Are the calories in your favorite coffee the equivalent of the calories in a muffin – or your lunch — for that matter?
Calories and nutritional information for some Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts hot coffee drinks:
- Starbucks Caffe Latte, grande (16 oz), 2% milk: 190 calories, 7g fat, 18g carbs, 12g protein
- Starbucks Cappuchino, grande (16 oz), 2% milk: 120 calories, 4g fat, 12g carbs, 8g protein
- Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, grande (16oz), 2% milk, no whipped cream: 440 calories, 10g fat, 75g carbs, 13g protein
- Starbucks Gingerbread Latte, grande (16 oz), 2% milk: 250 calories; 6g fat; 37g carbs; 11g protein
- Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, grande (16 oz), 2% milk, whipped cream: 380 calories, 13g fat, 52g carbs, 14g protein
- Dunkin’ Donuts Gingerbread Hot Coffee with Cream, medium: 260 calories, 9g fat, 41g carbs, 4g protein
- Dunkin’ Donuts Snickerdoodle Cookie Hot Latte, medium, whole milk, no whipped cream: 340 calories, 9g fat, 52g carbs, 11g protein
Calories and nutritional information for some iced and frozen coffee drinks:
Note: all info (with the exception of Burger King) is for a 16 ounce cup.
- Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream, 16 ounces (grande): 400 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated), 64g carbohydrates.
- Starbucks Mocha Light Frappuccino with nonfat milk, 16 ounces (grande): 130 calories, 0.5g fat, (0 g saturated), 28g carbohydrates.
- Iced Caffe Latte with nonfat milk, 16 ounces (grande): 90 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbohydrates.
- Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolata made with whole milk, 16 ounces (small): 240 calories, 4 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 50g carbohydrates
- Dunkin’ Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta, 16 ounces (small): 420 calories, 6g fat (3.5g saturated), 92g carbohydrates
- Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Caramel Mocha Latte with milk, (large): 450 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated), 73g carbohydrates
- Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Latte made with skim milk, 16 ounces (small): 80 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbohydrates
- Baskin Robbins Cappuccino Blast Mocha, 16ounces (small): 400 calories, 13g fat (9g saturated), 65g carbohydrates
- McDonald’s McCafé Iced Caramel Mocha, 16 ounces (medium) made with whole milk and whipped cream: 300 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated), 36g carbohydrates
- Burger King: Iced Seattle’s Best Coffee Mocha, 22 ounces (medium): 260 calories, 3.5g fat (2.5g saturated), 54g carbohydrates
Wow—It Can Add Up
- Say you have three grande (Starbucks)—or large (Dunkin’ Donuts)—coffees a day. Each is 20 ounces or 2.5 times the size of a traditional 8 ounce cup.
- If you add 4 tablespoons of half and half and three teaspoons of sugar to each—which sounds like a lot but is very east to do—that’s 128 calories for what you add and around 5 calories for the coffee for a total of 133 calories for each grande/large cup of coffee.
- If you have three of those daily that’s 399 calories a day or the equivalent of 145,635 calories a year.
What about the calories in some plain coffee or tea?
- Brewed coffee, grande (16 oz), black: 5 calories
- Heavy cream, 1tbs: 52 calories
- Half-and-half, 1 tbs: 20 calories
- Whole milk, 1 tbs: 9 calories
- Fat-free milk. 5 calories
- Table sugar, 1tbs: 49 calories
Have your coffee and save some calories, too:
- Ditch the whipped cream.
- Swap half and half, full fat, or 2% milk for 1% or skim.
- Watch the sugar: ask for one pump instead of two of sugar free syrup, add non-calorie sweetener instead of sugar, or don’t sweeten at all.
- Change the size of the drink that you order: instead of a venti or an extra large, order a grande or large – or drop down to a tall, medium, or even a small-sized drink.
- If you have a two a day (or more) habit – like a latte in the morning and a frappuccino in the afternoon – substitute a plain coffee or iced tea (easy on the milk and sugar), or even a latte with nonfat milk for one of those choices.
- Order plain hot or iced coffee or even a hot or iced Americano (almost no calories for 16 ounces) and doctor it with non-caloric sweetener and skim milk. You’d even come out ahead if you use controlled amounts of sugar and a bit of half and half. Or have an hot or iced brewed coffee with classic syrup: a 12 ounce cup has 60 calories.