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How Many Calories Are Really in Your Cup Coffee?

Hidden Calories in Your Cup of Joe

Just about everyone I know consumes at least one cup of coffee a day. That roasted rich beverage actually has a lot of health benefits, and an eight ounce cup only contains two calories, so it won't bust your waistline. The thing is, not a lot of people enjoy their coffee black, and all the sweeteners and flavorings people use can add up to some major calories. I'm not saying you should ditch your cup of joe, just be mindful of how many calories your cup contains.

To see how many calories cream, sugar, and the occasional dollop of "whip" add to your coffee,


1 pump of Starbucks Chocolate Mocha Sauce
Food Calories
1 tbsp cream 52
1 tbsp half and half 20
1 tbsp whole milk 9
1 tbsp 2% milk 7.7
1 tbsp 1% milk 6.6
1 tbsp skim milk 5.7
1 tbsp plain soymilk 6
1 tbsp vanilla soymilk 6
1 tbsp whipped cream 90
1 tbsp flavored plain non-dairy creamer 20
1 tbsp French vanilla flavored non-dairy creamer 35
1 tbsp hazelnut flavored non-dairy creamer 35
1 pump of Starbucks flavored syrup 20
1 pump of Starbucks flavored syrup, sugar-free 0
1 tbsp caramel 15
1 tbsp chocolate 18
1 tsp, 1 cube, or 1 packet white sugar 11
1 tsp brown sugar 11
1 tsp or packet Sugar in the Raw 20
1 tsp maple syrup 16.7
1 tsp honey 21.3
1 shot of espresso 5


lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
i VERY rarely have coffee at all, but occasionally if i need protien with a meal or a snack, i have a tall decaf soymilk has just the right amount of coffee flavor with the added bonus of protein. personally i don't think that a tbsp of soymilk would add enough flavor to be significant...might as well drink it black.
Valou1 Valou1 8 years
who cares about the calories? if we can't enjoy coffee too then life is really dull!
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
I count my small skinny latte towards my daily total too. No sugar or sweetener though.
livetolove livetolove 8 years
I've been adding almond milk w/ a dash of coffeemate to it--delicious!
sideways sideways 8 years
I actually hate the taste of artifical sweetners so I go with only soy milk instead...though it is sweetened (I don't add anything else)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Since I don't usually drink my coffee black, I count the calories in my daily cup towards my total for the day. Generally, I put a little bit of fat free French vanilla creamer and some Splenda in mine, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I know it's probably not great for me, but I do limit it to one cup a day.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
hmmm, Nikkiruby, I might have to try that!
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I've always wanted to know the caloric contents of my Starbucks Pike. I'll be sure not to add too much half-n-half and non-fat milk to my coffee. At least I use one packet of splenda, tho, no matter what size I get.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i like mine black :)
esweet esweet 8 years
I thought I'd be the only coffee-hater aimeeb! I've never had a cup. I drink black tea in the mornings though.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Lord I hate coffee, all kinds.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
me too berri716...the skinny vanilla latte is the's 3 points on WW which is perfect!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
we always have this debate at work. lucky for me i'm a 'black coffee' drinker and if anything i'll put a splenda in it so i'm rather cal conscious but most of my co workers go for the flavored coffees and then put milk and sugar and things in it, and that's just not as good for you - even if it tastes good.
genniboo genniboo 8 years
i have my coffee either black or with a splash of milk (0% fat) so i'm not really worried about it..
laellavita laellavita 8 years
i know artificial sweetener is bad for you, but i grew up on the taste so sugar in my coffee seems weird to me. that plus just a splash of unsweetened almond milk, and i am good for my cup!
rach716 rach716 8 years
I always get the skinny vanilla latte at Starbucks's. The sugar-free vanilla syrup is 0 calories and replaces any sweetner I would normally add to a cup of coffee.
jessicaeden jessicaeden 8 years
I like adding a tiny bit of ground cinnamon to my coffee -- adds a lot of flavor without the calories.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 8 years
I just like a little vanilla soy milk to mine. When you shake up soy milk it has a natural "foam" that makes you feel you have a slight whip topping. Mmmmmmm I'm having a cup right now.
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