How many calories in coffee

This is a really good question; because if you’re trying to loose weight, how you start your day is really important. The quick answer to, how many calories in coffee or how many calories in a cup of coffee is about 5 calories.

Karen Lost 60 Pounds

My sister Karen is one smart lady; because she asks good questions. When it comes to losing weight, she’s the expert.

From a strategic point of view, loosing weight is about maximizing your eating experience with a minimal number of calories.

In other words, you’re trading quantity and convenience for quality, thus maximizing your eating experience while reducing calories.

Unnecessary Calories

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Charbucks Idea of Coffee

The average coffee drink consumed by Americans contains between 50 and 200 calories. So, how did we get from 5 calories to, let’s conservatively say, 100 calories? And I think you’ll agree that calories count.

Here’s the ugly truth. Most coffee in America sucks. It’s bitter and burnt. Hell, if I burned the snot out of a steak, you’d put A1 Sauce on it, right? If I made lemonade without sweetener, you’d add sugar, right?  The same thing goes for burnt and bitter coffee. To make burnt and bitter industrial coffee even remotely palatable, much less enjoyable, you’re obligated to add cream, sugar, caramel, chocolate, whip cream, and sprinkles. No wonder you’re “coffee” drink is making us all fat!

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Coffee Heaven at 5 Calories

Wouldn’t it be nice to truly enjoy a cup of coffee with only 5 calories? Normally, in most coffee shops, and in most grocery stores, even with most online coffee roasters, you’re still going to get bitter and burnt industrial coffee requiring numerous additives to hide the bitter and burnt flavor. To get heavenly coffee you only need three things that we’ll discuss in more detail below:

  1. Great beans
  2. Fresh roasted
  3. Good brewing technique
how many calories in a cup of coffee

Smooth Beans

Not all coffee beans are created equal; some are bitter, others are smooth. I prefer smooth. In my search for the smoothest coffee beans in the world, I ended up in Central America, which is notorious for producing smooth beans. Through our rigorous coffee cupping, the smoothest and most flavorful coffee beans in the world, in my humble opinion, come from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica.

At Lake City Coffee, we (more correctly, my beautiful wife Alisha and I) source 100% of our coffee from only small independent farmers in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. This year, we’re getting all our coffee from Don Roberto. The coffee is super smooth with zero bitterness, naturally sweet, with strong notes of chocolate and nut.

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Fresh Roasted

I’m sorry to break this to you, but a vast majority of roasted coffee beans in the United States have been sitting in warehouses and on store shelves for months if not years. No wonder it’s bitter.

On the other hand, we measure freshness by the hour. Our motto is “From our roaster to your table in 24-48 hours”.  When your coffee is that fresh, it’s a difference that can be tasted in a nano-second. And the difference isn’t minor. Imagine eating a peach that was picked a month ago vs. one that was picked today. You get the idea.

Fresh Ground

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It’s the oils inside the bean that contain all the bioflavonoids, antioxidants, caffeine, and flavor. The object of the making coffee is to preserve these oils until you put them into water. Therefore, the beans must be fresh (roasted less than 30 days ago), and the beans should be ground just before brewing. Pre-ground coffee tastes horrible.

As for grinders, you want a burr grinder. That’s a type of grinder, not a brand name. If you can see the blades, then it’s not a burr. Burr grinders give you a consistent grind and consistent taste.  Blade grinders do not.

Brewing The Best Coffee

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I prefer brewing methods that allow the grounds to steep for a few minutes in the water vs. methods that just allow the water to momentarily pass through the grounds. Steeping makes all the difference in the world. Below are my three favorite methods of brewing coffee.

  1. Cold Brew – This method produces the smoothest and perhaps most naturally sweet coffee on the planet. And it’s super easy. Watch my video on how to make cold brew coffee. (Click Here).  Oh and if you like your coffee hot, you can always microwave your cold brew.
  2. AeroPress – This is my preferred, go-to, method. The AeroPress is much like a big syringe; kind of like a French Press, but smoother and sweeter. Watch my video on how to make cold brew coffee. (Click Here). 
  3. French Press – I have a love-hate relationship with the French Press. The French Press doesn’t hide anything. It’s perhaps the most “pure” method of making coffee. It seems to amplify the attributes of the beans put into it. If you have bad beans or a bad roast, the results taste like shit. But if you put in great beans, with a great roast, and limit the steeping time to 1-2 minutes, what you end up with is one hell of a robust and yet mostly smooth cup of coffee. This method is not for the faint of heart.
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How Many Calories In Coffee

The answer is still 5 calories in a cup of coffee. By following the above recommendations in selecting the right beans, the right roast, and right brewing methods, then you shouldn’t need to add any calories to your coffee.

Just read the reviews for Lake City Coffee and you’ll see person after person telling the same story that our coffee is naturally sweet with no bitterness. This is by definition true comfort food. Trust me, you will be satisfied with just this coffee.

How Many Calories In A Cup of Coffee

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Here’s the good news. If you really need a sweetener or flavoring in Lake City Coffee, then feel free to add zero calorie syrup, such as Torani or Skinny Mixes. If you do that, don’t tell me. I’d rather think that you’re just enjoying my coffee the way God intended it to be sipped.

Last thought on calories and loosing weight. We has humans have a need for fun. We trade off all kinds of things for fun. And let’s face it, eating and drinking can be fun. My suggestion is to go for quality. Take the time to make great coffee. Don’t be lazy and be content with convenience. The extra time and effort for making great coffee is worth every second. AND you’ll save calories.


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