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Coffee-Mate can last up to two years with no refrigeration and can stay fresh for two weeks once it is opened. The product is popular in offices where refrigeration may not be available.
Coffee-Mate's strong sweet flavor in US versions cover up the taste of coffee that is bad or over-brewed. One of the benefits of non-dairy creamer is that it is good for those individuals who are lactose-intolerant.
The original product was introduced in 1961, and followed by Coffee-Mate Lite and Coffee-Mate Liquid in 1989.
In the US, where the product is manufactured by Nestlé in Glendale, California, the product is available in liquid, liquid concentrate and powdered forms. American Coffee-Mate comes in over 25 different flavors, including gingerbread, Parisian almond creme, and peppermint mocha. Discontinued varieties include Coffee-mate Soy and Coffee-mate Half & Half.
In Europe, it is only available in powder form as a coffee creamer in 1 or 2 varieties depending on the country with no added flavors. The European version of Coffee-mate is manufactured without the use of hydrogenated fat, which is linked to heart disease.
Coffee-mate Original contains:
- corn syrup solids
- vegetable oil (including partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil)
- sodium caseinate
- dipotassium phosphate
- mono- and diglycerides
- sodium aluminosilicate
- artificial flavor
- annatto color
- "What the heck is COFFEE-MATE, anyway?". Organic Authority. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
- Nestle UK
- World Health Organization Disease-specific recommendations