Coffee With Evaporated Milk

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Need an alternative to creamer for your daily coffee drink, try coffee with evaporated milk. This shelf stable alternative to milk is a great way to add a touch of creaminess to your coffee.

Cup of coffee with bowl of sugar and cream.


Have you ever made a hot pot of coffee only to realize you are out of milk or creamer? Check your pantry for a can of evaporated milk.

Coffee with evaporated milk is a great alternative for your regular coffee creamer. Coffee with sweetened condensed milk is another great alternative if you like your coffee a little sweeter.

What is evaporated milk?

Evaporated milk is made with fresh milk that has been heated so that 60% of the water evaporates. Once the water evaporates, the milk is homogenized, canned, and then sterilized. The great thing about evaporated milk is that it is has a long shelf life and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

The main differences between evaporated milk and condensed milk is that condensed milk has a thicker consistency and added sugar.

Why this drink recipe works

  • Evaporated milk is a good substitute to milk or heavy cream. Since it’s shelf stable, it lasts for a long time.
  • A wonderful, budget friendly coffee creamer substitute.

Ingredients needed

Evaporated milk – You can usually find evaporated milk packaged in a can in the baking aisle.

Coffee – Brew your favorite black coffee or instant coffee. This also works with tea.

Optional – Sweetener like sugar, or sugar alternative.

Can of evaporated milk, bowl of sugar, brewed coffee.

How to make coffee with evaporated milk

This recipe can be prepared to suit your taste. I recommend adding as much evaporated milk as you would usually with creamer or milk.

Step one: Pour hot, brewed coffee into a mug.

Coffee pouring into a mug.

Step two: Carefully pour evaporated milk into the coffee. Stir until combined.

Milk pouring into mug of coffee.

Step three: This last step is optional. If you have a little sweet tooth, add in your favorite sweetener like sugar.

Mug of coffee with spoon of sugar.

Recipe tips

  • Evaporated milk can also be used to make hot chocolate.
  • This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of evaporated milk but you can easily adjust the amount to suit your taste.
  • Want to a little extra sweetness? Try adding a flavored syrup or maple syrup to the coffee.
  • Store any leftover evaporated milk in an airtight container or jar with a lid in the refrigerator.

Iced coffee with evaporated milk

You can also easily make this with iced coffee.

Step one: Make coffee, let it completely cool and then store in the refrigerator to chill.

Step two: Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour cold coffee into glass leaving a little room for the evaporated milk. Pour in desired amount of evaporated milk and sweetener then stir to combine.

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Did you try this creamy coffee drink? Let me know in the comments below.

Cup of coffee with bowl of sugar and cream.
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Coffee With Evaporated Milk

By Heather
How to make black coffee with evaporated milk.
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 8 ounce brewed coffee
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk or to taste


  • 1 teaspoon sweetener or to taste


  • Pour hot, brewed coffee into a mug.
  • Stir in evaporated milk.
  • If adding sweetener, stir in until combined.
  • Serve coffee hot.



Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 137mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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  1. My Grandma Used to always use Pet Milk in her coffee and when she made milk gravy for chicken or pork chops- brown some flour about 1-2 T, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and about a half can of Pet milk with equal amount of water in your frying pan you’ve browned your chops in use the leftover pan drippings to brown the flour. Stir while it heats and thickens. Good eating on Mashed potatoes or biscuits.