When you’re feeling drained from a hectic day, a shot of espresso is a great way to get a quick caffeine boost and pick yourself up.
Many folks think that Espresso shots are completely free of calories and that drinking Espresso won’t count in the daily calorie intake.
However, the truth is Espresso does contain a small amount of calories especially fancy espresso drinks like Latte and Cappuccino.
So, how many calories in espresso?
A single shot of espresso has only 2-3 calories, while a double shot has 5-6 calories. However, milk-based espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos are much higher in calories, typically above 100 calories.
Calories in different types of Espresso Drinks
Here’s the comparison of the total amount of calories typically present in different types of espresso drinks
|Amount of Drink (ml)
|Calories or kcals
|130 – 150
|125 – 150
|2 – 3
|Single Shot Espresso
|2 – 3
|Double Shot Espresso
|5 – 6
See! The Espresso shots almost contain no calories, but when milk and sugar are added, the calorie count increases significantly.
The consumption of coffee is healthy and reduces the risks of blood pressure and cardiac diseases, improves mood and energy levels, etc. But the additives like milk, creamer and especially the sugar aren’t that healthy.
However, there is no harm if you drink Latte and Cappuccino in moderation. I personally love to have a hot cup of cappuccino in the evening.
Calories in Milk-Based Espresso Drinks
Many people don’t like black coffee because they find it bitter and prefer to add milk or sugar to it.
As discussed above, Espresso shots don’t have a substantial amount of calories but milk-based espresso drinks contain more calories per cup.
You must control the usage of milk, sugar, and sweeteners in coffee drinks if you are really concerned about calorie intake.
Here’s the breakdown of the amount of calories in different types of milk per 8 oz serving:
- Whole Milk – 150 Calories
- Skimmed Milk – 80 Calories
- Almond milk – 40 Calories
- Soy milk – 80 Calories
- Coconut milk – 50 Calories
A single tablespoon of sugar has 16 calories and other flavored syrups or creamers give 20 calories for each pump.
For those of you who are concerned about calorie intake and love milk-based coffee drinks, you can use low-fat milk like skimmed, almond, or soy milk instead of whole milk and low-calorie sweeteners.
Calories in Starbucks Espresso drinks
How can a coffee lover deny the divine taste of Starbucks? Getting your rich cup of vanilla latte or cafe mocha helps in switching your mood. But you must track the calories contained in espresso drinks at Starbucks.
Here is a breakdown of the calorie content of popular espresso drinks in Starbucks:
- Doppio espresso (45 ml): 10 calories
- Cafe latte (236 ml): 70 to 100 calories
- Cafe mocha (236 ml): 120 to 290 calories (depending on the type)
- Caramel macchiato (236 ml): 100 to 150 calories
- Espresso macchiato (depending on the number of shots): 15 to 20 calories
So, How much espresso is too much?
As we know the famous proverb “excess of anything is bad” so does apply to espresso.
Although the calories in an Espresso shot are almost negligible, there are some other factors worth taking into account, including caffeine content.
According to research, 2-3 cups of coffee is enough for a day. A single shot of espresso contains 60-72 mg and a doppio shot has 120-133 of caffeine.
And the healthy limit of caffeine in a day is 400 mg for adults and 200 mg for teens and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
So having more than 3 doppio shots of Espresso can actually harm you!
Understanding how many calories and caffeine you consume each day is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Black espresso shots are low in calories, but adding milk and sweeteners can increase the calorie content significantly.
I am not saying you should completely eliminate delicious Latte and Cappuccino drinks from your diet. In fact, I love to drink a cup of Cappuccino in the evening.
But there is a limit!
Does Espresso have More Calories than Regular coffee?
The calories in black coffee drinks, whether espresso or brewed coffee, are almost negligible.
A solo espresso shot contains 3 calories and a doppio contains 6 calories. Regular black coffee and Americano have 2 to 5 calories.
How many Calories in a day is Healthy?
In general, the daily intake of calories should be 2000-2200 in women and 2500-2800 in men.
However, these numbers may vary depending on the health and physical activity of a person.
Can you drink espresso while dieting?
Espresso on its own is low in calories and can be a good option if you’re trying to lose weight.
Espresso can provide a quick energy boost that will eventually help in doing exercises in a better way and losing weight.