This tin contains soluble coffee and dates back to 1944. Although this beverage had been available since 1890, the taste still lacked something. In 1938, the chemist Max Morgenthaler solved the problem of the stability of flavours by adding maltodextrin and glucose as the coffee was percolated.
The Nestlé & Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company then decided to combine this discovery with the already well-mastered process of spray-drying. This gave rise to Nescafé powder, which became an overnight success. It proved to be a practical and inexpensive alternative to fresh coffee and could easily be rationed during the Second World War. This tin proves that Nescafé was used to supply US Army troops. Since 1945, Nescafé has been packaged in a glass jar, more practical for daily use.