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Coffee Mate logo.svg
Product typeCoffee whitener
CountryUnited States
IntroducedFebruary 2, 1961; 59 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]


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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


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 as well as 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.[5] The European version of Coffee-mate is manufactured without the use of hydrogenated fat, which is linked to heart disease.[6]


A Tea-mate variety for whitening tea was also introduced in the UK in a glass jar as well as in other countries in sachets. In the UK the variety was subsequently discontinued owing to poor sales performance. In other locations the product remains available.[7]

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