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What are the benefits of drinking coffee?

Coffee without milk or sugar contains virtually zero levels of fat, sugar and calories and also supplies fluid for your body. For more information on coffee, please see the links below.


BBC: Is coffee good or bad for me? 


The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC)

How many cups of coffee should I drink a day?

It is perfectly safe for the majority of people to drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day. It is recommended that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive stick to 200mg caffeine per day (1-2 cups coffee), Advice about moderate consumption is based on the average amount of caffeine in a normal cup of coffee. Caffeine content can change depending on the size of your drink and how strong you like it. Remember that caffeine is also found in other products such as tea, cola and chocolate.


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Does coffee dehydrate you?

No. In fact, coffee in moderate amounts can contribute to your daily intake of fluid. Getting enough fluid is important – the British Nutrition Foundation recommend a minimum of 1.5 – 2 litres of fluid a day (or 6-8 cups) for example of water, milk, fruit juice, tea or coffee.

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a mild stimulant which occurs naturally in coffee and a number of other plants, such as tea. While this property is often desirable, some people prefer the caffeine to be removed. This is done at the green bean stage, before the beans are roasted. The coffee that has caffeine removed is called decaffeinated coffee, or “decaf” for short.


View our range of decaf instant coffees.

How much caffeine is in coffee?

Caffeine is a natural compound found naturally in some plants including coffee. A cup of coffee contains less than 100mg of caffeine with instant soluble coffee containing less than filtered coffee. Moderate caffeine intakes (up to 400mg, 4-5 cups) of caffeine can be consumed by adults and no more than 200mg is the recommendation in pregnancy.

How much caffeine is in NESCAFÉ coffee? 

The caffeine content of your coffee depends on many factors, such as the type of coffee bean used, roast style, how the coffee is prepared and the serving size. If you have a specific question about the caffeine content in any of our NESCAFÉ coffee products, then please call us on 0800 58 57 59 in the UK or 00800 378 5385 in the ROI.

Does decaffeinated coffee still contain caffeine?

Yes, decaffeinated coffee can still contain small traces of caffeine. So, something to be aware of when buying decaf is that while the decaffeination process removes most of the caffeine from the beans, a very small amount of caffeine will remain. 

How does NESCAFÉ make decaf coffee? 

Our decaf coffees in the UK & Ireland are made with a process which uses water to dissolve the caffeine. In this process, the coffee beans are soaked for a time in hot water, which dissolves the caffeine and some of the flavour compounds. This liquid is then passed through activated carbon, which removes the caffeine.


The liquid (now minus most of the caffeine) is then re-integrated with the coffee beans to put back the flavour compounds which were removed along with the caffeine. The beans are then dried, ready for roasting in the traditional way.

What is the Swiss Water Process?

The Swiss Water Process is a water-based method for decaffeinating green, or unroasted, coffee beans. It uses a charcoal filter to remove the caffeine. The process was originally developed in Switzerland and later became a brand name owned by another company. 

Does NESCAFÉ used the Swiss Water Process for its decaf coffee?

We don’t use the Swiss Water Process as this is a method registered to another company. Instead we use our own gentle decaffeinating process using pure water to remove the caffeine from the coffee beans but still preserving the all-important flavour. 

Are NESCAFÉ GOLD Frothy Coffees suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, they all have this indicated on pack.


Find out more about the NESCAFÉ GOLD Frothy Coffee range here.

What type of oil is used in the NESCAFÉ GOLD Frothy Coffee range?

We use non-hydrogenated coconut oil and non-hydrogenated palm kernel oil.

Are NESCAFÉ GOLD Frothy Coffees suitable for vegans?

We have launched a range of dairy alternative lattes made using almond, oat or coconut.  Being a plant-based latte, the NESCAFÉ GOLD Dairy Alternative range is suitable for Vegans and certified by the Vegan Society.


Find out more about the NESCAFÉ GOLD Dairy Alternative range here.

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