How Much Creamer Should You Put in Coffee? Answer


The answer to the question of how much creamer you should put in coffee can vary from person to person and finding the perfect balance can depend on your personal preference.

coffee creamer
coffee creamer

However, we recommend a tablespoon of creamer or two as a starting point for a serving size of an 8-ounce cup of coffee.

This might be the right amount of creamer for you, or you might prefer more or less. But it’s a good general rule of thumb to begin with.

Why Use Coffee Creamer?

There are a variety of reasons you might choose to use coffee creamer in your morning coffee or any time of day. But it all comes down to your personal preference and the desired flavor of your coffee.

If your taste buds feel like your coffee is too bitter, adding coffee creamer will tend to give it a richer flavor and creamy texture.

Adding flavored creamer will also alter the flavor of the coffee and can make it more palatable. Regardless of your situation, the goal is to create the perfect cup of coffee just for you.  

Kinds of Creamer

Let’s take a look at the many different types of creamers. Coffee creamers will fall under one of two basic categories.

They are either liquid creamer or powder form.

pouring creamer
pouring creamer

Liquid Coffee Creamer

Liquid coffee creamers are any form of coffee creamer that’s a pourable liquid. Some of these can be purchased in the refrigerator section at the grocery store while others are stored on grocery store shelves and are not refrigerated.

Chances are regardless of where the creamer is stored at the grocery store, you’ll want to store it in the refrigerator after it’s opened.

Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is the richest form of cream and is also known as heavy whipping cream to make real whipped cream. Using it in your morning cup of Joe makes your coffee wonderfully creamy. It has the highest fat content.

pouring oat milk as creamer
pouring oat milk as creamer

Whole Milk

Whole milk is the type of milk that is the creamiest and works well as a liquid coffee creamer. It’s found in grocery store refrigerators and has the highest fat content of milk.

Light Cream

Light cream can include products light half and half, meaning that it’s made of half cream and half milk. It is a lighter version that’s lower in fat compared to heavy cream.

Skim Milk

Skim milk is the lowest of fat as far as milk products are concerned. If you are self-conscience about calorie intake, this option might be for you. You can use it as a coffee creamer just as you would for any creamer. It works well at the same ratio.

Non-Dairy Creamers

Non-dairy creamers are popular among those who can’t tolerate lactose or dairy products due to dietary restrictions, allergies, or by choice. Here are some non-dairy options for coffee creamer.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is as it sounds. It’s derived from coconuts and made into a milk type product that has the consistency and coloration of milk. It works well in coffee.

Soy Milk

Soy milk, made from soy is a good non-dairy solution to give your coffee more of a creamy flavor. It makes a good coffee creamer.

man pouring coffee creamer
man pouring coffee creamer

Almond Milk

The meat of almonds can be ground and processed to create a milky substance. If you appreciate the somewhat nutty flavor of almond milk, you can use it as a coffee creamer.

Oat Milk

Oat milk is a favorite non-dairy coffee creamer because it doesn’t curdle. Use it in the same ratio as you would any other creamer.

Powdered Creamers

Powdered creamers tend to be shelf stable and can be purchased from non-refrigerated grocery store shelves. They can also be stored at room temperature even after they’re opened.

Powdered creamers are sometimes manufactured as flavored creamer. If you like to alter the flavor of your coffee, these products might be for you.

And coffee creamer manufacturers haven’t forgotten those who have sugar dietary restrictions. Just watch for sugar-free creamers on grocery store shelves.

How to Tell if Coffee Creamer Has Gone Bad?

There are several ways you can know if your coffee creamer has gone bad.

Room Temperature. If the coffee creamer is of the liquid form and has sat at room temperature for longer than 2 hours, if the room temperature is between 40F degrees and 90F degrees, then the coffee creamer has gone bad.

coffee creamer
coffee creamer

If the room temperature is higher than 90F degrees, and it has sat out for more than 1 hour, the coffee creamer has gone bad.

Expiration Date. If the coffee creamer has exceeded its expiration date by several days or if it has a bad smell, discoloration, or strange taste, your creamer has gone bad and should be thrown away.

To maximize a longer shelf life for your creamer, it’s best to keep it stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to how much creamer should you put in coffee. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to respond.

What is the ratio of milk to creamer?

You can use milk as a substitute for coffee creamer as a one-to-one ratio. It gives a creamy flavor that’s much like using coffee creamer.

How much creamer for 8 oz of coffee?

We recommend using 1 -2 tablespoons of creamer for an 8-ounce cup of coffee. However, you can add more or less, depending on your personal preference.

man pouring coffee creamer
man pouring coffee creamer

Should you add creamer to coffee?

Yes, adding creamer to coffee is a tradition practiced by many coffee lovers. If you prefer more of a creamy flavor and less of the bitter aspect that goes along with black coffee, then adding creamer is something you’ll probably appreciate.

How do you add coffee creamer to coffee?

To add coffee creamer to coffee, simply measure the desired amount and then add it to your cup of hot coffee. Give it a gentle stir to mix it thoroughly.

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