Picking the right sweetener for your coffee can take a little experimentation so I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of just about every way to sweeten your morning cup of Joe along with my personal favorite.

Some people just prefer simple table sugar but there are a lot more choices out there that can both add a different taste and aroma to your favorite coffee along with making it healthier.

The first section of this post will go over the different types of sugar that you can add to your coffee.

The second part will go over all of the natural sweeteners you can use; including my personal favorite for more than a year now.

The last section goes over the popular artificial sweeteners that you can use even though I personally recommend going with one of the natural sweeteners if you’re trying to count calories or watch your blood sugar.


What sweetener to use for the perfect cup of coffee?

Raw Sugar

Raw sugar is the most “pure” sugar you can find. It has undergone the least amount of processing and still contains the molasses which give it a darker color.

Using raw sugar in your coffee will give it a slightly richer taste from the molasses naturally present in sugar but still won’t significantly alter the taste of your coffee.

White Sugar

White sugar is the most popular sweetener you’ll see people use in their coffee and there is a good reason for this:

It doesn’t really alter the taste of your coffee at all; it only makes it sweeter.

White sugar differs from raw sugar in that all of the molasses have been removed during processing and it is often a finer grain than raw sugar or brown sugar.

Powdered Sugar

You’ll rarely see powdered sugar offered in a coffee shop simply because it’s too messy to use at the counter.

It’s basically just white sugar. The only difference is that the grain is so fine the sugar has been reduced to a powder.

However, it still is a good way to sweeten your coffee without altering its taste.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is similar to raw sugar in that it contains the molasses from the original sugar.

The only difference is that the molasses were originally removed from the sugar during the processing but were then added back again at a later date.

Use brown sugar to add a slightly richer taste to your coffee along with a some sweetness.

Natural Sweeteners:

What sweetener to use for the perfect cup of coffee?


Cinnamon is my favorite way to add a little flavor to my coffee.

I sprinkle some into my morning cup almost every day. The only times I skip it are when I’m trying a new coffee and want to taste it black to get a better feel for it.

Cinnamon doesn’t add as much sweetness as straight sugar but it gives a certain spicy zing and the aroma is fantastic.

There are also numerous health benefits to cinnamon ranging from controlling blood sugar to reducing inflammation in the body.


Nutmeg is another good alternative to sugar if you want a little more spice in your morning cup.

Like cinnamon it won’t be as sweet but it will give a particular spice to coffee that you can experiment with.

On top of that it’s also a great source of manganese.

Don’t put too much at first, though, because it can be overpowering.


Honey is a great way to add a lot of sweetness to your coffee along with some extra health benefits.

Even though it contains lots of sugar it doesn’t cause the same spikes in blood sugar that sugar alone will do.

On top of that it’s been proven to have many antimicrobial properties to help protect your body from harmful bacteria or fungi.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is another all natural sweetener that packs plenty of sweetness in a healthier fashion.What sweetener to use for the perfect cup of coffee?

It adds a distinctively maple flavor to your coffee that can be very addictive.

Give it a try and see what you think. A lot of people like it better than honey as the Earthy flavor compliments the coffee better.


Molasses are a byproduct of the creation of white sugar.

They’re removed from the raw sugar and if you’re eating brown sugar it is added back in again.

Molasses add a rich and syrupy flavor to your coffee and are best paired with darker roasts.

Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder can add a little spice to your coffee but to be honest it’s not one of my favorite sweeteners to add.

If you want to be healthy you should go with the unsweetened version as the sweetened varieties are the same as just adding regular sugar into your coffee.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is a very spicy way to add some flavor to your coffee.

It gives a unique flavor that can be very addicting.

Just make sure to only add a drop or two as it’s very potent.


Stevia is a zero calorie sweetener but it is indeed all natural.

It’s derived from the Stevia plant in South America and is actually three hundred times sweeter than sugar but is indigestible by your body making it calorie free.

Some people love it while others say it leaves the same strange aftertaste in your mouth that is left by artificial sweeteners.

Ultimately, you’ll have to be the judge and decide for yourself.

Ice Cream

I’m not sure if ice cream really counts as all natural but it still makes an awesome treat on a hot summer’s day; especially vanilla flavor.

Instead of whipping up a root beer float try throwing a scoop of ice cream into your afternoon coffee instead.

You might find yourself hooked.


That’s right; salt.

It won’t actually add any sweetness to your coffee but it will help to reduce the bitterness which can have a similar effect.

Be sure you only use a really really tiny pinch though or it will kill the taste of the coffee quickly.

Artificial Sweeteners:

Artificial sweeteners always stir up a lot of controversy about whether they are really any better for you than just eating raw sugar and I don’t think the debate will end any time soon.

Here are the three big ones below:What sweetener to use for the perfect cup of coffee?

  • Equal (aspartame)
  • Sweet’N Low (saccharin)
  • Splenda (sucralose)

Some people feel they leave a funny aftertaste in your mouth while others think they taste fine so it’s really up to you to decide.


With all of the choices available to sweeten your coffee it may take some time to decide exactly which one you like best.

Just experiment and over time you’ll find a few favorites that you can stick with to get that perfect cup of coffee.