A Lighter Option

Monday, August 20, 2018

Extra toppings and sweeteners have become commonplace in today’s coffee drinks, but there are some simple ways to dial back the calories.


  • Use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Switching from full-fat milk can reduce both fat and calories: swapping whole milk for skimmed milk saves around 100 calories per 350ml latte!
  • Dust with flavour. A shaker of cinnamon or cocoa powder lets guests adjust the taste of their drinks without overloading on calories. For example, a dusting of cocoa powder contains just 3kcal compared to 45kcal for a serving of whipped cream.
  • Hold the toppings. Make a habit of serving coffee drinks without the extra sugar, saving whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and caramel sauce for desserts.
  • Offer smaller sizes. A 90ml serving of espresso or a 240ml serving of coffee can be exquisitely satisfying when you use quality ingredients and beautiful cups.


A Tall Drink of Water

The shape of the glass can influence people’s perceptions of how much liquid is being served. Tall, thin glasses are perceived to contain more than short, wide glasses. Research also shows that people tend to over-pour into short, wide glasses. Set a standard to keep beverage servings constant, no matter what type of glassware you use.1


Pouring It On: Expanding Drink Sizes

When carbonated drinks were first introduced, they were sold in glass bottles that measured just 190ml apiece. Manufacturers moved to cans in the 1960s, increasing the volume to 330ml per serving2. In the 1990s, 500ml plastic bottles became popular, and consumers can now buy carbonated drinks in bottles up to 2 litres.



  1. Caljouw, van Wijck, 2014
  2. Harvard, 2012