Brown Sugar in Coffee – Is Brown Sugar healthy?

You have seen brown sugar lying around in the kitchen but haven’t tried it with your cup of coffee yet?

Brown sugar in coffee taste fantastic and I enjoy sipping my coffee after stirring some brown sugar in it.

I will explain in this article why you should also do the same. I will also compare it with other sweetening alternatives and share the health benefits of using it.

What is brown sugar?

The source of natural sugar is primarily either sugarcane or beetroot. Either of them can be used as a source of sucrose and to produce commercially available sugar.

Natural brown sugar is produced by retaining molasses (black byproduct obtained on refining of sugar) in a controlled manner during sugar production. Brown sugar is thus white sugar with some molasses in it. Due to the presence of natural molasses, it contains unique characteristic flavor to it.

Brown sugar is used around the world as it adds a dark sweetness to baked goods. It is used in home cooking as well, including sweet preparation and other desserts.

A huge consumer of brown sugar is the Indian sub-continent where it is used in the preparation of tea(chai) and other savories.

Types of Brown Sugar

Raw Sugar: The natural, unrefined sucrose crystal obtained from sugarcane extract are what we call raw sugar. They are rich in flavor and have a large amount of molasses. I would personally not prefer them with my coffee since they may outweigh my coffee flavor.

Brown Sugar in Coffee

Dark Brown Sugar: This has a little lesser molasses as compared to its raw counterpart. This is generally used for specific recipes that require earthy, molasses-y flavor.

Light Brown Sugar: This is the white refined sugar with some addition of controlled molasses. I like to enjoy this version of brown sugar since it imparts a natural flavor without affecting the coffee punch.

Is Brown Sugar healthy?

Brown sugar is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The minerals are mostly derived from the addition of molasses in the production of brown sugar. Brown sugar contains 15% of the Daily Value for iron. These minerals are required and recommended for a healthy individual.

Some people argue over brown sugar as simply a clever marketing trick or buyers illusion, however, research has already proven the presence of these minerals which are completely absent in its white refined form.

In my usage, I have found it to be healthier and besides it has its characteristic flavor which gives it a healthier perspective.

White Sugar vs Brown Sugar

You definitely would have seen white sugar in your kitchen before and might have also used it for various dessert preparations. White sugar is a household commodity nowadays however health experts have unanimously rejected it due to numerous health issues that may arise on exceeding its consumption.

Brown sugar is being considered as a healthier option to using a refined one. As per nutritional value, one hundred grams of brown sugar contains 377 Calories, as opposed to 387 calories in white sugar. There is a minor difference in terms of calories but we need to also consider that brown sugar is rich in various minerals which are not present in white sugar.

In terms of monetary aspects, brown sugar is generally priced on a higher side as compared to white sugar.

White sugar also lacks any extra flavor apart from being sweet, brown sugar, however, has an earthy, molasses-y flavor which is why it is gaining popularity and usage in preparation for certain types of sweets and desert.

If you want to substitute you can in most cases do so as both the form of sugar has a similar degree of sweetness in it.  

How does coffee with brown sugar taste?

Most people or coffee connoisseur like to have their coffee brewed with some hot water and ground coffee. This is an ideal form of coffee and you may not like it owing to its bitterness. To overcame that you may add some sugar to it.

I like to enjoy my coffee without sugar but often add a half teaspoon of brown sugar in it. In my opinion, it enhances the flavor and makes it more of an energy drink.

Without sugar, a cup of coffee has only about 2 calories but adding sugar can make it to around 20 odd calories. This is the only reason I would suggest not to add a lot of sugar in your coffee.

In the end, its a personal choice, both white and brown are a form of sugar and though there is some mineral content still they are too slim to cover up the harms it can do.

If you are adding any sugar to your coffee, you can give brown sugar a try.

Alternatives to sugar

There are a lot of sweeteners available and you can use any of them in your coffee. I would recommend trying them out since you may like the presence of one over the other.

Maple Syrup: You have enjoyed maple syrup with your pancakes but have you ever given it a shot with your coffee? If not I would suggest you try it out. The nutty caramelly flavor can boost your coffee punch to another level and might even make you addicted to it.

Cane Molasses: This is a syrup-based sweetener derived from sugarcane. It is a lot dark and rich in taste almost comparable to honey. If you are adding it to your coffee make sure to measure it properly as an excess of it may add a lot of sweetness to your cup.

Honey: This natural sweetener is often health fanatic’s first choice when it comes to sweetening agents. You might already have tasted it in some coffee shops before. I also have enjoyed using it with my various coffee preparations and would recommend anyone over other forms of sugar. If you are still hesitant using it please give it a try and you would not regret.

Coconut Sugar: It is a type of sugar that is made from the sap of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar is rich in iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, as well as few antioxidants.

It is similar to regular sugar and has the same degree of sweetness. If you want you can use this as a substitute, however, it’s not a healthier option as it imparts the same amount of calories as the regular sugar.

Stevia: This is a natural herb and a less popular form of sugar. Stevia is a lot sweeter and very low in calories compared to regular sugar but its medical side effect are still being studied.

Its botanical name is Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. Stevia sweeteners can be found in departmental stores, or even grown in your own garden.

Some people choose one form of sugar over another for various health or nutrition reasons. Any added benefit from the extra molasses in either brown or raw sugar is pretty negligible, considering the small amounts added to your drinks.


If you have not tried brown sugar with your coffee yet I would highly suggest using it, after all only when you try you’ll get to know if you like it or not.

When you add sugar to your coffee make sure you add it as little as possible, this is just so that you overcome the bitterness and to not add up to your health.With less sugar in your cup, you can also enjoy the coffee flavor and not the sugar syrup.

I’m not a big fan of using sugar and honestly would want you to give up as well. The harm it can do is not worth the taste it provides. You can, however, enjoy it occasionally in a controlled manner as I do 🙂

I hope I was able to put a clear picture of using brown sugar in your coffee along with its merits and demerits. If you like this article you can read my similar articles below. 

Thanks for reading.

Happy Brewing 🙂

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