Black Coffee Basics (Explored)

Simply put, black coffee is a regular coffee without cream, sugar, and other additives.

Coffee can come in many variations and flavors. Whether you have a penchant for caramel in your macchiato or maybe even be adventurous with an Affogato, there’s always something for you!

Black coffee is an often underrated yet classic drink. The bitter aftertaste of black coffee is unique and aromatic. And that makes this drink so special.

In this article, I’ll be sharing with you what you should know about black coffee, its benefits, nutrition value, and many other info.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Black Coffee Nutrition Facts 

For starter, here’s a table showing the nutritional info of one cup of coffee.

Standard ValueAmount (per 270 g)
Protein 0.3 g
Sugars0 g
Fiber0 g
Carbohydrates0. g
Sodium6 mg
Fat0 g
Nutritional Info of 1 cup of coffee provided by USDA.

In addition to this, black coffee contains magnesium, caffeine, and B-Vitamins, which are important nutrients your body needs to remain strong and healthy.


There is at least 8 mg of magnesium in 100 ml coffee cup.

Magnesium is one of the macronutrients found in black coffee. It is an important macronutrient that helps support the immune system, improves cognitive function, provides energy, and boosts muscle strength.

Other macronutrients found in black coffee can be seen on this table, along with their composition.

MicronutrientComposition (100 ml)
Niacin0.7 mg
Riboflavin0.01 mg
Manganese0.05 mg
Potassium90 mg
Macronutrients in Black Coffee


An average cup of coffee contains 95 mg caffeine.

Caffeine is found in various food and beverages, especially chocolate, coffee, and tea. The caffeine content in food and beverages varies depending on the ingredients and how it is prepared.

Generally speaking, caffeine is considered safe but it can become detrimental when ingested in large amounts. So, drink your black coffee in moderation!


One cup of coffee contains:

  • 11% of the RDA for Vitamin B2
  • 2% of the RDA for niacin
  • 3% of the RDA for potassium and manganese
  • 6% of the RDA for Vitamin B12

In other words, black coffee is definitely rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which makes the drink one of the healthiest drink on the planet.

Let me emphasize this:

Coffee can become a dietary concern if you add ingredients such as whipped cream, sugar, milk, syrups, and flavorings.

So, black coffee it is!

Is Drinking Black Coffee Good For You?

Drinking black coffee is good for you because of the various health benefits that it provides. Black coffee will not give you an energy boost but it can keep you healthy in many ways.

Black coffee is rich in antioxidants that helps fight cell damage and lower your risk of acquiring serious health conditions such as cancer and heart diseases.

It can also help improve cognition and mood which are often attributed to caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and helps improve alertness and concentration if consumed in moderation.

That being said, drinking black coffee in moderation is certainly good for you!

Is Black Coffee Good for Weight Loss?

Black coffee is good for weigh loss because it can help you work out more and boost metabolism rate up to 50%.

The caffeine in coffee can help increase metabolic rate and your body’s ability to burn fats. It is easier for you to lose weight if you have a high metabolic rate.

Interestingly, caffeine can also increase fat burning by as much as 29% in lean people and only 10 % in obese individuals.

Now, these all sounds good but the effects of caffeine diminished in the long run due to the tolerance build up.

With this, we can gather that black coffee is good for weight loss but it can also become an ineffective weight loss strategy in the long term.

Black Coffee Benefits

Thanks to the nutrients, minerals, and massive antioxidants found in black coffee, it made this beverage healthy in its own way!

Here are some of the benefits of black coffee:

  • promotes weight loss
  • improves cardiovascular health
  • improves memory
  • cleanse your stomach
  • may help prevent the risk of developing cancer
  • rich in antioxidants
  • improves exercise performance
  • good for the liver
  • rich in antioxidants

As you can see, black coffee is beneficial. However, it can become detrimental to your health if consumed in large amounts.

See this short clip to learn more about the benefits of coffee.

WATCH AND LEARN: Health Benefits of Coffee

Now, let’s move to the secrets to making a good cup of black coffee!

How Do You Make Black Coffee?

There are different methods to making the perfect cup of black coffee.

Personally, I prefer the French press method because the end result is – mouth-watering cup of black coffee!

Anyway, everyone should have a French press! It makes a brilliant brew and they’re great for when you’re camping. Also, particularly suited to van life.

Here’s how to make a perfect French press black coffee:

  1. Preheat your French press. Grind your coffee while waiting for it to warm up.
  2. Add your coffee and shake it properly.
  3. Pour hot water and make sure everything is submerged.
  4. Let it bloom!
  5. Add more hot water to fill the carafe.
  6. Brew your coffee for 4 minutes.
  7. Plunge and pour!
Black coffee will not break your fast!

Can Black Coffee Break a Fast?

Black coffee does not break your fast and it’s also safe to drink it during a fasting window.

Coffee itself has low calories and a very small amount of fats, minerals, and protein. You don’t have to worry about the nutrients in a cup of black coffee because it will not initiate a metabolic change that will disrupt your fasting.

Overall, drinking coffee will not break your fast as long as you keep it black without added ingredients.

Black Coffee Calories

Black coffee has zero calories.

However, USDA claims that there are 2 calories in an 8 oz mug of black coffee. Still, I don’t think it’s worth adding up even if you’re a strict calorie counter.

To me, that means black coffee is safe no matter what kind of diet you’re following.

For reference, here’s the calorie content of other types of coffee:

Americano5 calories
Cold Brew Coffee3 calories
Espresso3 calories
Calories in Americano, Espresso, and Cold Brew Coffee

Side Effects of Black Coffee

Expect 95 mg caffeine in an average cup of coffee, which isn’t too bad because it’s still within the recommended intake.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the level of caffeine intake per day for healthy adults is 400 mg. Exceeding this limit can lead to jitters, headaches, nausea, and other caffeine-related symptoms.

Moreover, here are the other side effects of drinking too much black coffee:

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • can mess up with sleep routine
  • stomach pains
  • problems with absorbing minerals from your diet

As you know by now, too much of everything is a bad thing. So, drink your black coffee in moderation to reap its maximum benefits.

How Can You Get Used to Drinking Black Coffee?

Based on experience, the most effective way to get used to drinking black coffee is to gradually eliminate sugar and milk from your daily coffee intake.

You don’t need to rush this process. You should also know that it can take few weeks until your taste bud become well-adjusted to the taste. And that’s totally okay!

Here’s a trick that I have tried and they seem to help a lot:

  • Use half a teaspoon of sugar and half the milk you usually use.
  • Do it like this for a week.
  • Use half a teaspoon of sugar and a quarter of the milk you usually use.

I followed this pattern until I reached the point of using zero milk and sugar. And by the way, it took me at least 2.5 weeks to get used to the taste!

Final Thoughts

All in all, I’d say black coffee is indeed the kind of drink that is safe for you to have from time to time.

However, black coffee, too, has its good and bad sides.

You should be aware of its side effects and should always stick to the daily recommended intake to avoid adverse effects. That way, you can fully enjoy the benefits of black coffee.

It may be challenging at first to get used to the taste but you will adjust to it after a few weeks.

So, go ahead now. Enjoy your cup of joe!

Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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