Typically coffee is a beverage that is very low in calories.
If you have just a plain black espresso with no sugar, the drink will only have maybe between 1-2 calories in it.
A cup of coffee can become much more calorie-rich when you start adding extras like milk, cream and sugar.
Here’s how many calories 1 tablespoon of the following extras will add to your brew:
- Heavy whipping cream: 52 calories
- Table sugar: 49 calories
- Half-and-half: 20 calories
- Fat-free milk: 5 calories
Coffee is generally quite a bitter-tasting drink, so a lot of people add extra ingredients to sweeten their beverage – which is where all the extra calories tend to come from.
Therefore, coffee can become quite a high calorie drink when you drink large volume cups (i.e. from a high street coffee shop) – so if you are watching your weight then you really need to stick to black coffee.
Here’s a quick chart detailing some estimated calorie counts for different coffee drinks: