Is Coffee Low Carb? (Essential Info)

Coffee at its purest is low carb.

For reference, a 12 ounce serving of black coffee contains 1 gram of carb. With that, we can conclude that pure coffee is virtually carb-free.

However, the carbs in coffee could change due to the additives such as cream and sugar.

Good thing there are healthy options for coffee creamers and sweeteners to ensure you’ll get a nice and healthy cup of joe.

So, for this article, we’ll investigate the carb content of coffee, and exactly how much carbs are in an average cup. Hopefully, after reading this, you’ll be able to appreciate more what your cup of coffee can offer!

Now, we proceed to the nitty-gritty stuff!

How Many Carbs in Coffee?

An average cup of coffee contains a gram of carbs.

A typical serving of black coffee and espresso contains 1 gram of carbs. And your all-time favorite, Americano is totally carb-free!

However, if you decided to add some sweeteners and creamers to it, the carb composition of your healthy cup of coffee can change.

For reference, I have created this table to show you the potential carb content of your coffee after putting in the additives.

Type of CoffeePotential Carb Content
Cappucino12 grams
Cafe Mocha44 grams
Café au lait1 to 6 grams
Latte24 grams
Flat White24 grams
Types of Coffees & their Potential Carb Content

As you can see, the carb content of these coffees varies depending on how they’re made. For example, 6 grams of whipped cream can add 1 gram of carbs to your coffee.

Whipped cream, milk, and sweeteners can significantly affect the carb content of your coffee.

So, you better downsize to smaller cups and lesser additives!

Watch this video to get a better idea as to how many carbs your coffee contains.

How Many CARBS Does Your Coffee Contain?

Can You Drink Coffee On A Low Carb Diet?


Coffee is nearly carb-free and that makes it a perfect beverage to have on a low-carb diet.

Also, it is one of the best keto-friendly drinks besides water.

Coffee can help boost your energy and is a healthy replacement for sugary drinks. Plus, it helps boost your metabolism!

That said, you can definitely have coffee on a low-carb diet!

Why Does Some Coffee Have Carbs?

The answer is – additives.

Additives like sugar, creamer, and syrups add calorie content to your coffee.

A 12-ounce cup of coffee in most coffee shops contains less than 1 gram of carbs. Of course, if you’re using a larger mug or putting in too much sugar and cream, the amount of carbs in your cuppa will edge slightly north.

Here’s a fun fact for you:

Whether you’re drinking decaf or regular coffee, the number of carbs in it is still the same.

As a rule of thumb, take your coffee black, and with no additives to ensure it’s healthy and low carb.

How To Make Low Carb Coffee?

Here’s a simple low carb coffee recipe that you can try at home:

You’re going to need the following ingredients:

  • crushed or cube ice
  • sugar free maple syrup
  • black coffee
  • heavy cream

All you need to do is mix all the ingredients in a large jug or bottle.

Refrigerate it for 20 minutes, and voila you have a refreshing glass of low carb iced coffee!

The good news is, this can be stored in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. Just don’t add extra ice to preserve its delicious taste and flavor.

Also, I like to freeze it by placing it in an ice cube tray and have it melted in a glass or blended in a high-speed blender.

Sounds like an effective way of storing and freezing iced coffee, right?

Here are some effective tips for you when making low carb coffee:

  • Downsize.
  • Go for sugar-free syrups.
  • Skip whipped cream and syrups that contain flavors.
  • Choose non-dairy products to put in your coffee.
  • Control the amount of milk on your coffee.

Here’s another quick tip for you:

Add some twist to your low carb coffee by adding cinnamon to it. Your cup of coffee will not only taste better but also naturally sweeter without adding any sugary additives.

Moving on, let’s find some answers to the most frequently asked questions about coffee being a low carb beverage.

Does Low Carb Coffee Help To Lose Weight?

Yes, low carb coffee can definitely help you lose some weight.

The caffeine in coffee can help burn fats, especially when you exercise.

On the other hand, caffeine alone can’t help you lose weight as there’s no solid eveidence that it can result in noticeable weight loss.

Also, keep in mind caffeine is generally safe but you have to stay within the level of recommended intake to avoid adverse effects.

Is Bulletproof Coffee Low Carb?

Bulletproof Coffee Served in a Glass

Yes, the bulletproof coffee is a low carb drink!

Basically, it’s made with coffee, butter, and oil which can be served warm and looks like a latte.

It offers a range of health benefits such as:

  • improved mental function
  • increased energy levels
  • prevents hunger

However, the US Food and Drug Administration have not yet evaluated bulletproof coffee as it’s a relatively new product. So, for now there is no hard evidence about its benefits and harmful effects to your health.

Here’s an easy to follow bulletproof coffee recipe that’s worth trying at home. Enjoy!

Is Decaf Coffee Low Carb?

Decaf coffee is indeed low carb!

In fact, both decaf and regular coffee are low carb and is also a safe addition to your keto diet.

Here’s a list of decaf coffee that are okay to drink if you’re on a low carb diet:

  • coffee with cream
  • keto decaf mocha (coconut oil & unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • black coffee
  • decaf lattes

So, which one are you going to try for now?

Is Folgers Coffee Low Carb?

Yes, Folgers coffee is low carb.

For reference, here’s the nutrition facts of the Classic Roast Folgers Ground Coffee:

NutritionAmount Per Serving
Total Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium0 mg
Potassium0 mg
Total Carbohydrates0 g
Protein0 g
Vitamin A 0 mcg
Vitamin C0 mg
Calcium 0 mg
Iron 0 mg
Vitamin D0 mcg
Classic Roast Folgers Ground Coffee Nutrition Facts

As you can see, Folgers coffee has 0 g net carbs per serving.

If you’re following a low carb diet, you should aim to consume less than 50 net carbs per day.

Net carbs can be derived if you subtract fiber from total carbs. It is the amount of carbohydrates that you can digest and use for energy.

Low Carb Coffee Benefits

Apart from weight loss, here are the other benefits of low carb coffee:

  • better cognition
  • improved gut health
  • help manage symptoms of epilepsy
  • reduces the risk of diabetes
  • boosts metabolism

What Drinks Are Carb Free?

Here are other relatively low carb drinks that you can try aside from coffee:

  • light beer
  • wine
  • pure alcohol such as vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey

Always go for low carb alcohol mixers such as sugar-free tonic water, diet soda, and seltzer to keep the carb content of your drink in minimal.

As for balance, here’s a list of drinks to avoid as they’re high in carbs:

  • cocktails
  • mixed drinks
  • regular beer
  • energy drinks

The Bottomline

Coffee, by nature, is a low carb beverage.

Caffeine, the main component of coffee, provides various health benefits in terms of boosting energy levels and lowering the risk of certain diseases.

Pure coffee is nearly carb free and is also loaded with minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to your overall health.

To be more specific, coffee can help you burn fats, especially when coupled with exercise and healthy lifestyle.

Note that carbs in food and beverage are perfectly fine as long as you consume it in moderation.

Moreover, to ensure your coffee is low carb, you need to cut down on additives such as cream, sugar, milk, and syrups.

Take your coffee black instead!

Enjoy your cuppa and don’t overconsume!

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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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