Coffee Syrup – How Much to use, where to buy & does it expire?

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If you are using coffee syrup in your coffee, then this is the article for you.

When using syrup, there’s a fine line between not tasting it at all and making the drink just too sweet to drink.

In this article, we give you the answers to key questions, so you can make those all-important decisions, when making your favourite flavoured coffee, such as:

  • How much syrup to put in a coffee?
  • Can you put chocolate syrup in Coffee?
  • Where to buy flavoured syrups for coffee
  • Do coffee Syrups ever expire – Opened & Unopened?

Let’s dive right in.

It’s always best to use a smaller amount of syrup and add more later

How much syrup do you put in a coffee?

Generally, 2 tablespoons of coffee syrup for a regular flavoured drink is a good place to start.


One of the most common questions, is indeed “how much should you add to your drink?”.

The final answer to this question depends very much on how sweet you want your coffee to be.

So, here’s a simple example for a vanilla drink:

A regular vanilla late usually takes 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup.

You can buy Vanilla syrup from most supermarkets and most online retail stores,  Adams+Russell also offers a sugar free version.

If you think 2 tablespoons sounds like too much, you can reduce it to 1 tablespoon for your first attempt.

It’s always better to use less and add more later, than it is to make a whole new drink because you put too much in.

On the other hand, if you like your drinks sweeter than most, you may want to add 2.5-3 tablespoons.

How much Monin flavouring to put in coffee…

You should treat Monin coffee syrup the same as most other general coffee flavourings – and use approximately the same amount.

Using a portion pump is often the best choice for getting just the right amount.

Can you put chocolate syrup in coffee?

The short answer is yes, you can put chocolate syrup in coffee. However, it’s not the only way to create a chocolate flavoured coffee (or ‘Mocha’ as the correct technical term would be).

Some people and coffee shops alike, might prefer to use chocolate powder to create a mocha.

When using chocolate powder, it’s important to mix it with hot water first so that all the powder disintegrates fully. You don’t want to be getting powder round your mouth when drinking a fresh cup of coffee – even more so if you’re giving it to a customer.

We have found the best way is to use a chocolate sauce, which can be bought in white chocolate flavour or standard chocolate flavour.

Where to buy flavoured syrups for coffee

Flavoured syrups can be found in most online stores and offline food retail stores.

Some specialist producers will sell direct to consumers but others will only sell in wholesale batches.

For example, DaVinci, is one of the best brands – they sell direct to Adams+Russell and we sell to both food service, chains and consumers alike.

It’s therefore important to shop around if you want the best price and best flavours.

You can browse the range of coffee syrups available at Adams + Russell below.

Where to buy sugar free coffee syrup

Sugar Free coffee syrups are also available at most food retail stores. However, it’s likely there will be less choice of flavours when choosing to buy sugar free.

Click here to see our full sugar free range

Coffee syrups usually last between 12-36 months when unopened

Do coffee syrups ever expire?

When unopened, syrups usually last between 12 and 36 months depending on their bottle, storage conditions and even flavours.

For example, a glass bottle would last longer than a plastic bottle. They also must be stored correctly, especially after opening

What about after opening?

Store your syrup products in a dry clean location at normal room temperature, that is between 18-27⁰C.

If stored correctly (as above), the shelf life after opening and with the cap on will be 3-6 months.

The shelf life when using a pump or pour spout will be slightly shorter at 1-2 months. (Product and pump must not be exposed to any moisture.)

Shelf life after opening does vary depending on storage conditions and whether a pump is used.

It’s important to avoid storing in humid areas or places which are exposed to direct heat and/or sunlight.

If using pumps, make sure to use the pump capp or cover pumps with foil overnight to prevent mold from entering through pump opening.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. LeCase COFFEE

    Thanks for sharing an insightful article. A lot of information about coffee syrup.

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