blends that are likely more complex than what you can manage at home.

Summary

While different brands and blends vary, single servings of most types of regular coffee (without any cream or sugar added) have approximately:

  • 2-4 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 0 g carbs
  • 0 g sugar
  • 0 g protein
  • 95 to 155 mg caffeine

Calories in Creamers and Nutrition Information

As you've gathered, adding milk or cream to your coffee makes a big difference to the beverage's nutritional value. This table shows the calories and nutrition facts for 1 fluid ounce (2 tablespoons) of a wide range of milk options, according to the USDA:

Calories

Fat

Cholesterol

Sodium

Carbs

Sugars

Protein

Half and Half Cream

40

3.5 g; 5% DV

10.6 mg, 4% DV

18.4 mg, 1% DV

1.3 g, 0% DV

1.2 g, 2% DV

0.9 g, 2% DV

Whole Milk

19

1 g, 2% DV

3.1 mg, 1% DV

13.1 mg, 1% DV

1.5 g, 0% DV

1.5 g, 3% DV

1 g, 2% DV

2 Percent Milk

15

0.6 g, 1% DV

2.4 mg, 1% DV

14.3 mg, 1% DV

1.5 g, 0% DV

1.5 g, 3% DV

1 g, 2% DV

1 Percent Milk

13

0.3 g, 0% DV

1.5 mg, 1% DV

13.4 mg, 1% DV

1.5 g, 1% DV

1.6 g, 3% DV

1 g, 2% DV

Skim Milk

10

0 g, 0% DV

0.6 mg, 0% DV

12.9 mg, 1% DV

1.5 g, 1% DV

1.6 g, 3% DV

1 g, 2% DV

Source: USDA

Coffee Mate Creamer

Along with regular milk, there are many tempting creamers available. These are often available in both powder or liquid form. Look for creamer in your local supermarket, and you'll find many options, from standard flavors associated with coffee (think: hazelnut, pumpkin spice, French vanilla and so on) to more whimsical options (birthday cake, Snickers and other dessert-like varieties).

Corn syrup or sugar is typically one of the top ingredients in these sweet coffee add-ins. Vegetable oil, flavorings and anti-caking agents are also typically on the ingredient list.

Take a look at the calories and nutrition facts for a 15 milliliter serving (that's roughly 1 tablespoon) of Coffee Mate Original Coffee Creamer:

  • Calories:​ 20
  • Total Fat:​ 1 g, 1% DV
    • Saturated Fat:​ 0 g, 0% DV
    • Trans Fat:​ 0 g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat:​ 0 g
    • Monounsaturated Fat:​ 1 g
  • Cholesterol:​ 0 mg, 0% DV
  • Sodium:​ 5 mg, 0% DV
  • Total Carbohydrate:​ 2 g, 1% DV
    • Total Sugars:​ 1 g
    • Added Sugars:​ 1 g, 2% DV
  • Protein:​ 0 g, 0% DV

Other Coffee Mate varieties have more calories, such as the Funfetti creamer and Pumpkin Spice, which each clock in at 35 calories per tablespoon. Coffee Mate also has several sugar-free varieties available. Coffee Mate is prepared by the manufacturer and requires no preparation beyond pouring it into the cup.

Summary

Adding milk or creamer to your cup of coffee significantly alters the calories and nutrition facts of your beverage. There’s a big difference between adding skim milk and a packaged, flavored creamer, too. A single serving (of about 1 to 2 tablespoons) of milk or creamer has approximately:

  • 10 to 40 calories
  • 0 to 3.5 g fat
  • 1.5 to 2 g carbs
  • 1.2 to 1.6 g sugar, including 0 to 5 g added sugars
  • 0 to 1 g protein
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