The story of NESCAFÉ® coffee begins in Vevey, a small town in Switzerland, where a pharmacist named Henri Nestlé was searching for a healthy, economical alternative to breastfeeding for mothers who could not feed their infants at the breast.
In 1866, his solution was ready. He called it Farine Lactee Henri Nestlé, and it soon became popular in much of Europe. It was the birth of one of the world’s favourite food brands.
The Nestlé Company soon expanded into chocolate and other food products, but it wasn’t until 1930 that they put their expertise into coffee.
That year, the Brazilian Coffee Institute approached Nestlé with an exciting challenge: develop a new coffee product that would help Brazil reduce its large coffee surplus.
Eight years of painstaking research eventually produced a soluble powder that revolutionised coffee-drinking habits worldwide. In April 1938, NESCAFÉ® was launched. The name came from the combination of Nestlé and café.
NESCAFÉ® became an instant success. Over the years, continuous innovations have extended the NESCAFÉ® range and consistently high quality has made it a favourite of many generations all around the world.