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nescafé frequently asked questions


Answers to the questions we get asked the most about in the world of NESCAFÉ®.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where did coffee originate?
Coffee beans were discovered in Ethiopia, where they are still grown today.Legend has it that a goatherd named Kaldi realised that his goats became far more active and didn't want to sleep at night after eating the berries of a certain bush. That was the start of the long history of coffee, with the first use of coffee as a drink being recorded in Yemen, in the 15th century. Since then, coffee has spread to various other regions in the world - with NESCAFÉ coffee beans coming from Africa, South America, and Asia.
How many types of coffee beans are there?
There are 4 types of coffee beans: Arabica, Robusto, Excelsa and Liberica. All four have radically different taste profiles. NESCAFÉ uses a careful blend of two types of beans – Arabica, which makes a smoother, sweeter coffee, and Robusta, which brews into an intense, bold coffee, with a higher caffeine content.
What is a coffee bean?
A coffee bean is the seed of the coffee plant. It's the part that gets roasted, brewed, and ground into the coffee granules you use every day. Often referred to as a cherry, it is the pip inside the red or purple fruit of the coffee plant.
Where do coffee beans grow?
NESCAFÉ carefully blends together Robusta and Arabica beans to create our signature instant coffee granules. The Arabica beans we use are grown in Latin America and Eastern Africa. The Robusta beans (as well as their close relative, the Conillon) we use require different growing conditions, and are farmed in South East Asia, and Western Africa. Conillon specifically grows in Brazil.
How is freeze dried coffee made?
Freeze-dried coffee is made by brewing ground coffee beans with water, evaporating some as much of the water as possible to leave behind a coffee extract, which is then frozen and broken up into soluble instant coffee granules.
How do we make instant coffee?
Making instant coffee granules from coffee beans is a long process with four main parts – harvesting the beans, drying them, roasting them, and milling them.
Is NESCAFÉ instant coffee real coffee?
NESCAFÉ® instant coffee granules are made from 100% pure coffee. The only thing added throughout the process is plain water, which is then mostly removed toward the end of the process.
How much coffee do you use for instant coffee?
We’d recommend 1 teaspoon (3 grams) of NESCAFÉ® instant coffee, but you might prefer it a different level of intensity. Experiment and find your perfect taste!
How to make instant coffee taste better?
You can add your favourite sweetener – whether it’s sugar, or a flavoured syrup. Milk will also help to cut the intensity and boldness of the coffee. It’s all about finding your personal taste, so experiment with what you like to find your flavour.
How do you make coffee more creamy?
Making your favourite NESCAFÉ deliciously creamy and smooth more is as simple as adding milk, creamer, or milk powder. A little bit goes a long way so try a all three options to find your perfect combination.
Is iced coffee just cold coffee?
Yes, precisely! The only difference is that iced coffee is made directly with cold water, instead of boiling your kettle first. While the ingredients are the same as a normal cup of coffee (coffee granules and water), you can add ice cubes, chilled milk, or whipped cream to flavour it with your personal style. It’s not the same as making a hot cup of NESCAFÉ and letting it cool – it’s about getting ice-cold refreshment from your favourite NESCAFÉ.
How to make froth in the iced coffee?
There are many ways to make froth for coffee, iced or hot. Use a whisk, an electric mixer, a coffee plunger, or a frothing machine to get your milk frothy and velvety. Note: Dairy milk froths better than plant-based alternatives.
What flavours make the best iced coffee?
Coffee is a versatile drink that works well with lots of different flavours. A good place to start would be with hazelnut, chocolate, or toffee flavours.
How do you make the best homemade coffee?
With NESCAFÉ it is pretty easy. Simply boil water, add this to 2tsp coffee granules, stir and enjoy. With your favourite NESCAFÉ coffee, you could also explore any of our simple recipes. Give it a try and taste for yourself.
What are good coffee based drinks to make at home?
There are so many coffee recipes to try. We’ve put together some of our favourites – like a Caramel Latte and even a Roasted Almond Coffee - give them all a try and find out which one is your favourite.
What should I put in my coffee?
It’s all about personal taste. If you like your coffee sweeter, add some sugar or flavoured syrup. You can add milk, or a plant-based alternative like oat milk to soften the bold flavours slightly. Experiment with your favourite flavours and find out what works best for you.
How do you make a coffee drink like a barista?
The base of any baristas coffee is a shot of espresso made with grounded whole beans. For an Americano, they simply add hot water to that shot of Espresso. With NESCAFÉ you are able to be a barista at home because we have done the hard work for you.
How many coffee types exist?
There are over 30 combinations of coffee types in the world - from Cappuccino's to a Café Au Lait. From this, there are thousands of unique recipes to make these coffee types your own, with new recipes being invented all the time. Give them all a try and find out which one is your favourite.
Which coffee type has the strongest taste?
The strongest type of coffee is freshly brewed espresso. It forms the base for most coffee drinks, and is easily enjoyed with added milk, but can be enjoyed by itself if you like strong, bold, intense coffee flavours.
Which coffee type has the weakest taste?
A latte is generally considered the least intense coffee. Made with freshly brewed espresso, the taste is then made less intense because of the volume of milk added, which makes it sweeter tasting and with a more mellow taste.
Which coffee has the most milk?
A café latte has the biggest milk-to-coffee ratio, with 1/3rd being espresso and the remaining 2/3rd consisting of milk. The cappuccino is closely behind which contains equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and milk foam (in a ratio of 1:1:1).
Which are the most popular coffee drinks?
The cappuccino, the latte, and the espresso shot are probably the most popular types – or at least, the most well-known. But there’s a lot more variety to be discovered and enjoyed. A café Au Lait takes it's inspiration from a latte but is made with brewed coffee whereas a lungo is similar to an espresso but comes in a larger volume.