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Coffee-Mate logo.png
Product typeCoffee whitener
CountryUnited States United Kingdom
IntroducedFebruary 2, 1961; 58 years ago (1961-02-02)[1]
3 packs of French Vanilla and Hazelnut Coffee-Mate

Coffee-Mate is a coffee whitener lactose-free creamer manufactured by Nestlé, available in powdered, liquid and concentrated liquid forms. It was introduced in 1961 by Carnation.[1]


The original product was introduced in February 1961,[1] 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 flavours, 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 one or two varieties depending on the country with no added flavours.[2] The European version of Coffee-Mate is manufactured without the use of hydrogenated fat, which is linked to heart disease.[3]


Coffee-Mate Original is mostly made up of three ingredients: corn syrup solids, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and sodium caseinate. Sodium caseinate, a form of casein, is a milk derivative; however, this is a required ingredient in non-dairy creamers,[4] which are considered non-dairy due to the lack of lactose. This makes Coffee-Mate non-vegan (but still vegetarian), due to the sodium caseinate being derived from milk.[5] Coffee-Mate Original also contains small amounts of dipotassium phosphate, to prevent coagulation; mono- and diglycerides, used as an emulsifier; sodium aluminosilicate, an anticaking agent; artificial flavor; and annatto color.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Coffee-Mate (PDF),, November 7, 1967, retrieved July 8, 2018
  2. ^ "Coffee-mate". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ World Health Organization Disease-specific recommendations
  4. ^ "Commercial Item Description: Creamer, Non-Dairy, Dry" (PDF). Agricultural Marketing Service. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Are Casein-Containing Foods Right for Vegetarians and Vegans?". The Spruce Eats. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  6. ^ "Original Coffee Creamer - Powdered". Coffee-mate®. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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