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Product typeInstant coffee
IntroducedApril 1, 1938; 86 years ago (April 1, 1938)
TaglineIt all starts with a Nescafé.

Nescafé is a brand of instant coffee made by the Vevey-based company Nestlé. It comes in many different forms. The name is a portmanteau of the words "Nestlé" and "café".[1] Nestlé first introduced their flagship coffee brand in Switzerland on April 1, 1938.[1]


Nestlé began developing a coffee brand in 1930, at the initiative of the Brazilian government, to help to preserve the substantial surplus of the annual Brazilian coffee harvest. Max Morgenthaler led the development project. Nestlé introduced the new product under the brand name "Nescafé" on April 1, 1938.[1] Nescafé is a soluble powdered coffee that became an American staple during World War II.[2]

In 1965, Nestlé introduced a freeze-dried coffee brand called "Nescafé Gold" in Europe.[1]

In 1966, Nestlé developed a freeze-dried coffee brand under the name Taster's Choice.[2]


In the United States, Nestlé used the Nescafé name on its products until the late 1960s. Later, Nestlé introduced a new brand in Canada and the US called Taster's Choice, which supplanted Nescafé for many[vague] years. The company continues to sell Taster's Choice as a separate product, branded as superior to Nescafé and higher priced.[citation needed]

"Any time is coffee time with Nescafé", 1948 advertisement

In the United Kingdom, a television advertisement campaign, the Gold Blend couple starring Anthony Head and Sharon Maughan ran in 12 instalments between 1987 and 1993.[3] The first 11 episodes were released as a promotional compilation video called Love Over Gold in 1993. A novelisation of the same name written by Susan Moody (under the pseudonym Susannah James) was released in the same year.[4] The legendary boxer Chris Eubank and soccer star Ian Wright featured separately in television ads in the late 1990s and 2000s.

In 2003, the company reintroduced the Nescafé brand in Canada and the US, and the product is now known as Nescafé Taster's Choice. It is sold in North American supermarkets in both glass and plastic packaging.

While the Nescafé brand was created for soluble coffee, it has subsequently been used as an umbrella brand on a number of instant coffee products, including, in the UK, Gold Blend and Blend 37 freeze-dried coffees.

Old Nescafé tin
"Dolce Gusto" capsules

In 2006, Nescafé launched the new coffee machine system "Dolce Gusto" ("sweet taste" in Italian). The system allows consumers to make various styles of coffees themselves (cappuccino, latte macchiato, espresso, lungo, etc.). Additionally, hot chocolate and cold drinks can be prepared with the machine. The machines are now sold in more than 60 countries. Unlike other Nescafé products, most Dolce Gusto beverages use roasted and ground coffee beans, instead of instant coffee.

In the UK in August 2009, Nescafé unveiled a £43 million ad campaign for Nescafé, focusing on the purity of its coffee and featuring the strapline "Coffee at its brightest".[5]

Nescafé was ranked 153rd among India's most trusted brands according to the Brand Trust Report 2012, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory. In the Brand Trust Report 2013, Nescafé was ranked 230th among India's most trusted brands and subsequently, according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, Nescafé was ranked 209th among India's most trusted brands.[6] Nestle India has branded instant coffee as Nescafe Classic and the 70:30 mix of instant coffee and chicory as Sunrise.[7] In Australia and New Zealand, the original instant coffee is branded "Blend 43", originally to differentiate product made locally from imported beans, from the imported version.[8][9]

In Pakistan, Nescafe launched an annual music show based on the same theme as of Coke Studio, named Nescafé Basement.


In February 2005, the Associated Press reported Nestlé lost a lawsuit and was ordered to pay US$15.6 million to Russell Christoff for using an image of him without his permission on their Taster's Choice label for approximately five years (1998–2003).[10] The $15.6 million judgment was subsequently reversed in its entirety by the California Court of Appeal.[11] On October 31, 2007, the California Supreme Court, with a vote of 6–0, granted review. On August 17, 2009, the court reversed the judgment (opinion S155242) and remanded the case to the trial court to consider whether the ad campaign covered a "single publication", which would have prevented Christoff from suing because the statute of limitations would have lapsed, or multiple publications.[12]

Influence in the world[edit]

A Boeing 737-200 of AeroGal in a red "Nescafé" livery promotion
  • In 1981, an advertising commercial of a train was made, the musical theme was "La Colegiala" composed by Rodolfo Aicardi.[13]
  • Due to the enormous popularity of Nescafé, during the Second World War, "all the production of the American plant was reserved only for the use of the military".[citation needed]
  • In Ecuador, a Boeing 737-200 from the AeroGal company was painted red to promote the brand.
  • In Chile, since 2009 the brand has sponsored and helped to restore a well-known Chilean theater that was in decline, making it the first Nescafé theater in the world and naming it the Nescafé Theater of the Arts. In previous years, the brand was sponsoring different stars of Canal 13, such as Esta Noche Fiesta and Tuesday 13, the 123 Nescafé competition and was for some time the sponsor of different campaigns of the Chilean Telethon, returning as sponsor to the campaign in 2011. In turn, its variant Nescafé Dolca was sponsor of Una Vez Más of Canal 13.
  • In the Philippines, an advertising commercial was released in 2020 with their newest jingle and slogan, "Babangon tayo, susulong tayo" ("We will rise, we will advance").[citation needed]
  • English rock band Muse successfully sued Nescafé in 2003 when their song "Feeling Good" was used in a television ad without permission, and donated the £500,000 compensation to Oxfam.[14]

See also[edit]

  • Nespresso, another brand of coffee made by Nestlé


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  2. ^ a b Smith, Andrew (January 31, 2013). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. OUP USA. ISBN 9780199734962. Archived from the original on November 13, 2023. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Vera, Betsy (April 1, 2001). "Gold Blend/Taster's Choice". Archived from the original on June 18, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "Susan Moody". Contemporary Writers. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2010. Susan Moody is also the author of the romantic fiction title Love Over Gold (1993, writing as Susannah James) inspired by a television advertising campaign
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (August 31, 2009). "Nescafé launches £43m ad push". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "India's Most Trusted Brands 2014". Trust Research Advisory. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Chicory notification may not hit HLL, Nestle — 'PFA rule amendment only minor'". Archived from the original on May 5, 2005. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "NESCAFÉ BLEND 43 Coffee Can 1kg x 6". Nestlé Professional. Archived from the original on April 2, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Nescafe Blend 43 Review | Instant coffee". CHOICE. Archived from the original on September 4, 2022. Retrieved September 4, 2022.
  10. ^ CBS News Article $15.6M Award For Coffee 'Mug' Archived August 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine February 2, 2005.
  11. ^ (Christoff v. Nestlé USA, Inc. (July 24, 2007, B182880) __ Cal.Rptr.3d __ [2007 WL 2111013].
  12. ^ "Christoff v. Nestlé USA - 47 Cal. 4th 468, 213 P.3d 132, 97 Cal. Rptr. 3d 798 S155242 - Mon, 08/17/2009 | California Supreme Court Resources". Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  13. ^ Sweeney, Philip (July 8, 1992). "If it sounds familiar . . .: Philip Sweeney on the links between roots music and advertising". The Independent. Archived from the original on November 26, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2023.
  14. ^ "NME article". NME. 2003. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2008.

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