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Maxwell House vs Nescafé Gold: What Is the Difference?

    When it comes to coffee brands, there are plenty to choose from, and many offering a vast range of coffee for every type of coffee drinker. However, not all have managed to gain such international fame as Maxwell House and Nescafe. We are going to compare all of the coffees available with Maxwell House and specifically, Nescafé Gold. Before deciding which is the best brand, let’s begin with their humble beginnings.

    Maxwell House and Nescafé Gold Brand History

    Maxwell House History

    Maxwell House began when American Joel Cheek met Roger Nolley Smith, a British coffee broker. Thanks to Smith’s ability to identify the origin of a coffee just by smelling the green beans, the two were able to create an incredible blend. In 1892, Cheek took the blend to Maxwell House Hotel with a free sample. Once the free sample had been used, customers complained about the original coffee the hotel used. The hotel bought the exclusive rights to the coffee and so the name was taken from the hotel. Today, Maxwell House is owned by Kraft Foods.

    Nescafé Gold History

    Nescafé is a combination of Nestle and café. Nestle was formed in 1905 when 2 English brothers merged companies with two Swiss brothers. When the Brazilian government began the imitative of preserving the surplus of Brazilian coffee harvest in 1930, Nestle began to develop coffee, with Nescafe being introduced in 1938. Nescafé was so popular during the Second World War that the production in American plants was only for the military. Europeans have been enjoying Nescafé Gold since 1965.

    Side by Side Comparison

    Name
    Maxwell House House Blend Medium Roast K-Cup Coffee Pods (84 ct Box)
    Nescafe Gold Rich & Smooth Keurig Kcup Coffee Pods Crafted with Arabica Beans, 12 capsules {Imported from Canada}
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    Maxwell House House Blend Medium Roast K-Cup Coffee Pods (84 ct Box)
    Nescafe Gold Rich & Smooth Keurig Kcup Coffee Pods Crafted with Arabica Beans, 12 capsules {Imported from Canada}
    Capsules
    K-Cups- Original Roast, Decaf 100% Arabica, Master Blend Light, House Blend Medium, Breakfast Blend, Breakfast Blend Light, French Roast
    K-Cups- Medium Roast and Dark Roast
    Specialty Coffees
    Vanilla Caramel, French Vanilla, Orange, Hazelnut, Vanilla Bean Latte, French Vanilla Iced Latte
    Latte, Skinny Latte, Toffee Nut Latte, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Latte, Double Choc Mocha, Irish Latte, Cappuccino
    Ground Coffee
    Original Roast Medium, Master Blend, Master Blend Light, Dark Roast, 100% Columbian, French Roast Dark, Morning Boost Medium. Instant- Original Roast, Cappuccino, Café Francais,
    Original, Espresso 100%, Columbia, Medium Roast, Dark Roast, Espresso, Espresso Intense Aroma, Organic
    Decaffeinated
    Half Caf, Original Roast Medium Decaf, Decaf Original Medium Roast Instant
    Decaf, Decaf Blend, Espresso Decaf, Cappuccino Decaf Unsweetened Taste
    Single Serve
    Medium Roast coffee bags
    Double Coffee from Malaysia, Blend sticks
    Prime status
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    Name
    Maxwell House House Blend Medium Roast K-Cup Coffee Pods (84 ct Box)
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    Maxwell House House Blend Medium Roast K-Cup Coffee Pods (84 ct Box)
    Capsules
    K-Cups- Original Roast, Decaf 100% Arabica, Master Blend Light, House Blend Medium, Breakfast Blend, Breakfast Blend Light, French Roast
    Specialty Coffees
    Vanilla Caramel, French Vanilla, Orange, Hazelnut, Vanilla Bean Latte, French Vanilla Iced Latte
    Ground Coffee
    Original Roast Medium, Master Blend, Master Blend Light, Dark Roast, 100% Columbian, French Roast Dark, Morning Boost Medium. Instant- Original Roast, Cappuccino, Café Francais,
    Decaffeinated
    Half Caf, Original Roast Medium Decaf, Decaf Original Medium Roast Instant
    Single Serve
    Medium Roast coffee bags
    Prime status
    Name
    Nescafe Gold Rich & Smooth Keurig Kcup Coffee Pods Crafted with Arabica Beans, 12 capsules {Imported from Canada}
    Image
    Nescafe Gold Rich & Smooth Keurig Kcup Coffee Pods Crafted with Arabica Beans, 12 capsules {Imported from Canada}
    Capsules
    K-Cups- Medium Roast and Dark Roast
    Specialty Coffees
    Latte, Skinny Latte, Toffee Nut Latte, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Latte, Double Choc Mocha, Irish Latte, Cappuccino
    Ground Coffee
    Original, Espresso 100%, Columbia, Medium Roast, Dark Roast, Espresso, Espresso Intense Aroma, Organic
    Decaffeinated
    Decaf, Decaf Blend, Espresso Decaf, Cappuccino Decaf Unsweetened Taste
    Single Serve
    Double Coffee from Malaysia, Blend sticks
    Prime status
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    Maxwell House vs Nescafé Gold – Coffee Types

    Maxwell House and Nescafé Gold both focus on convenience. Rather than selling coffee beans, the coffee companies have quick solutions for a rich coffee.

    Capsules

    If you have a Keurig coffee machine, both coffee companies have K-Cups for sale.

    Folgers Classic Roast Medium Roast Coffee

    Maxwell House

    We have a choice of Original Roast, Decaf 100% Arabica, Master Blend Light, House Blend Medium, Breakfast Blend, Breakfast Blend Light, and French Roast.

    Nescafé Gold

    The K-Cup capsules are rather limited with Medium Roast and Dark Roast capsules.

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    Specialty Coffees

    Why spend a fortune in coffee shops when you can create amazing flavored coffees at home?

    NESCAFE Gold Espresso 100% Arabica Ground Coffee Beans

    Maxwell House

    There is a Vanilla Caramel, French Vanilla, Orange, Hazelnut, and Vanilla Bean Latte. For a cold coffee, there is the Vanilla Iced Latte.

    Nescafé Gold

    The coffees tend to be more traditional, with a choice of Latte, Skinny Latte, Toffee Nut Latte, Caramel Latte, Double Choc Mocha, Irish Latte, and a Cappuccino.


    Ground Coffee

    One brand may have gained fame for its ground coffee, the other seems to offer more.

    Folgers coffee

    Maxwell House

    Maxwell House has both ground and instant coffee. The ground coffee comes as Original Roast Medium, Master Blend, Master Blend Light, Dark Roast, 100% Columbian, French Roast Dark, and a caffeine kick with the Morning Boost Light. For an instant coffee, choose from the Original Roast, Cappuccino, or Café Francais.

    Nescafé Gold

    The Nescafe Gold range are all freeze-dried instant coffees. There is an Original, Espresso 100%, Columbia, Medium Roast, Dark Roast, Espresso, Espresso Intense Aroma, and an Organic coffee.

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    Decaffeinated Coffee

    It’s not wise to drink too much coffee in a day. Sometimes, we need the taste and aroma without the energy rush.

    Nescafé Gold

    Maxwell House

    There are three decaffeinated coffees, the Half Caf, Original Roast medium Decaf, and the same in an instant coffee.

    Nescafé Gold

    Aside from the Original Decaf, there is a Decaf Blend, an Espresso Decaf, and Cappuccino Decaf Unsweetened Taste.

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    Single Serve

    In some cases, single-serve coffees can help retain more of the freshness compared to a larger container.

    Nescafe Gold Rich & Smooth Keurig Kcup Coffee Pod

    Maxwell House

    There are Medium Roast coffee bags available.

    Nescafé Gold

    Nescafé chooses single-serve sticks like the Double Coffee from Malaysia and the Blend Sticks.

    The Final Verdict

    Both Maxwell House Nescafé Gold has plenty of varieties and because of this, it’s hard to list one coffee brand as the best considering how everyone’s tastes vary. The prices are very similar so not something that will influence the decision. Both also use a combination of Arabica and Robusta beans making the difference in taste very small. We would recommend doing a sample test of the Maxwell House and Nescafé Original coffee to decide which best suits your taste buds and caffeine needs.