What Is Black Coffee? ☕

Black coffee is simply coffee with nothing added – no cream, no milk, no sweetener. When you leave out those extra ingredients, you leave out the calories, fat, and sugar that come with them. That allows you to enjoy the health benefits of coffee without additives that aren’t as good for you.

Consider this: An 8-ounce Starbucks Caramel Macchiato has 120 calories, 15 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of fat. The same amount of brewed black coffee has 2 calories, no sugar, and no fat.

There’s another possible, though minor, health benefit of black coffee. When you don’t dilute your coffee, you get the antioxidants and caffeine it contains at full strength. These components are thought to be responsible for most of coffee’s health benefits. But you’d have to add a lot of cream or sugar to weaken your coffee enough to make much difference.

And what about coffee that looks blacker because it’s made of dark-roasted beans? It might seem logical that the darker the black coffee, the more health benefits it would have. Dark roast coffee has a darker appearance and fuller-bodied flavour than light or blonde roasts. However, the jury’s out on.