Calories in Tea and Coffee

Amelia Phillips

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How many calories did you consume yesterday… no idea? You’re not alone. Many of us eat foods we think are smart choices, but they could be an energy dense calorie catch-out, contributing to weight gain. Avoid these calorie catch-outs and you might find your body shape changing faster than before!

Firstly do you even know what your daily caloric allowance is? A general guide for weight loss is 1200-1500cal/day for women and around 2000 cal/day for men. Determine your personal daily caloric intake for weight loss.

One common catch-out is coffee and tea. A couple of innocent coffee’s can end up costing you close to half your daily allowance!

calorie content of tea and coffee

Coffee shop coffee and tea
Here is a list of your favorite drinks, total calories and percentage of your daily allowance:

If you drink one coffee shop coffee per day from Starbucks or similar, you will be consuming close to ¼ of your daily allowance. If you have 2 coffees, there’s almost ½ your day gone! That’s a lot of calories for a little drink!


  1. Drink no more than 1 coffee shop coffee/tea per day
  2. Always take the skinny option
  3. Never add syrups, whipped cream etc
  4. Try herbal teas that don’t require milk
  5. Drink more water
  6. Order the smallest size

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  • Sprocketboy

    Of course, a lot of the Starbucks speciality coffees are actually ice cream with some coffee in them, hence the high fat and calorie content. I understand that the best thing to get is an Americano, which is basically a watered-down espresso, and drink it black, or with some skim milk. As a racing cyclist, of course, I am obligated by tradition to drink double espressos all day.

  • Sprocketboy

    Further to my comment, I just checked and a Grande Caramel Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream is 470 Kcal, with 21g of fat (12g saturated fat) and 52g of sugar. Buyer beware!

  • Trisha

    Anymore when I drink tea I don’t add any sugar or any thing to it – I just drink it plain. It took a while to get used to it but now I am.

    (Do you have an email address or some other way to get in touch with you? I’d like to ask you something. Thanks.)

  • Amelia Burton

    Hi Sprocket boy,
    OMG thanks for the reality check on caramel mochas! When we see the skinny celebrities sucking back on starbucks, it sends mixed messages doesn’t it! Now we know the truth… they’re drinking Americanos!

  • Amelia Burton
  • Trisha

    Thanks! I’ll send you an email tonight.

    I really have to avoid caffeine, so I do watch that on the labels. It just doesn’t agree well with me.

  • Amelia Burton

    Hi Trisha,

    Yes caffeine doesn’t agree with a lot of people. Be careful as it appears in many drinks… even green tea!

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    I am not particular with measuring my calories but I dropped my habit of drinking coffee and tea ( the ones with caffeine) because of it’s caffeine content. Caffeine make us feel jittery and increases our stress levels, which contributes in weight gain.