A good cup of coffee can give you the extra bit of energy you need in the morning. If you prefer to grab your joe on the go but would rather skip the coffee shop lines, canned and bottled coffee drinks are a great option. Many of them often have less sugar than specialty coffee drinks.
"Coffee can also help give you the energy to reach your physical activity goals," says Christa Brown, RDN, New Jersey-based private practice dietitian. "Coffee, in general, has been linked to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a lower risk of depression."
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With so many different products on the market, it can be difficult to choose which to begin your day with. To make things easier, we rounded up the best canned and bottled coffee drinks you can buy.
How We Chose
We spoke with two registered dietitians who shared their recommendations and tips for finding the best canned and bottled coffee. Along with their input, we chose products based on the following criteria:
- Caffeine content
- Flavor options
- Sugar content
1. Boss Coffee Cold Black Coffee
Per can: 10 calories, 45 milligrams sodium, 0 grams protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams sugar
This ready-made canned coffee drink has been brewed from beans sourced from Colombia and Brazil, and it has a smooth, rich taste. With 140 milligrams of caffeine, this canned drink will give you a double shot of espresso worth of energy to sustain your morning.
"It has a rich bold flavor with just 10 calories per can and no added sugars," Brown says. Plus, it's keto-friendly and gluten- and dairy-free to meet your dietary needs.
Buy it: Grocery.com; Price: $44.54 for a 12-pack
2. High Brew Coffee Double Espresso
Per can: 50 calories, 25 milligrams sodium, 2 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams sugar (5 grams added)
People with acid reflux may find it difficult to drink coffee. "But this one is a little less acidic than other coffee blends and comes in at under 50 calories per can," Brown says. Each batch of java was brewed over time and lightly sweetened with pure cane sugar, and you'll get between 130 and 150 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $33.49 for a 12-pack
3. Sail Away Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
Per can: 30 calories, 0 milligrams sodium, 0 grams protein, 7 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams sugar
If you're the type who likes even more caffeine than you'll find in a double shot of espresso, look no further than Sail Away's Nitro Cold Brew. Each can contains 220 milligrams of caffeine — the equivalent of about three expresso shots — to give you a real morning power-up.
Despite being free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners, this drink is naturally sweet and has chocolatey undertones.
"The process of nitro-brewing coffee is quite a unique one. The coffee is first brewed at room temperature and then nitrogen is added instead of carbon dioxide," Brown says. "This process produces tiny bubbles delivering a sensational smooth mouthfeel to the coffee."
Buy it: SailAway.com; Price: From $27.50 for a 6-pack
4. REBBL Stacked Coffee
Per can: 30 calories, 25 milligrams sodium, 1 gram protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams sugar
What makes this coffee unique is that it's infused with immune-supporting ingredients, such as mushrooms and green tea.
"The other ingredients, including L-theanine, lions' mane and reishi, can also help with energy and focus," Brown says.
This particular bottled coffee drink boasts other important nutrients, too. It has 6% calcium and 8% potassium. Plus, it comes with a convenient cap so you can take it with you on the go.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: From $47.99 for a 12-pack
5. Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
Per can: 2.4 calories, 4.7 milligrams sodium, 0.3 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams sugar
Coffee can be an expensive habit, but this option from Trader Joe's is affordable and is much less acidic than other options. It comes in a concentrated form, which means you can add as much water or creamer as you want to customize the strength and taste according to your own preference.
It's made from the Arabica bean, which is very high in polyphenols, so it may even help fight inflammation, Brown says. Without the addition of sugar or flavorings, you can customize the taste of this coffee to your liking, or simply enjoy it as is. "There are no calories and added sugars, making this one of my personal favorites."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $17.50 for a 32-oz bottle (makes 8 to 12 cups)
6. Pop & Bottle Oat Milk Latte
Per can: 130 calories, 90 milligrams sodium, 7 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams sugar
This canned coffee drink isn't your average latte. It is formulated with collagen, "making it great for extra protein and hair and nail support," says Lauren Pimentel, RD, LDN, a New York-based dietitian. You can purchase Pop & Bottle Oat Milk Lattes in flavors like Classic, Vanilla and Mocha, each offering a different set of nutritious ingredients. Or, buy a variety pack.
This latte is also made with oat milk, making it perfect for people who are lactose sensitive or intolerant. Each can has 80 milligrams of caffeine, which is equivalent to about a cup of coffee. This option is ideal if you're looking for a lighter dose of caffeine.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $57.50 for a 12-pack
7. La Colombe Triple Shot Draft Latte
Per can: 100 calories, 115 milligrams sodium, 5 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams sugar (4 grams added)
This coffee is brewed from 100 percent Arabica, Brazilian beans and it's naturally sweetened with cane sugar. It boasts 175 milligrams of caffeine (that's three shots of espresso). You can find it in other varieties, such as Double (as in, a double shot of espresso, if you prefer less caffeine), Vanilla and Mocha.
When poured into a cup or glass, you'll enjoy a cold latte that's topped with a frothy layer of foam. Real, reduced-fat milk adds creaminess to this canned latte, but it's still approved for those avoiding lactose as it is lactose-free.
Thanks to the milk, you'll get a dose of vitamin D and calcium when you sip, and on top of all that, this product is kosher and gluten-free. "It's a great option for people who want a creamy and sweet drink," Pimentel says.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $32.16 for a 12-pack
8. Rise Brewing Co. Original Black Nitro Cold Brew
Per can: 10 calories, 15 milligrams sodium, <1 gram protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams sugar
Rise Brewing Company's Black Nitro Cold Brew comes highly recommended by Pimentel as a low-calorie option, as there are only 10 calories in a can. "This drink only has coffee and water, so it's perfect for you if you're trying to cut back on sugar or keep your morning beverage low in calories," she says.
Using coffee beans from Peru that have been cold-brewed, the formula is marketed as 70 percent less acidic than other conventional brews.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $42 for a 12-pack
9. Califia Nitro Latte Cold Brew With Oat Milk
Per can: 70 calories, 160 milligrams sodium, <1 gram protein, 13 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams sugar (8 grams added)
Enjoy a double espresso with Califia's Nitro Latte. Brewed from 100 percent premium Arabica beans and blended with creamy oat milk, this drink offers a velvety texture. "The nitrogen and oat milk give this canned coffee a deliciously creamy mouthfeel without a ton of extra calories, only 70 per can," Pimentel says.
This canned latte is kosher, vegan and gluten-free, and comes in other varieties, too: Try the Unsweetened Black and White flavor, the Mocha flavor and the sweeter Salted Caramel flavor — or buy a variety pack and try them all.
Buy it: Mercato.com; Price: $2.49
10. Super Coffee Vanilla Latte
Per can: 70 calories, 10 milligrams sodium, 10 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram sugar
Super Coffee's Vanilla Latte is another great bottled coffee option to meet the on-the-go lifestyle. Its sweetened with monk fruit, which adds a bit of an aftertaste to the drink but keeps it low in carbs.
This bottled coffee is also infused with MCT oil, which contains fats that are thought to be used as a quick source of fuel, per the Cleveland Clinic. "One bottle of this coffee has 200 milligrams of caffeine — the same amount you'd get from about two cups of coffee," Pimentel says.
And, this coffee has a flavor for everyone's preferences: Vanilla, French Vanilla, Mocha, Hazelnut, Coconut Mocha, Sweet Cream and White Chocolate Peppermint.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $26.99 for a 6-pack
What to Look for in Canned and Bottled Coffee Drinks
When you're buying a canned or bottled coffee drink, there are a few things to consider that will help you figure out which one's best for you.
Canned and bottled coffee drinks have between 65 and 220 milligrams of caffeine, while a regular cup of coffee has roughly 70 to 140 milligrams of caffeine.
If you're sensitive to caffeine, Pimentel recommends checking the product label and staying away from high doses of caffeine (usually between two and three espresso shots). Consider options with less caffeine, or drink half the bottle or can instead.
Calories and Other Nutrients
Most bottled and canned coffee drinks have between 50 and 70 calories. But if you don't want to drink your calories, there are other options, such as Boss Coffee's Cold Black (10 calories) and Trader Joe's Cold Brew Coffee (zero calories).
Just as well, check the ingredients list of your canned and bottled coffee products. Some may have ingredients you're looking to avoid, like milk. Others may have ingredients that add nutrients you want to have more of, such as protein and healthy fats.
Added sugars are something to keep an eye out for. "You want to look for less than 5 percent under the Daily Value (DV) column on the back of the label as a guide," Brown says.
"It is recommended that adults don't take in more than 10 percent of their total calories from sugar. So if you're eating 2,000 calories per day, that's a limit of 200 calories from added sugars."
She also mentions that organic pure cane sugar is still considered an added sugar. Eating too much sugar can increase the risk of heart disease, cause tooth decay and trigger inflammation, per the Mayo Clinic.
If you still like your java on the sweet side, go for ready-to-drink coffees that are sweetened with natural, zero-calorie sweeteners such as monk fruit or stevia.