Did you know a regular 8-ounce cup of dark roast coffee has just two calories? That’s right, two. According to the USDA nutrient database, the calories come from a small amount of protein and some mono-unsaturated oils. Two calories!
Coffee beans naturally have oils in them. And if you’ve ever had really awful coffee, it’s likely due to those oils becoming rancid. The oils are also the reason baristas need to clean the espresso machine to prevent build up.
Oils aside, let’s get back to those two little calories in a cup. We’re talking water and coffee—that’s it. When you start adding cream or milk, sugar, syrup or chocolate, and whipped cream the calories begin to build. Did you know the average blended coffee beverage is over 400 calories, which is more dessert than a coffee?
Once you’ve conquered the caloric take on coffee, the next cup is up to you and your waistline. When you start with premium, high quality coffee beans, like we do, there is usually little need to add anything to your cup but the coffee.