Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn’t even on grocery shelves in Australia?

Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn’t even on grocery shelves in Australia?

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  1. What is creamer? Yes I know that it is used in coffee and tea, but what exactly is it.
    I use low fat milk in coffee/tea. Anything with the word ‘cream’ in it is a turn off.
    Added: I did my own research: Coffee creamers are made from dairy free products. It is actually a combination of vegetable oil, sugar and water. (No good if you don’t like sweetened coffee, but I suspect Americans like sweeter foods than Australians. For instance, ketchup is sweeter than the Australian version, which we call tomato sauce, I’m told.) When fresh milk was not available for coffee and tea, powdered milk used to be used in Australia. Milk powder is made in the dairy by drying liquid milk.

  2. If by “creamer” you are referring to the white powder added to coffee to give it a more cream like consistency, there is a product called “coffee mate” made by nestle that is readily available at most supermarkets however, Australians are fairly sanctimonious when compared to the Americans especially when it comes to the issue of what you add to your coffee. All of the extra shit added to coffee is frowned upon and considered a deviation from the purity and joy of coffee drinking much like the Germans view the making of good beer.

  3. Hmmm… a bunch of old answers to this question from last June. Not sure why you decided to dredge it up again.
    Australians drink coffee with milk – mostly cows’ milk, though some use soy, or almond milk.
    Our coffee culture is very serious, especially in Victoria but really over much of the country these days. It has mainly developed over the past 60 years or so. It’s derived more from Italian coffee culture than anything else – espresso, cappuccino, cafe latte, each made to a fairly specific ratio of coffee to milk, so many shots., etc. Baristas are trained carefully – lousy coffee will lose customers, fast.
    And you lot sent us… Starbucks!
    Retch – awful stuff, though apparently these days Starbucks in Australia is learning to make coffee in the Australian way. I tried a couple of times when they first arrived, as I expected it to be special, great coffee, after seeing it mentioned on US TV shows. Nope.
    The last Starbucks coffee I had, a few years ago, was called “Iced Coffee” (it was a hot summer day). I got some lousy milky coffee with a bunch of ice cubes! That is NOT an iced coffee in Australia.

    Creamer, as others have mentioned, is available in Australia, probably not called that though. Some people have referred to “CoffeeMate”, by Nestle – I’ve tried that, it’s awful muck that ruins perfectly good coffee.
    I sound like a coffee snob – I’m not, you ought to ask any of my four adult kids, who are far more eloquent on good and lousy coffee than I am, as are most younger Aussies. At home, if I can’t be bothered starting up the coffee machine, some instant coffee with real milk will do, no sugar. My kids think I’m a philistine 🙂

  4. A2A
    question: Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn’t even on grocery shelves in Australia?
    Drinking coffee in Australia is serious, don’t try to sell us a Starbucks coffee, we tried that and dismissed it outright.
    To use cream in coffee is tantamount to being unAustralian!
    In fact, many prefer their coffee with skim milk. almond or soy….

  5. Because in Australia we prefer and have access to fresh, natural product and generally reject synthetic and dehydrated crap.
    “Creamer” can be found in Australian supermarkets, but you may have to search for it, as it ain’t in high demand. If you can’t find something labeled “Creamer”, look for “Coffee Whitener” or “Nestle;s Coffee Mate”.


  6. I live in the US, and I do not like creamer, coffee should be black.
    Many Americans, unfortunately like fake food, Miracle Whip, Margarine, and American cheese slices comes to mind.

  7. The closest I can imagine being what you refer to is what’s described in this Wikipedia entry…

    Even when drinking instant coffee, Australians tend to drink our coffee either black or with milk. Few of us add cream, some of us use soy, almond, or rice “milk”, & very few of us use the products described above. Probably most Australians would rather use powdered milk (which can actually be convenient in situations lacking refrigeration to keep milk).
    One brand of non-dairy creamer is available, Nestlé Coffee-mate…

    Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn't even on grocery shelves in Australia?

    … is stocked by all major supermarkets. That says to me that enough people buy it to justify their stocking it. For USA expats living in Australia there is a specialty outlet carrying a greater range…

    Many lines appear to be out of stock. I won’t be competing for what they do have available.

  8. I’ve never been to Australia, but I wonder if there is some legal ramification.
    I grew up in dairy country and remember when I was young it was illegal to sell margarine, non-dairy creamers, all of the strange milks made from plants, etc.
    The laws began to change when I was very young, but the habits stayed for long after. You still didn’t see any margarine or non-dairy creamer in restaurants when I was there in the early 2000s because it was still thought to be “illegal” . However, I could find no reference to any such law that was newer than the 1960s when I just looked online, except one from Wisconsin that says butter must be offered if a restaurant offers margarine.

    Victor Allen’s

  9. In Australia, if we drink white coffee, we use milk – sometimes cream is used. I’ve heard of creamer, but don’t know what it consists of.

  10. Um why would we use creamer instead of milk, Claire?
    Milk has a variety of uses from just drinking it to using it in a variety of beverages. I used to use milk to make scrambled eggs but have a reaction to eggs now and eggs were a favorite of mine. Running out of milk is a “disaster” here for most households.
    Those on an animal product free diet may find it useful.
    I work in a small dairy factory and we make full cream, a milk with a higher fat content, lite, skim and lactose free in the white milk. A large amount of our white milk goes to coffee shops in Sydney, Melbourne and other places as well as local.
    Milk here is part of the staple diet for most and supermarkets put it at the back of the store so you have to walk past other products to get it. Sneaky eh.
    Creamer is just not a thing here.

  11. The lousy taste of creamer compliments the lousy taste of American coffee (Starbucks???? Yetch!!!) We Aussies like a good coffee that taste of real coffee!

  12. Creamer for coffee (or anything else) has just never been a ‘thing’ in Australia. Australians put milk in their coffee, if that is their preference. If they wanted creamier coffee, they would use…….you guessed it, cream. Not that that is really a thing either. Bottom line is that there is no demand for coffee creamer in Australia, so it has never been brought to market.
    As far as I’m aware, this is also the case throughout most of Europe. Definitely in the UK. It might seem weird to Americans, but actually, in a global sense, actually using coffee creamer is unusual.
    Some American hotel chains will have it, because they know their customers want it, but it simply wouldn’t sell here even if you tried.


  13. A2A Not being Australian, and my Aussie friend only drinks Pepsi, I have no clue.
    I noticed that many posters from Australia mentioned CoffeMate which even here in the States has less than stellar reputation. The only benefit CoffeeMate has is that the powdered form will last virtually indefinitely. For someone who likes milk or cream in their coffee, but otherwise doesn’t use dairy, the powdered stuff is the cheapest alternative. Otherwise milk or cream may spoil before the container is used up.
    I apologize that Starbucks has infiltrated your shores, many of us stateside think it is overpriced burnt sugary swill.
    I would prefer using real dairy heavy cream in my coffee, but even drinking a couple of cups of coffee a day, a half pint goes bad before I can finish it. I use the refrigerated liquid creamers, fat free, sugar free, and a small bottle lasts months without spoiling. Cheaper and easier than real dairy.

  14. For the same reason that spray on cheese isn’t available. We are not bloody idiots.
    We have plenty of fresh milk available but if we are desperate then we use UHT milk.

  15. Good for Australia. Creamer is popular in the U.S. because it’s convenient. It does not have to be refrigerated, and people can help themselves to a teaspoon or so any time and anywhere. Having said that, it appears to be nasty stuff—highly processed and completely artificial.

  16. US answer. Beats me, I never use the stuff. I drink coffee with two tablespoons of half and half and sugar. I fight to buy half and half for condo functions, since they “already have creamer”. Tastes awful.

  17. Probably because Australians prefer espresso coffees with stretched (steamed) milk, rather than filter coffee with milk added.
    Maybe too, Australians prefer natural milk rather than processed?
    But you can buy CoffeeMate, which is a powdered milk creamer, from larger supermarkets.

  18. You eat what you’re sold I guess.
    In fact we do have the stuff here. It is called powdered milk. Full cream or skim.

    Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn't even on grocery shelves in Australia?

    It was used across Australia as milk in the days and places of no refrigeration. And it was all that was available through the depression and the second world war and later for those families with few means. It thus has an association with poverty and desperation. Fresh milk being fresh is thusly marketed and the rest is history. No doubt “creamer” tastes better in coffee than dome powdered milk but the act of adding powder when the fresh real stuff is right there in the fridge or in the UHT carton seems kind of dumb. I always have powdered milk on hand just in case I run out of the other and it’s just fine as milk for breakfast cereal. You just whisk a lot up with cold water and there you are

  19. Because Muricans love the most un-natural, processed and fattiest possible ingredients available to human kind.
    They could not understand fresh unadulterated produce if it smacked them in the face!
    Look at the average Murican person

    Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn't even on grocery shelves in Australia?

    Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn't even on grocery shelves in Australia?

    and compare it to the average Australian person.

    Why is creamer so popular in the US but isn't even on grocery shelves in Australia?

    ‘nuff said!

  20. Generally speaking, people in the US eat a lot more processed food than in Australia. So here people tend to buy fresh. I have seen a number of common processed foods from the US and Europe completely fail in Australia, simply because Australians won’t buy them.

  21. Three reasons:
    Australians prefer NATURAL foods
    Most Australians avoid “pseudo foods” like “creamer”
    Australians are apparently weaned much earlier than Americans so many of us drink our coffee black.

    Eight O’Clock

  22. Old A2A, look in Dairy section of supermarket, thickened cream or pouring cream.
    Also in dry goods, condensed milk/cream, evaporated…
    There is also a milk/cream product in a tube (like tooth paste) always had to fight my bothers for it.


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  24. I wonder whether it’s to do with how transcontinental journeys evolved and many people were travelling coast to coast in the US before widespread refrigeration. You’d get on a train at New York and while supplies could be easily brought on board until about St Louis, after that it was a long distance until you could get fresh stuff. milk would go off, so they developed Coffee Mate and its kin.
    However, Australia is even emptier and hotter, so I’m interested that the problem didn’t exist there. Maybe it did but Australians just took their coffee black.

  25. It’s available here in, but isn’t as popular as in the US. When I spent two weeks visiting my brother in the US, back in 2017, I discovered that Americans have a different tastle for coffee . . . and seem to settle for rather inferior brews.

  26. Real coffee drinkers in Australia abhor creamer. If you must put something in coffee, most Australians use milk and sugar, rather than some artificial “cream”.
    Australians are very serious about coffee. A word of advice – don’t buy a coffee from a barista in Australia and ask for creamer. They are likely to be VERY offended. They will see it as spoiling their coffee. You aren’t buying a flavoured drink. You are buying an experience.


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