Coffee is rightfully considered an international beverage because it is the one with which people all over the world start their day. Recipes are no longer limited to the classic version, and with the advent of household coffee machines a cup of fragrant cappuccino can be afforded by any gourmet. The ingredients are laconic: traditional espresso, milk, and a delicate, airy foam, and the calorie count depends on these ingredients.
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There are only two types of the classic drink, white and black. The ingredients of both recipes are similar, the differences lie in the method of preparation. For “black”, coffee is brewed, where the other ingredients are added. “White” is prepared exactly the opposite – first the milk is poured, then the coffee.
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Originally, the traditional recipe did not involve the addition of sugar. A light sweetness was supposed to provide the whipped milk foam: it is it that gives the characteristic flavor.
The calories depend on the fat content of milk: the higher it is, the faster and easier it is to whip milk foam out of the liquid ingredient. A product with an optimal fat content of 3.5% contains 60 kcal/100 ml – for one serving you take from 100 to 120 ml of milk. Calculating the energy value of a cup without sugar is not difficult:
- coffee – 3 kcal;
- milk – 60-72 kcal.
The standard recipe makes a dense, stable “cap” whose structure is not destroyed by the addition of sugar, but any sweeteners increase the energy value of the drink.
Table of kilocalorie content of sweeteners
|Additive||5 g (Regular teaspoon)||7 g (teaspoon with slice)||10 g (1-2 teaspoons)|
It is believed that the caloric value of coffee cappuccino with sugar is higher, but the energy value of the finished drink also depends on the other ingredients. Medium-fat milk will add 21 kilocalories, cream will increase the figure by 60 kilocalories, and a spoonful of sugar – by 24 kilocalories.
Compared to other drinks, cappuccino is not too dangerous for the figure – the table shows the caloric content of a standard serving:
|Coffee Name||Calorie, kcal|
|Classical espresso without additives||1-2|
Pure coffee itself is not satiating – its energy value is minimal. The caloric value of a sugar-free cappuccino with milk is 62-74 kcal for a standard serving. When sweetener is added, the figure increases to 86-98 kilocalories.
It is important to decide what to take as a standard, because the recipe varies all the time and depends on the specific institution. At first, a portion of a coffee and milk cocktail did not exceed 90 ml, which consisted of 30 ml of coffee, foam and milk. Nowadays they serve 150-180 ml, and some cafes offer larger portions up to 350-450 ml for those with a sweet tooth.
Counting calories in a cafe
There are no standard recipes for the drink in strict proportions – each institution offers its own exclusive version. A 200 ml cappuccino without sugar can contain 120 or 240 kcal. Coffee shops list the energy content and volume on their menus, and you can ask the baristas or waiters for information about the drink’s nutritional content.
Coffee offerings from popular brands look like this:
|Company||Serving, ml||Calories, kcal|
|McDonald’s||190 (300)||59 (89)|
|Shokoladnitsa||190 (320) (400)||127 (215) (269)|
Sometimes sweetener is added while the milk foam is being made. This is wrong from the technological point of view – with such tricks baristas cleverly hide the flavor disadvantages of overheated milk. A classic cappuccino with sugar has no more than 100 kcal, while a modified recipe will be more caloric.
The energy value will increase if the barista uses cream instead of milk:
|Additions||Calories with sugar, kcal||Calorie without sugar, kcal|
|Milk 1.5%||≤ 80||≤ 40|
|2,5%||≤ 86||≤ 46|
|3,2%||≤ 90||≤ 50|
|3,5%||≤ 93||≤ 53|
|Cream 10%||≤ 133||≤ 93|
|20%||≤ 184||≤ 133|
Many cafes in large cities offer the opportunity to order a drink with the addition of skim milk or soy milk, which reduces calories. A 150 ml cup of cappuccino can contain from 33 kcal:
|Fat content of milk (cream)||Calorie, kcal|
Very heavy cream is not usually used, as it would affect not only the texture of the drink, but also the taste, making it distinctly creamy.
Baristas create new kinds of the drink every year – amaretto, hazelnut, chocolate and vanilla varieties have already been tasted by coffee lovers. Even under strict dietary restrictions or diet you can treat yourself to this delicate milk-coffee dessert once in a while, which gives you a boost of energy and cheerfulness, improving your mood.