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What do you get when you take two or more types of coffee beans and put them together? A coffee blend! By combining different types of beans as well as adding flavours, a coffee professional can give coffee a more complex taste with intricate aromas.

Coffee beans, whether Arabica or Robusta, can have very different tastes if they are from different regions. Some beans may have a good level of acidity but lack aroma, body or colour. A blend may be made of up of two or ten different types of beans in varying quantities in order to get a balanced blend.

Roasting is also an important part of blending, as beans can be heavily roasted to bring out a stronger flavour or lightly roasted for a milder taste.


Coffee blends are often accentuated with flavours or other non-coffee ingredients. Coffee beans can be roasted with flavours such as vanilla or hazelnut causing the beans to take on a subtle hint of those ingredients.

Another way to blend in flavours is to add them during the brewing process. This is something even amateur coffee enthusiasts can do from home. You might experiment with adding spices such as nutmeg or adding different amounts of milk.


Coffee cuppers are coffee professionals who source and blend coffee beans to create unique and delicious coffee experiences.

Cuppers are well versed in the types of green coffee beans from around the world and have developed palates that can readily distinguish coffee characteristics such as acidity, flavour, body, aroma and aftertaste.

To evaluate their blends, cuppers use the coffee cupping method also known as coffee tasting. This is a complicated process which includes testing both green and roasted samples during and after the brewing process. The time when the coffee is too hot to drink is the best time to test the aroma. A cupper also tastes coffee at different temperatures to experience the full range of flavours.


Because coffee tastes around the world are so varied, it only makes sense that NESCAFÉ® blends vary from country to country. We pride ourselves in catering to local tastes which can differ widely by region. In the Philippines, for instance, NESCAFÉ® launched the Brown ‘N Creamy® variant, which contains muscovado (brown sugar) to cater to the Filipino palate. In Vietnam, NESCAFÉ® CAFÉ VIET® carries the uniquely strong and bold taste that Vietnamese love. In Mexico, NESCAFÉ® Caffe de Olla® is a unique coffee mix with cinnamon and piloncillo (panela). And South Africans adore the fresh percolated taste and rich aroma of NESCAFÉ® RICOFFY® which is made from coffee beans, chicory and glucose.

So if you find yourself in another part of the world, why not check out the unique coffee blends that NESCAFÉ® offers in that area. You might just find a new favourite blend!