Product Type: Coca-Cola Soft Drink
Newest Review: ... introduced me to Coca Cola that I knew what I was missing. I have loved the stuff since the first drink. The best drink on a cold day... more
Member Name: loulou129
Advantages: A Great Tasting Drink
Disadvantages: Addiction, possible health problems
I am officially a self confessed Coca Cola Addict. I do find it difficult to buy anything other than coke when i need a drink even thought i should probably try and drink less coke and try to replace it with water or a healthier substitute you just can't beat a good old bottle of Coca Cola.
Coca Cola was formed in Altlanta, Georgia in 1886 by John Pemberton who originally sold the drink as a medicine until the business was brought out by Asa Griggs Candler who changed the image and brand of Coca Cola all together and pioneered the mass globalisation of the biggest drinks company in the world.
The original Coca cola is easy to spot with a red label and the iconic white coca cola logo (created by Frank Mason Robinson) printed across it. Other brands/ flavours have been introduced to the company over the years the most common being Diet coke along with Coke Zero (No sugar or calories), Caffiene free coke, coke with cherry, cokewiht lemon and lime and coke with vanilla which hasn't been produced for a while. I tend to drink diet coke or coke zero more regularly as i think the taste is slightly more subdued than the original coke taste and they have less calories with a 500ml bottle of coke containing almost 100 calories more than the equivalent bottle of Diet coke.
Did You know Coca Cola used to contiain cocaine and this is where the coca part of the name originated as it was extracted from the coca leaf. The cola part represent the caffeine in the drink as this was extracted from the Kola nuts.
Sugar (sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup depending on country of origin)
Phosphoric acid v. Caramel (E150d)
The drink itself is always refreshing in my opinion. It has a mild taste which is difficult to describe the only way to describe it really is coca cola, which doesn't really help. The flavours in the coke make it totally different from anything else on the market. The liquid itself is black but the company call it caramel because it has a slight brown/golden hint to it.
Coca Cola is available in a variety of packaging from 330ml cans, 500ml/ 1.25L/ 2L and 3L plastic bottles and the famous glass bottles which the drink originally came in. These currently cost approx 70p, £1, £1.25, £1.58 and £2.10(if you can find them) respectively. Coca Cola can be purchased almost anywhere from vending machines, supermarkets, convenience stores to petrol stations and is available in over 200 countries from America, Britain, Italy, Australia, Japan and New Zealand to Pakistan, Bosnia and Malaysia. No matter where you go throughout the world it is virtually impossible to escape the phenomena that is Coca Cola.
The Company - Advertising and Sponsorship.
Coca Cola has become such an important part of popular culture that the brand can be associated with a vast array of events and activites. Take for example Christmas, many of my friends believe that the countdown to Christmas only truly starts once the Coca Cola lorry advert names "Holiday's are Coming!" has been on tv.
Coke is also often credited with inventing the modern day image of Santa with the red coat and white trim even though the image was laready being used when Coke first used it, but coke made it famous.
Other famous coke advertising campaigns include the I'd Like to teach the world to sing adverts.
Coke is also famous for sponsorship including being a commerical sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1928, A Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 1978, an official sponsor of the 1996 cricket world cup, A Sponsor of NASCAR and Major League Baseball and the drink also lends its name to three divisions of the Football League.
Recently Coke has started My coke Rewards or Cokezone which I have reviewed and this this allows people to earn points to save up and get something you want from a large selection of offers just by copying codes off your empty coke bottles into a website.
Although coke has had some bad press considering health issues and problems cause to teeth and bones I have drank this for many years and believe that if you look after yourself then you should have very little worry about the drink causing any adverse affects. Other bad press has involved the acidity of the drink aswell as some concerns over if it is actually safe for human consumption but alot of the 'scares' you read about are just nonesense.
Overall I love Coke and find it difficult to find any of my peers who would disagree with this fact as its such a versatile drink and especially as a student it can be drank striaght or as a mixer and you never have to worry abotu anyone thinking your strange for not drinking on a anight out because everyone agrees that the great taste of coke justifies not touching alcohol.
Summary: Great All Round Product