Caro (beverage)

Caro is sold under the name Pero in the U.S. by InterNatural Foods.

Caro is a brand of caffeine-free roasted grain beverages. It is generally considered a coffee substitute. It is manufactured by Nestlé and was first introduced in West Germany in 1954. It is available throughout Europe as well as other markets including New Zealand and Australia. It is imported to the United States under the name Pero. The name "Caro" sounds like the French word "Carreau", which translates to "diamonds" in playing cards, as seen in the Caro logo (which is also used on Pero).

Caro Instant is a powdered drink available in 50-gram (1.8 oz) containers, whereas Caro Extra is granulated and comes in 200-gram (7.1 oz) jars.


Caro is made up of soluble solids of roasted barley, malted barley, chicory, and rye. It is most often available in health food shops, but can also be found in many major supermarkets.

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per 100g
Energy 1225kJ / 256kcal
Protein 5.5g
Carbohydrate 60g
Fat 0.3g

See also

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