Can You Put Cream Cheese In Coffee? Answered

Many people like their coffee black, but most enjoy a little creamer or milk. While there are many milk alternatives, can you put cream cheese in coffee?

Can You Put Cream Cheese In Coffee
The cream cheese adds a nutty, nuanced flavor to the coffee

Sure, we all enjoy the aromatic and rich flavor of a good cup of black coffee, and flavored coffee is a fun way to shake things up in the morning. However, some people prefer to add milk, sweeteners, or coffee creamer to their cup of coffee since it is too bitter.

Dairy products help to cut through the bitterness of coffee, and some even offer a hint of sweetness. It is an excellent way to ease into the world of coffee if you are new to it, but even the most experienced coffee drinkers will occasionally add some milk.

Have you ever thought about putting cream cheese in your coffee? If you haven’t, then you may have been missing out! While cream cheese is probably the last thing on your mind, you might be surprised at how delicious it is.

The cream cheese adds a nutty, nuanced flavor to the coffee, taking it to a whole new level. It also makes the coffee creamier and more luscious by balancing the acidity. Of course, you must decide whether or not you like that flavor, but we think it is worth a shot!

The Origins Of Cream Cheese Coffee

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Cream cheese pairing with a coffee could have started in a Taiwanese cheese tea

Perhaps you’ve never heard of the cream cheese and coffee pairing, but where did it come from? Who was the first to try the combination, and how long has it been around?

Unfortunately, there is no documented origin story for putting cream cheese in coffee; thus, these are hard questions to answer. Many countries have tried this unique coffee beverage, and there is no clear explanation for how it became popular in the US.

It could have started with Taiwanese cheese tea, a popular new drink made with cheese, whipped cream, and salt. It is also possible that it was inspired by Kaffeost, a coffee cheese popular in Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, where it is regularly added to drinks.

Add in social media’s current influence and the continuous search for new novelty coffee beverages on sites like TikTok, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a cream cheese foam coffee!

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Why Put Cream Cheese In Your Coffee?

Many people prefer adding flavored creamers, milk, or sweeteners to their coffees. So, what makes someone put cream cheese in their coffee?

Putting cream cheese in your coffee improves its creaminess and makes it taste less bitter. In general, dairy products will cut through the bitterness, but cream cheese has a distinct, slightly tangy flavor that pairs nicely with black coffee without being too sweet or weakening the taste of your coffee.

Consider putting cream cheese in your cup of coffee if you want to suppress your appetite. Caffeine can suppress hunger in some people, and cream cheese is a great way to add extra protein and fat to your coffee, which can help to keep you full for longer.

How Does Cream Cheese In Coffee Taste?

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Cream cheese adds a creamy, smooth texture to the coffee

This may appear to be an unusual combination at first, and you may be hesitant to attempt it if you are uncertain of what to expect — but it tastes quite good. The cream cheese adds a creamy, smooth texture to the coffee, while the coffee itself has a powerful flavor that cuts through the cream cheese.

The bitterness and sweetness make the flavor of your coffee balanced, while the creaminess of the cream cheese makes it rich and thick. So, if you like texture in your drinks, you should try putting cream cheese in your coffee. 

If you want to try something new for your morning cup of Joe, try putting a spoonful of cream cheese and then stir it thoroughly until it dissolves. Start with a small amount and see how you like it; you can always add more cream cheese later!

How To Make Cream Cheese Foam Coffee

You can always try putting a small amount of cream cheese in your coffee. However, taking a few extra steps can result in a unique and delicious drink that will become your new favorite coffee drink!

Simply brew your favorite roast and chill it for a few hours to make iced coffee. When you’re ready to serve, pour it over ice. We also suggest adding sugar or any sweeteners to the coffee instead of adding it to the cream cheese foam.

Cheese Foam With Whipped Cream


  • Two oz. cream cheese
  • Three tablespoon whipping cream
  • Two tablespoon milk
  • One tablespoon sugar
  • Half a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt


Step 1: Mix The Sugar And Cheese

Put the sugar and cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Add The Milk

Put the milk and whipping cream in the mixing bowl. Beat until thick and frothy.

Step 3: Add The Salt

Gradually add the Himalayan sea salt.

Step 4: Serve

Serve right away and enjoy! 

Cheese Foam With Evaporated Milk

The first recipe is delicious, but I’m not a fan of the taste of whipping cream, so I came up with this one. The finished product tasted almost exactly like the cheese foam I had in some of my favorite coffee shops.

Most coffee shops use cheese foam powder to make their cheese foam toppings. 


  • A quarter cup of evaporated milk
  • One oz. cream cheese
  • One tablespoon of condensed milk
  • Half a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt


Step 1: Mix The Ingredients 

Mix the evaporated milk and condensed milk and freeze for 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 2: Whisk

You can start whisking when the sides of the mixture form crystallized layers.

Step 3: Add The Cheese

Put the cream cheese into the mixture.

Step 4: Beat The Mixture

Beat until the color and texture change into a cloud-like foam and when the volume doubles.

Step 5: Add Salt

Gradually add the Himalayan sea salt.

Step 6: Serve 

Serve right away and enjoy!

You might also find our milk frothing guide useful. 

FAQs About Putting Cream Cheese In Coffee

Is Cream Cheese In Coffee Bad For You? 

There is nothing wrong with a little cream cheese in your coffee now and then. However, since cream cheese is high in calories, you should drink it in moderation and as part of a healthy diet. Furthermore, having too much can result in weight gain or other side effects, especially if you are lactose intolerant.

Is Cream Cheese Coffee Better Hot Or Iced? 

Cream cheese foam can be added to hot or iced coffee, depending on your preference. However, if you want to put a small dollop of cream cheese in your regular cup of black coffee, do so while it is still hot because cream cheese does not dissolve well in iced coffee.

You might also be interested in our round-up of healthy alternatives for coffee creamer.


  • Aisling O'Connor

    Aisling is an Irish food and drinks writer and journalist fueled by coffee and herbal tea. She followed up her journalism degree with nutrition studies. Find Aisling on LinkedIn.