8 Sugar Alternatives for Coffee You Didn’t Know Existed by Coffee Life, an EspressoWorks blog

There are many reasons why people are looking to replace sugar in their diets these days — particularly for their health. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to experiment with the flavor of your coffee, we’ve rounded up a list of 8 sugar alternatives for coffee you didn’t know existed.

While you might be familiar with some of the more common artificial sweeteners, such as Stevia and others that you might find at a coffee shop or in the aisles of a grocery store, there are so many other options for you to change up the taste of your coffee.

Why pick a sugar alternative for your coffee?

Before we dive into our list of sugar alternatives you didn’t know existed, perhaps you want to know why you should switch from adding sugar to your coffee. Sugar can be harmful to one’s health for several reasons — it can cause weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, weight gain, and premature aging. 

While you might be health-conscious enough to avoid candy, soda, and other sugary foods, sugar can actually be found in more foods than you might know. It’s added to foods such as salad dressings and other condiments, sauces, bread, nut butters and other foods that are commonly part of people’s diets.

Your coffee has so many benefits, like keeping you alert and your concentration focused, as well as protecting again degenerative brain disease and lowering the risk of heart disease. By adding excessive sugar, you might be lowering those benefits. 

Here, we’ve rounded up some other sugar alternatives for coffee you didn’t know existed — and while some of these sweeteners might not be the healthiest, they are helpful in helping you wean off of sugar. With all sweeteners, stick to modest serving sizes.

1. Honey

Honey will not only naturally sweeten your coffee but it has its own health benefits such as being heart-healthy and having anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. You don’t need a lot of honey to change up the taste of your coffee. 

2. Maple Syrup

Turns out, maple syrup isn’t just delicious on your pancakes; it also will add a yummy taste to your coffee. Opt for a maple syrup that isn’t high in fructose corn syrup, to keep it on the healthier side.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a sweet spice that will perk up the flavor of your coffee. You can stir it into your hot or iced coffee for a delicious taste. If you’re brewing your coffee at home, you can scoop a few spoons full into the coffee grounds. It is recommended to use 1 tablespoon of cinnamon for every 4 tablespoons of grounds that you use. You can also use it by just sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on top of your coffee. For other ways to spice up your coffee’s flavor, you can also try nutmeg or cardamom in the same way.

4. Cocoa Powder

Adding unsweetened cocoa to your coffee will add subtle warm, tasty notes of flavor to your coffee. Cacao also has been shown to have antioxidants to boost your health. It can be stirred into your coffee drink or into the grounds before you brew them

5. Sea Salt

Although it might not make the most sense to use salt as a sweetener, adding sea salt to your coffee could enhance the natural sweetness of your coffee. The reason you feel the need to add sugar to your coffee is often because of the bitterness and adding just a pinch of salt to your coffee grounds, or to your pot of coffee, will bring out the sweet taste of your coffee. Just make sure you don’t use too much, or your coffee will be salty.

6. Butter

Yes, butter is definitely one of the sugar alternatives you didn’t know existed! You might love using butter in your cooking, however, it’s also a delicious alternative to add some flavor to your coffee. Additionally, adding a healthy fat like grass-fed butter will help you to feel full and energize you in the morning.

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a healthy fat that can be added to your coffee; and just like butter, it will help to increase your energy and will fill you up without going over on your calories. Coconut oil will also add natural creaminess to your coffee when you use a hand blender to blend it into your coffee. A tablespoon of coconut oil is all you need, and it will also help to curb your cravings, especially when it comes to sugar.

8. Vanilla Extract

Extracts are a delicious way to naturally sweeten up the taste of your coffee. Sugar-free extracts of pure vanilla, almond, or hazelnut are all-natural tasty alternatives for coffee. All you need are a few drops into your coffee cup — iced or hot — and you’ll get to indulge in these exciting flavors.


We hope this list has inspired you to go out and try out all of the sugar alternatives that you didn’t know existed! A whole new world of coffee flavor awaits.