How many Calories are in an Espresso Shot?

There’s no doubt that caffeine is a powerful drug. It can help you stay awake and alert, and even has some health benefits. But how much caffeine is in an espresso shot? And are the calories worth it? Here’s what you need to know.

How Many Calories Are In A Shot Of Espresso?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get a caffeine fix, you might wonder how many calories are in a shot of espresso. While the answer can vary depending on a few factors, a typical shot of espresso contains around 2.5 calories.

However, this number can increase significantly if you add milk or other flavors to your espresso. For example, a small latte with whole milk can contain over 100 calories.

If you’re watching your calorie intake, you must be aware of what you’re adding to your espresso. Otherwise, you might end up consuming more calories than you bargained for.

How Many Calories in 2 Shots of Espresso?

Espresso is a strong coffee made by forcing hot water under pressure through finely-ground coffee beans. It is typically served in small quantities and has high caffeine content. A single shot of espresso contains approximately 75 mg of caffeine, while a brewed coffee will have around 100 mg.

In terms of calories, a single shot of espresso has approximately 2.5 calories. However, most espresso drinks contain two shots, so the calorie count will double if you order a standard espresso drink.

There are usually around 20 calories per eight ounces in espresso, but single shots of espresso are generally much smaller than this, at around one ounce. So if you have espresso on its own, the calorie content will always be very low.

How Many Calories in Coffee?

A typical cup of coffee contains around 100 calories, most of which come from the milk and sugar added to the beverage. However, coffee itself is relatively low in calories, with a full cup of black coffee containing just two calories.

As such, coffee can be enjoyed without worrying about adding too many calories to your diet, as long as nothing else is added.

Let’s have a look at the calories in different coffee drinks. All of these figures are based on a regular 8-ounce cup.

Black Coffee – 2 calories

No Fat Milk Latte – 75 calories

No Fat Milk Cappuccino – 46 calories

No Fat Milk Macchiato – 52 calories

No Fat Milk Mocha – 129 calories

If you’re looking for a low-calorie option, then it’s always best to avoid milk and sugar. No-fat milk and a sweetener will be your best option if you crave those two ingredients. But, as we see, a cappuccino with milk can still be under 50 calories.

Black coffee will have almost no calories for the ultimate in low-calorie coffee. If you wanted that quick buzz to wake you up, then a single shot of espresso will have very few calories as well.

Final Thoughts

A single shot of espresso will only have around 2.5 calories, making it an excellent option for those on a calorie-controlled diet. The only thing to be aware of is that adding other ingredients to your coffee can quickly increase the calorie count.

While that’s true, many coffee drinks, such as cappuccino, can have low calories, even with milk and sweeteners. So, hopefully, we’ve put your mind at rest that you can still enjoy your favorite drink without worrying about putting on weight.  

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Evelyn J Stafford

Evelyn is a Coffee enthusiast and writer for Wins Coffee Bar. Her work has appeared in Bean Scene, The Home Kitchen and other publications.

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