Heavy Whipping Cream in Coffee - The Next Big Thing?

Updated on: February 15, 2023
Author: Nick
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Heavy Whipping Cream in Coffee

Is heavy whipping cream in coffee the newest trend for coffee lovers and why? Let's find out!

The other day, I saw my brother-in-law make a latte using heavy whipping cream. At first, I thought he made a mistake and grabbed the wrong carton but then realized that he's been doing this for quite a while.

He even swears by it...

Have I been living under a rock? Has this trend been around for a while? Does it even taste good?

We will discuss this and much more, including how to pair heavy whipping cream in coffee, what the difference is with other creams, and the best way to use it in your coffee.

What is Heavy Whipping Cream?

Heavy whipping cream is part of the milk that rises to the top. It has a higher fat content of between 36% - 40%.

Heavy whipping cream can also be called heavy cream and can be used in recipes such as chowder or it can be added to drinks, like coffee! 

Can You Put Heavy Whipping Cream in Coffee?

Heavy whipping cream can certainly be added to coffee. 

It makes it creamy and adds sweetness without sugar. It also creates a nice texture for a more substantial coffee drink. 

What Does Heavy Cream Taste Like in Coffee?

Heavy cream tastes creamier and adds sweetness to the coffee. It tones down the bitterness of the coffee to create a milkier coffee. 

Difference Between Heavy Whipping Cream And Whipping Cream

The difference between heavy whipping cream and whipping cream is the fat content.

Heavy whipping cream is the fattiest part and contains no less than 36% fat. 

Whipping cream has less fat, containing between 30-36% of fat. 

Regarding taste, whipping cream will be lighter but just as creamy.

Heavy Cream Versus Creamer

Creamer is a substitute for sweetening coffee without adding milk or cream. 

However, creamer will not taste as creamy as the real deal. Creamer is more suitable for those with certain dietary requirements, watching their calorie intake, or for convenience. 

It can be either a liquid or a powder which generally lasts longer than milk or cream. 

A lot of creamers are non-dairy meaning vegans or anyone who is lactose intolerant can use them. These can be made from almonds or oats for those with allergies or certain diets. 

Coffee creamers are usually made with water, sugar, and vegetable oil and are heavily processed. They can also contain certain additives and artificial flavorings.


While heavy whipping cream has around 43 grams of fat per 120g or half a cup, coffee creamer has around 7.9 grams.

Heavy cream has around 408 calories whereas creamer has around 118. 

Creamer may have less fat and calories but with its additives, it isn’t precisely healthier. 

How to Make Heavy Whipping Cream at Home

To make heavy whipping cream at home you will need:

  • 5 tbsps of butter

  • 2/3 of a cup of whole milk


  1. Melt your butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. 

  2. Reduce the heat to low and add your milk and stir until combined (about 1 minute). Don't let the mixture boil.

  3. And that’s it!
Heavy Whipping Cream at Home

You can also use the microwave instead of a saucepan but heat it up very slowly, only around 10 seconds at a time or it could curdle or burn. 

Why Add Heavy Whipping Cream to Your Coffee?

Adding heavy whipping cream to your coffee will make it taste creamier and sweeter. 

It is also good for those on a Keto diet because it is low in carbs and high in fat. 

The fat in the heavy whipping cream helps those on the Keto diet to digest fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E. 

Keto diets include ketosis, where the ketones (chemicals in your liver) convert the fat in your body into energy to help you lose weight.

How Much Heavy Cream Should You Put in Coffee?

The amount of heavy whipping cream you want to put in your coffee will depend on your taste. 

Start with a small amount and you can keep adding to taste. 

Ideally, 1 or 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream per 8 oz cup will do, otherwise, you'll be having coffee with your heavy cream! 

Tips For Adding Heavy Cream in Coffee

  • Sometimes adding heavy cream to hot coffee can cause it to curdle. This is because some coffees are more acidic than others. If that happens, it means you should be using less acidic coffee beans and brewing methods.

  • Heavy cream can be used as a creamer or a whipped cream topping, or both! So play around with it to see what tastes best. Just make sure you don't overdo it...
Heavy Whipping Cream Taste

When to Use Heavy Whipping Cream in Coffee

Use heavy cream in coffee when you want a treat. 

Because it contains a lot of fat, you don’t want to make a regular habit of adding it to your coffee. 

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing!

How to Store Heavy Whipping Cream

To store heavy cream, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it will usually last for 5 to 7 days. 

If you remove the whipping cream from your fridge to use it, you will be letting the temperature increase and the cream can collapse, so make sure to take the heavy cream out only when you need it and return it to the fridge as soon as you're done.

Is Heavy Cream Better Than Milk?

Heavy cream can be better than milk for creaminess which pairs especially well with coffee. 

But, it does contain a higher fat content so it should only be used as a treat whereas milk can be used more often.

Especially milk that isn’t whole milk and contains a lot less fat such as skim milk.

Another advantage of milk is that you can create the perfect microfoam for some beautiful latte art.

Unfortunately, with heavy cream, that's not possible...

Health Benefits of Heavy Whipping Cream

The health benefits of heavy cream may be surprising since it’s high in fat. 

Heavy cream contains protein, calcium, and Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Low-fat and skim milk don’t have as many vitamins. 

Heavy whipping cream may also reduce the risk of obesity. A study showed people who consumed the highest amount of full-fat dairy were less likely to be obese than those who consumed the lowest. [1]

Other health benefits include the reduced risk of developing diabetes. In a study of 3,300 people, those who had high levels of dairy fat were less likely to develop diabetes later in life compared to those with low levels of dairy fatty acids. [2] 

As heavy whipping cream contains calcium [3], it can help with bone health and growth, so sticks and stones won't break your bones!

Cons of Using Heavy Whip Cream

The cons of using heavy whipping cream may seem obvious because of its high-fat content.

Heavy cream, for instance, has saturated fat, which everyone knows is not good for your health. However, the latest studies have shown there is no clear link between an increase in the risk of heart disease. [4]

On the other hand, high saturated and trans fatty acids may increase the risk of dementia. [5]

Heavy Whipping Cream and Keto

Keto is a low-carb and high-fat content diet. It works by using fatty acids and ketone bodies for energy (this is called ketosis) instead of glucose. 

This helps to reduce insulin production in your body, which is also great for diabetics. [6]

Since keto is a high-fat diet, heavy cream can be used by keto dieters. It can be used in desserts, cooking, baked meals, and especially coffee. 

Heavy whipping cream known as HWC by the keto community [7] is used as a meal substitute and helps to bring variety to your meals. 

Will Heavy Whipping Cream Break a Fast?

Yes and no! Heavy whipping cream may not break a fast if you consume a small amount - which is 1 tablespoon. [8] 

The small number of net carbs in 1 tbsp of heavy cream will likely not spike your insulin level which means it should be fine to take during a fast. 

But, if you are on a fast for religious reasons then any food will break your fast. 

Can You Froth Heavy Whipping Cream?

Yes, you can froth heavy whipping cream! It's almost like you're making a traditional whipped cream that you find on top of hot chocolate or Starbucks drinks, but it's not as stiff.

Simply use a handheld frother, similar to the one below, to froth the heavy cream into a cloud of goodness! You can even add flavored syrups to it for extra oomph!

Is Heavy Cream Good For Weight Loss?

Heavy whipping cream in coffee is great for weight loss as long as you don't overdo it or if you're on a Keto diet. 

Heavy whipping cream has fat-dissolving nutrients which help you lose weight but it should still be taken in small amounts otherwise it’ll probably do the opposite. 

What better excuse to enjoy a cup of coffee topped with heavy cream than for weight loss?! Am I right?!

Is Heavy Whipping Cream Better For Lactose Intolerance?

Heavy whipping cream has little lactose compared to regular milk, so it should be fine for anyone who is lactose intolerant, as long as you're not severely intolerant.

If you are, then stay away my friend, because we know how messy it can get...

Lactose is a type of sugar that occurs naturally in dairy products. Usually, someone with lactose intolerance has a deficiency of lactase, the enzyme that helps break down lactose for the body to absorb. 

But, the good news, is those with manageable lactose intolerance can have heavy whipping cream in coffee. 

What’s The Nutritional Value of Heavy Whipping Cream in Coffee?

As we’ve noted before, heavy whipping cream is high in fat and has many vitamins. 

It also contains Niacin, Thiamin (B1), zinc, iron, potassium, and magnesium. 

All of these vitamins and minerals are good for various parts of your body. 

Niacin or Vitamin B-3 helps your body convert nutrients into energy, repairs DNA, and improves circulation. [9]

Thiamin or vitamin B1 helps with creating healthy nerves, muscles, and heart functions. It also helps your body convert food into fuel. [10]

Zinc helps with the creation of DNA, the growth of cells, the healing of damaged tissue, and the support of your immune system. [11]

Iron helps transport oxygen through your body [12], potassium helps maintain normal levels of fluid inside your cells to help with blood pressure [13], and magnesium helps muscle and nerve function. [14] 

Along with all these good Vitamins and Minerals, heavy whipping cream per 100ml (3.38 fl oz) contains:

  • Calories 340
  • Carbs 2.7g
    • Sugars 2.9g
  • Fat content 36.1g
    • Saturated fat 23.1g
  • Protein 2.8g

Starbucks Drinks That Have Whipping Cream

If you want to try whipping cream in coffee without the hassle of making it yourself at home, then Starbucks has a big selection.

You can also customize most drinks and add whipping cream to them. 

Caffè Mocha

A caffè mocha is made with espresso, mocha sauce, steamed milk, and topped with sweetened whipped cream.

For a Starbucks Tall cup:

  • Calories: 290 
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Caffeine: 95mg

Caramel Frappuccino

Coffee Cream

A caramel frappuccino includes ice, milk, coffee frappuccino syrup, whipped cream, coffee, caramel syrup, and whipped cream drizzled with caramel sauce. 

The coffee creates a bitter flavor while the caramel brings sweetness, and the milk balances it all together with creaminess to make the perfect Starbucks iced coffee drink.

For a Tall cup:

  • Calories for a tall: 260
  • Sugar: 37g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Caffeine: 60mg

Cinnamon Dolce Latte

The cinnamon dolce latte contains milk, espresso, cinnamon dolce syrup with whipped cream, and cinnamon dolce topping. 

This drink is like a hug in a mug!

The espresso brings the bitter undertone and the cinnamon offers a spiciness that warms your throat the whole way down. 

The addition of the heavy whipped cream makes this drink a creamy treat.

For a Tall cup:

  • Calories: 270
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Caffeine: 75mg

Java Chip Frappuccino

The java chip frappuccino is made with ice cubes, milk, coffee frappuccino syrup, coffee, mocha sauce, whipped cream, and frappuccino chips. 

This iced creamy drink has notes of bitterness from the coffee, sweetness from the sauce, and creaminess from the whipped cream. 

The frappuccino chips add a nice texture through the cream to create more of a dessert than a coffee drink. 

For a Tall cup:

  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 42g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Caffeine: 75mg

White Chocolate Mocha

The white chocolate mocha has milk, white chocolate mocha sauce, espresso, and whipped cream to top it all off. 

This sweet drink pairs well with whipped cream and is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. 

For a Tall cup:

  • Calories: 340
  • Sugar: 40g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Caffeine: 75mg

Coffee Drinks You Can Make With Heavy Cream

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is a type of iced coffee drink but its preparation method is the key difference.

Cold brew is made by steeping coarse ground coffee beans in cold or room temperature water for at least six hours, but more typically between 18 to 24 hours.

If it is brewed hot and then cooled, it is not a cold brew.

Once the cold brew concentrate has been created, it is then mixed with water and served with ice to create a cold coffee with a kick.

Finally, add heavy cream or sweetened cream, such as vanilla cold cream on top to create a sexy swirl in your drink!


A mocha contains espresso, chocolate and milk. 

Cream obviously goes well with cocoa powder, so adding heavy whipping cream on top of this is like having hot chocolate with a kick of caffeine. 

Espresso Con Panna

Espresso has a strong coffee taste, so it’s not surprising the drink espresso con panna exists. It is basically a shot of espresso with heavy whipped cream on top.

The whipped cream goes well to tone down the bitterness and add some creaminess. This drink sometimes has a dash of vanilla extract and some sugar.

Creamy Texture

Iced Coffee

An iced coffee topped with heavy whipping cream makes an almost dessert-like drink. 

Starbucks does this with its frappuccinos and they’re very popular indeed. 

You could add different flavors to your iced coffee or sprinkle toppings on the whipped cream such as chocolate syrup or java chips. 

Proper Coffee Etiquette

Bulletproof Coffee

A bulletproof coffee or butter coffee is used by keto dieters. It is made with coffee, unsalted butter, and triglyceride such as coconut oil. 

These are blended together to create a creamy latte-like drink. 

You can also add some whipped cream on top. After all, it is keto-approved!

Can You Use Heavy Whipping Cream in Tea?

Some would say never use heavy cream in tea...

Others say you can use it as it will sweeten your tea without adding sugar!

Just like adding heavy cream to coffee, it makes tea creamier, however, it doesn’t pair as well with tea as it does with coffee.

The only way to find out what side of the debate you’re on is to try it yourself. 

Alternatives to Heavy Whipping Cream


Using heavy cream isn’t a great idea every day, so using milk instead will generally have fewer calories although it won’t be as creamy. 

Half and Half

Half and half is pretty much half cream and half milk! It is a good way to avoid some of the calories but enjoy the creamy taste. 

It is lighter than heavy cream and thicker than milk which is a nice compromise. It contains around 10% fat so it’s not as fatty as heavy whipping cream. 

Non-dairy Milk

For those on particular diets, non-dairy milk such as almond milk and oat milk are a good alternative to add some creaminess to your coffee. 


You can also use coffee creamer which comes in powder or liquid forms. You can get nondairy, fat-free, sugar-free, or even flavored such as almond milk creamer. 

While coffee creamer does contain less fat and calories, remember it does have additives, and it isn’t as creamy as heavy cream.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put heavy whipping cream in coffee?

Yes! Try it and enjoy the added creaminess balancing the bitterness of your coffee.

Does heavy whipping cream curdle in hot coffee?

If your coffee has a low pH level (i.e. it is acidic) and is overly hot, it may curdle your cream. Let your coffee cool down slightly first and add small amounts.

Can you use heavy cream for coffee creamer?

Yes. Heavy cream is the OG of coffee creamer. It may even be healthier and it’s creamier.

What is coffee with heavy cream called?

Whipped coffee. Or you can just call it coffee with cream.

Heavy Whipping Cream Curdle

Bottom Line

Heavy whipping cream is a great addition to your coffee. However, don’t make a habit of it because of its high-fat content; around 36%. 

It creates a delicious creaminess that pairs well with the bitterness of coffee. 

You can make it at home or take a trip to Starbucks and order your favorite coffee drink with the help of heavy whipped cream on top. 

So, go ahead and enjoy a heavy whipping cream in coffee, but not too much!

Nick loves coffee... Actually, he NEEDS coffee! So, he has dedicated his time to learning all he can about this magical bean. He can make a mean latte, is obsessed with flat whites, and is always up for a cup of java!
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