Can You Put Heavy Whipping Cream in Coffee?

six ways of adding heavy cream to coffee

Coffee is very versatile in terms of flavor and as an ingredient and it pairs wonderfully with various add-ons such as milk, ice cream, and spices including cinnamon and cardamom.

There are countless ways to enrich your coffee whether your goal is to start liking coffee or to try new ways to enjoy your coffee. Heavy whipping cream is common in numerous keto recipes due to its high-fat low-carb content.

Let’s discuss six amazing ways you can put heavy whipping cream in coffee and the difference between heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, and double cream. We also look at how to froth heavy cream.

Can you put heavy whipping cream in coffee?

Yes, adding a dash of heavy whipping cream to coffee makes a delicious and creamy drink. You can also froth or whip the cream before adding it to coffee. Heavy whipping cream is rich in fats that improve the flavor and texture of coffee drinks.

Heavy whipping cream has over 35 percent fat content. The higher the fat content, the easier it whips and the whipped cream lasts longer before melting.

6 Amazing Ways of Adding Heavy Whipping Cream to Coffee

Heavy cream as a milk substitute in coffee provides more options to enrich your coffee than milk. You can add heavy whipped cream to coffee in its liquid form or after whipping.

Here are six ways you can put heavy whipped cream in coffee:

  1. Heat the heavy cream and add it to hot coffee without frothing
  2. Add chilled heavy cream to iced coffee for a cold creamy coffee
  3. Froth the heavy cream (hot or cold) and add it to coffee
  4. Whip the heavy cream and add two scoops to a shot of espresso for a rich and creamier flavor. Heavy cream is not sweet as it contains very little lactose. Most people prefer adding vanilla for sweetness when whipping. Whipped cream melts fast in hot coffee as the air bubbles break down and milk fats disperse causing the whipped cream to be runny. Espresso with cream is called espresso creme
  5. Whip the cream and use it as a topping on any coffee drink (hot coffee, iced coffee, or frappes
  6. Use heavy cream to make delicious sweet cream at home for your coffee

Tip: Heavy whipping cream whips much better when cold.

iced coffee topped with whipped cream

Is Heavy Whipping Cream the Same as Heavy Cream?

Yes, heavy whipping cream is the same as heavy cream and has at least 35 percent milk fat content. Regular whipping cream has about 30 percent fat content whereas double cream has about 48 percent.

The higher the fat content the easier the cream whips and the longer the whipped cream retains its stability. Therefore, regular whipping cream melts faster than heavy cream.

Can You Froth Heavy Cream for Coffee?

Yes, you can froth heavy cream to add it to your coffee. Heavy cream usually takes longer for the foam to integrate uniformly into the cream’s body but it will eventually froth. Adding cold milk or water in equal parts will make heavy cream less viscous and easier to froth.

Similarly, you can steam heavy cream the same way you steam milk but with a slight adjustment to your steaming technique: allow more air when steaming heavy cream by holding the wand at a high position longer than you normally do with milk.

Once you have created enough foam in the heavy cream, immerse the wand a little further into the cream and continue steaming to the desired temperature.

Read about the different types of frothers and steamers here.

How Much Heavy Cream Should You Put in Coffee?

Heavy cream is very thick and you need just a splash of it in your coffee. A good starting point would be to add fewer ounces of heavy cream than the ounces of milk or creamer that you usually add to your coffee.

Fortunately, a full cup of heavy cream will not have any adverse health effects unless your doctor has advised you to stay away from high-fat foods and drinks. So try different amounts of heavy cream in coffee and see what you like the best.

Does Heavy Cream Curdle in Coffee?

Heavy cream can curdle in coffee due to various reasons: adding chilled heavy cream to very hot coffee, adding warm cream to very cold coffee, or very acidic coffee.

Our article about chunky creamer details how to prevent curdling.

Is Heavy Cream Better than Coffee Creamer?

Heavy creamer contains no added sugar, unlike most coffee creamers that have artificial sweeteners and thickeners such as cornstarch.

Heavy cream is packed with essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. It also provides Vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as Choline – an essential nutrient that supports vital body functions such as metabolism, cell maintenance, DNA synthesis, and the functioning of the nervous system.

Heavy cream is also approved for keto as the high-fat content with no added sugar can aid in weight loss.

However, heavy cream contains lactose, although in much smaller quantities than milk, which can be harmful to people with lactose intolerance. Heavy cream is also high in saturated fat which may contribute to heart disorder.

Unsweetened non-dairy creamers that are made from nuts such as almonds, coconut, and oats are healthier than heavy cream.

Does Heavy Cream Make You Gain Weight?

Heavy cream contains more than five times the calories in whole milk. An 8 oz cup of heavy cream contains about 820 calories as compared to 150 calories in an 8 oz cup of whole milk.

The fats in heavy cream are mostly saturated fats that are linked to accelerated weight gain and heart disorder.

However, in moderation and as part of a healthy diet, heavy cream will not make you add weight. It is important that you know the total number of calories that you are consuming and their sources to determine how much heavy cream to consume.

You do not want to use heavy cream with a diet that is high in fats as fats contain at least twice the calories in carbs and proteins.

MedlinePlus states that we should limit the calories we get from fats to 25-30% of our daily calories and that saturated fats should not be more than 10 percent of the daily calories.

Reducing saturated fats to less than seven percent of the total daily calories significantly reduces the risk of heart disease (as cited in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020).

How Do You Stop Putting Cream in Coffee?

Here are five tips to help you stop putting cream in coffee:

  • Swap heavy cream with a healthier but creamy alternative such as evaporated milk which has much fewer fats and calories
  • Gradually scale down the amount of cream you use until finally all that is left is to enjoy your coffee black
  • Mix the cream with healthier alternatives such as low-fat milk, evaporated milk, or unsweetened almond milk, and gradually reduce the amount of cream that you add until only the nut milk is left to add to your coffee
  • Quality coffee. Buy high-quality coffee beans that are fresh and make quality coffee that is flavorful and does not need cream or milk to soften the taste
  • Replace cream with Salt. Salt neutralizes the sour taste in coffee and makes the coffee soft enough for your taste buds

Wrap up

Heavy whipped cream pairs well with coffee and is a preferred choice for people on the keto diet. You can add heavy cream to coffee as a frothed cream, liquid cream, or after whipping. Heavy cream is rich in fats, vitamins, minerals (calcium and phosphorus), and choline.

Consuming large amounts of heavy cream can lead to weight gain as the cream contains fats that are rich in calories. The saturated fats in heavy cream can also cause heart disorders.

Limiting our daily intake of saturated fats to less than 7 percent of the total daily calories significantly reduces the risk of heart disorder. Do you know that you use heavy whipping cream to make your own half-and-half?


Patrick is first a coffee lover and then a trained barista. His bucket list includes sky diving and sipping on Java in the Himalayas.

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