Low sugar and zero sugar drinks at Costa Coffee. In this post, I am going to be sharing all the low sugar and zero sugar options available from Costa Coffee stores. In it, I will be sharing with you which Costa Coffee drinks have the lowest sugar as well as 30 (yes, 30!) lower sugar drink options. Costa is one of the biggest coffee chains in Europe. So, if you are on a European adventure or are just looking for some lower sugar drink options from your local Costa this is the post for you.
What are the Low Sugar Options at Costa Coffee?
There is a wide selection of lower sugar drinks at Costa – from black coffee drinks which contain 0g of sugar, to Cortados to lattes and iced drinks. The milk at Costa with the lowest sugar content is soya milk. As a general rule, order your Costa drink in mini or small size and with soya milk to limit sugar content.
Which Costa Drinks Have the Lowest Sugar?
The Costa drinks with the lowest sugar (0g of sugar) are:
- Teas (without milk)
- Mini Americanos
- Mini Lattes with soya milk, and
- Flat Blacks.
How Much Sugar is in a Costa Latte?
The amount of sugar in a Costa Coffee Latte depends on the size of the latte and what milk is used. The below table demonstrates the different sugar content of the different kinds of milk available at Costa.
|Milk Used In Latte At Costa||Sugar Content of A Costa Small Take Out Latte|
As you can see soya milk is the milk with the lowest amount of sugar at Costa Coffee. On the opposite end, dairy milk contains the highest amount of sugar due to the naturally occurring lactose.
If you want the lowest sugar content coffee at Costa Coffee, then soya is the best option in terms of sugar content. If soya isn’t for you, then almond, coconut, and oat are still lower sugar options than dairy milk.
To put all this information into context, a large take-out latte made with soya milk contains a negligible 0.1g of sugar. In comparison, a large take-out latte made with semi-skimmed milk in Costa contains 19.6g of sugar!
What are the Zero Sugar Drinks at Costa Coffee?
If you are looking for a drink at Costa with zero sugar or virtually no sugar (i.e., less than 0.5 g of sugar) then choose one of the following Costa Coffee Drinks:
|Costa Drinks||Sugar Content|
|Teas – green tea, berry infusion, mint infusion, earl grey, and English breakfast tea||0g|
|Americano||Mini – 0g Small-Large – 0.1g|
|Premium Filter Coffee||Small – 0.3g Medium – 0.4g Large – 0.5g|
|Cold Brew Coffee (Black)||Small & Medium – 0.2g|
|Latte Made with Soya Milk||Mini – 0g Small-Large – 0.1g|
|Flat White Made with Soya||0g|
One thing to note before we dig in, the “in-store” cups in Costa are smaller than the takeout cups. That means the in-store cups at Costa often contain less sugar than the take-out sizes. So, if you want to lower the sugar of your drink more – have your coffee “for here”.
Lower Sugar Coffee Drinks at Costa Coffee
Okay, so the above table listed all eight of the drink options at Costa Coffee than contain 0g to 0.5g of sugar. But, what about if you are visiting Costa and want something a bit more exciting than a “plain latte: or a “black coffee”?
How about if you fancy something sweet that feels a bit indulgent but that contains 10g of sugar or less? Well, the great news is that Costa has been working hard to create lower-sugar drink options for you on the menu.
Below are a further 22 drinks with a sugar content of 10g or less. Just bear in mind the sugar content is not all added sugar – some of the sugar content is naturally occurring from milk.
9. Mini or Small Take-Out Mocha Made with Soya (7.5g and 9.3g)
If you are craving a mocha next time, you are in Costa Coffee, but you want the sugar content to be below 10g then the only way to do it is to order a mini or small mocha made with soya.
A mini comes in at 7.5g of sugar and a small at 9.3g of sugar. Even the mini-size cups of mocha made with any of the other kinds of milk end up having a sugar content higher than 10g of sugar.
10. Small Iced Americano Black – 3.4g
Next time you are in Costa Coffee, if you want a cool caffeine hit but also want it lightly sweetened then the Iced Americano Black may be for you. This drink is lightly sweetened and a small comes in at 3.4g of sugar.
A medium contains 6.8g of sugar.
11. Small Coffee Frappe Made with Soya Milk – 10g
If you are watching your sugar content, then all Costa frappes are off-limited right? Well, right – apart from one.
As a general rule, the Costa frappes have a sugar content ranging from 21g-56g of sugar. For example, a medium mint choc chip frappe made with semi-skimmed milk contains 56.6g of sugar. Even the small frappes run from 21g of sugar up to 41g of sugar if made with semi-skimmed milk.
However, there is one Costa frappe which, if ordered small and with soya milk, only clocks in at 10g of sugar. The coffee frappe.
To be honest I have always thought the coffee blended iced drinks are the best ones anyway. So, it’s great to know if you want an indulgent blended iced drink at Costa but doesn’t want to go crazy in the sugar department then there is an option
12. In Store Cortado Made with Any Milk (0g-5.9g)
If you are a Cortado fan, then the good news all of the plain Cortados contain less than 10g of sugar no matter what milk you order it with.
The below lists the sugar content depending on what milk you choose. These figures are for the in-store cup size. The take-out size still clocks in at 7.5g or less of sugar depending on the milk you choose:
- Cortado with soya – 0g of sugar
- Cortado with almond – 4.5g of sugar
- Cortado with coconut – 4.6g of sugar
- Cortado with oat – 5g of sugar
- Cortado with skimmed milk – 5.5g of sugar
- Cortado with whole milk – 5.6g of sugar
- Cortado with semi-skimmed milk – 5.9g of sugar
A take-out cortado made with semi-skimmed milk contains 7.5g of sugar and one made with soya contains 0g of sugar.
13. In-Store Caramel Cortado Made with Coconut (8.8g) Almond (8.7g), or Soya (4.7g)
Do you want Cortado’s “decadent cousin”? Espresso swirled with caramel, and milk and topped with a caramel crumb.
If you like the sound of this, you can enjoy one with less than 10g of sugar. That is if it is ordered with soya, almond, or coconut milk. Note the above grams of sugar are for the in-store cup size.
The take-out size comes in, as well, at 10g or less of sugar so long as it is ordered with Soya, Coconut, or Almond milk.
14. In-Store Mocha Cortado Made with Any Milk (5.1g-8.8g)
Another option for you Cortado drinkers is the Mocha Cortado. How much sugar this drink contains, again, depends on what milk you choose to have it made with. Below I list the sugar content for all the different varieties.
- Mocha Cortado with soya milk – 5.1g of sugar
- Mocha Cortado with almond milk – 7.9g of sugar
- Mocha Cortado with coconut milk – 8g of sugar
- Mocha Cortado with oat milk – 8.2g of sugar
- Mocha Cortado with semi-skimmed milk – 8.5g of sugar
- Mocha Cortado with whole milk – 8.6g of sugar
- Mocha Cortado with skimmed milk – 8.8g of sugar
Note that all the above figures are for an in-store Mocha Cortado (which is 107ml).
The take-out mocha cortado is quite a bit bigger at 162ml. This means the take-out version will contain more sugar. In fact, the only take-out Mocha Cortado that comes in below 10g of sugar is one made with soya, which clocks in at 7.5g of sugar.
15. Mini Energizer Caramel Latte with Vitamin B12 and Zinc – Made with Any Milk (5.3g-6.1g)
This caramel latte with added vitamins is only available to be made with oat or dairy. Luckily the mini version comes in at below 10g of sugar no matter what milk you choose.
I have summarized the sugar contact for each of the take-out sizes below (as these are bigger and will contain more sugar than dine-in sizes).
- Made with Soya – 5.3g of sugar
- Made with skimmed milk – 5.7g of sugar
- Made with whole milk – 5.8g of sugar
- Made with semi-skimmed – 6.1g of sugar
16. Small Energizer Caramel Cappuccino with B12 and Zinc – Made with Any Milk (7.1g-8.1g)
The other Energizer coffee on the menu can also just be made with dairy or oat. The good news is the small size clocks in below 10g of sugar no matter what milk you choose.
- Made with oat – 7.1g of sugar
- Made with skimmed milk – 7.7g of sugar
- Made with whole milk – 7.8g of sugar
- Made with semi-skimmed milk – 8.1g of sugar
17. Small Cappuccino Made with Soya (1.6g) Almond (9.7g) or Coconut (9.9g)
A small take-out cappuccino made with soya, almond, or coconut ranges from 1.5g to 9.9g of sugar. This is a simple coffee, but a classic. If you love dairy or want it made with oat milk but want below 10g of sugar content then you can order a mini.
18. Mini Flat White Made with Any Milk (0g-8g)
A Mini Flat White made with any milk will clock in below 10g of sugar. A Mini Flat White made with soya contains 0g of sugar. A Mini Flat White made with soya contains 8g of sugar.
If you want a small then you will have to order with coconut, almond, or soya for it to clock in below 10g of sugar.
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Lowest Sugar Iced Coffees at Costa
In this section, I will be listed out all the lower sugar iced coffee offers available from Costa Coffee.
19. Small Iced Latte Made with Coconut (9.9g), Almond (9.7g), or Soya (3.4g)
I start with the simple iced latte. It is great to know that if you want a cool iced latte on a hot day, you can get a small one made with coconut, almond, or soya and they will come in at below 10g of sugar.
20. Small Iced Cappuccino Made with Any Milk (9.3g-9.4g)
Why is it that the cappuccinos usually contain less sugar than the lattes, despite the chocolate dusting on top? Well, the answer is because cappuccinos contain less milk than a latte. Cappuccino is made from equal parts coffee, milk, and milk foam. Whereas a latte is made from coffee and milk.
According to the Costa website, an iced cappuccino can only be made with dairy milk. A small iced cappuccino made with skimmed or whole milk contains 9.3g of sugar and one made with semi-skimmed contains 9.4g of sugar.
21. Iced Flat White Made with Any Milk (4.3g-9.9g)
The iced Flat White appears to just come in one size. No matter what milk you have it made with it will clock in below 10g of sugar. An iced Flat White made with soya contains the least sugar at 4.3g of sugar.
An iced Flat White made with semi-skimmed contains the most at 9.9g of sugar.
22. Small Iced Mocha Made with Coconut (9.9g), Almond (9.8g), or Soya (5.3g)
As we already know mochas are higher in sugar content. However, you can still enjoy a small iced mocha made with soya, coconut, or almond milk without completely going crazy in the sugar department. A small iced Mocha made with coconut milk comes in at 9.9g of sugar. If you want the lowest sugar option, then choose one made with soya milk which comes in at 5.3g of sugar.
23. Cold Brew Coffee with Whipped Milk (2.4g)
This drink consists of single-origin Colombian beans brewed in-store for 20 hours, served over ice, and topped with whipped milk. You don’t get to choose the milk with this drink. There are 2.4g of sugar in both the small and medium sizes.
24. In-Store Iced Cortado Made with Any Milk (0g-5.9g)
An in-store iced Cortado runs from 0g of sugar if made with soya milk and up to 5.9g of sugar if made with semi-skimmed milk. Even the take-out versions come in at below 10g of sugar.
Lower Sugar Hot Chocolates at Costa
In this section, we will look at the hot chocolates available at Costa Coffee. The classic hot chocolate at Costa contains more than 10g of sugar no matter what the size or milk used. Even a mini hot chocolate made with soya still contains 11.1g of sugar. A large hot chocolate made with semi-skimmed milk contains 48g of sugar.
25. Mini White Hot Chocolate Made With Soya Milk – 7.6g
The good news is that a mini white hot chocolate made with soya only contains 7.6g of sugar. This means you can have a mini cup of white creamy chocolatey goodness without going too crazy in the sugar department.
26. In-Store Small Ruby Hot Chocolate Made with Soya Milk – 9.3g
This pink Instagram hot chocolate is “a deliciously fruity, rose-colored hot chocolate made with Ruby cocoa beans, topped with light dairy swirl and red shimmer chocolate curls“. And it gets even better – a small in-store serving contains 9.3g of sugar.
Lower Sugar Refreshing Cold Drinks at Costa
If you are heading to Costa Coffee for an iced refreshing drink but want one with a lower sugar content then make sure to choose one of the following, all of which contain 7g-7.9g of sugar.
27. Small Lemon Ginger Iced Tea – 7.9g
Next time you are at Costa Coffee if you want a “tangy lemon iced tea with a twist of ginger zing” then rest assured that a small cup of this lemon ginger iced tea contains 7.9g of sugar.
28. Small Strawberry Mint Iced Tea – 7.5g
Is a summery drink with all the strawberry and mint flavors for you? A small strawberry mint iced tea clocks in at 7.5g of sugar.
29. Small Peach & Hibiscus Iced Tea – 7.6g
The peach & hibiscus iced tea is a slightly more unusual yet just as delicious flavor combination. A small cup contains 7.6g of sugar.
30. Small Take-Out Lemonade – 7g
Are you visiting Costa for a classic summer drink – an iced lemonade? The good news – a small cup contains 7g of sugar.
The above four iced drinks are delicious and refreshing yet don’t contain too much sugar. For comparison, a medium red summer fruits red cooler contains 47.5 grams of sugar.
Low Sugar and Zero Sugar Drinks at Costa Coffee – The Final Bite
Low sugar and zero sugar drinks at Costa Coffee. What did we learn from the above? Well, when it comes to lower sugar drinks Costa Coffee has a pretty great selection. There are plenty of drinks available that have 10g or less of sugar whether you are looking for hot chocolate, hot coffee, iced coffee, or a fruit refresher drink. In most cases, the lowest sugar version of each drink will be the one that is made with Soya milk as opposed to traditional dairy milk. Also, you need to know that the take-out sizes at Costa Coffee are bigger than the dine-in options. So, that means if you want to lower the sugar content even more always opt for the “dine-in” option. Just think, you can sit down and savor that coffee.
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