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Coca-Cola's Coffee Soda 563

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the french-get-cool-stuff-first dept.
Boost writes "According to a new press release Coca-Cola is about to launch a new beverage called Coca-Cola Blak that adds real coffee to the blend. Carbonated coffee?" I imagine this will be quite different than the cans of hot coffee that makes walking around in Tokyo so delicious. But hey, cans of coffee! I'm in for one at least.
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Coca-Cola's Coffee Soda

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  • Jolt Cola? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Jotii (932365) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:48PM (#14233789) Homepage
    So, this will be their counter to Jolt Cola?
  • Mix fav beverages? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BWJones (18351) * on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:49PM (#14233792) Homepage Journal
    Appropriate post for someone named Boost I suppose.

    Seriously though, I don't know that I want to mix two of my favorite beverages. I like my Coca-Cola (diet original).....and I looooove my coffee, Kona [alohaislandcoffee.com] in particular. Sure, I'll give it a go, but I am not so sure I want to mix the two.....

  • Ä, not A (Score:2, Informative)

    by Jotii (932365)
    According to the article, the name is BlÄk, not BlAk.
  • Soulless marketing (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Toby The Economist (811138) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:52PM (#14233813)
    > The lightly carbonated, mid-calorie beverage, which is designed to appeal to
    > adult consumers, is yet another example how The Coca-Cola Company reaches out to
    > new audiences and addresses new beverage occasions.

    Spew, vomit, hurl, etc.

    It's true what they say, about marketing people having sold their souls.
    • by rbochan (827946) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:26PM (#14234025) Homepage
      You think the marketers are bad?
      At least they (I mean really, "boost"... just a coincidence eh?) were able to get an "article" posted to slashdot containing a solitary link to the corporate press release along with a one lin blurb about the "new" product. I hope taco got at least a new car out of the deal.

    • You're assuming they ever had one to begin with, and I don't think that assumption is necessarily valid.
    • I'm surprised I was given a -1 flamebait.

      Reading the blurb, I felt psychically sick.

      I would expect everyone to feel this way and so understand that my comment was serious and about that issue.

      Well - everyone except the person who somewhere in the Coca-Cola organisation *read and approved* this blurb as being part of what the company wishes to project.

      *That* I find amazing.

    • by rcw-home (122017) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @03:48PM (#14234422)
      Step one - come up with a word for each of these things:

      • Name of your product
      • Name of the product it works with
      • Your company's name
      • Noun
      • Noun from your company's mission statement
      • Intangible noun from a magazine cover you'd see at a supermarket checkout
      • Adjective you would see on a paint can
      • Noun you would hear an audiophile use
      • Deity you don't believe in
      • Noun you would see on a box of tea
      • Past tense verb you would see on a Materials Safety Data Sheet
      • Category for your product according to your users
      • Defunct Nationality
      • Category for your product according to Marketing
      • Activity your coworkers do that annoys you
      • Three letter business acronym
      • Something your users do in the privacy of their own homes
      • Your VP's name
      • Your department's name
      • Your company name

      Step two - fill in the blanks:

      "_______ is not just a _______ extension. It is a blend of unique _______ _______ with the true essence of _______ and has a rich _______ and has a _______ _______ _______-like _______ when _______. We believe we have created a new category of _______ -- a _______ product in a _______ -- and a whole new _______ experience. This brand is ideal for any part of the _______ when people are looking for renewed energy or simply to _______", said _______, vice president, _______, _______.

  • by LJWhorfin (850751) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:53PM (#14233816)
    all these varieties of Coke -- how about one the puts REAL sugar back in the recipe instead of high fructose corn syrup. Jolt used to be this (real sugar and twice the caffeine -- was their slogan).. now jolt is corn syrup too (as of about 5 years ago around here). Oh -- and stop sellting the 8oz glass bottles for $1 each... i can buy 2 liters for that but i prefer the glass container.
    • by Nali (645521) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:59PM (#14233853)
      Kosher-for-Passover Coke is made with real sugar.
      • by NMerriam (15122) <NMerriam@artboy.org> on Sunday December 11, 2005 @03:56PM (#14234448) Homepage
        Exactly. One of the things I miss about living in NYC was that it was easy to buy Kosher Coke any time of the year. Pure cane sugar, baby!
    • Supposedly, KO does this once a year, for the high holy daysthey make kosher Coke, which requires sugar.

      AFAIK, Coke made outside the country is made with sugar, so they probably import the kosher stuff.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Almost nobody has used real sugar since the 70s, $ >= taste apparently... Buy some Dublin Dr. Pepper and you'll realize (like I did being born in 83 after the switch to corn syrup) how much better it is. Corn syrup makes any soda taste like.... SYRUP. http://www.dublindrpepper.com/ [dublindrpepper.com]
    • by 11223 (201561) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:13PM (#14233938)
      The American sugar growers have basically bought off Congress to put huge tariffs on imported sugar, thus allowing them to keep the price of sugar artifically high in the US. Furthermore the government gives huge loans to the US sugar buyers, which they are allowed to repay in sugar for some number of cents per pound... if they can't sell it on the open market for more than that, they'll just dump it on the government. Basically it's a form of price fixing by the government.


      If we got rid of these rediculous tariffs and subsidies sugar would be cheap enough to use in soft drinks in the US.

      • by woobieman29 (593880) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:26PM (#14234026)
        Funny you should mention this.... I am back at college after 10 years and my Macro Economics professor just used this tariff in our last class as en example of bad governmental policy. The whole thing is just assinine.
        • How much of it is anti-Castro I wonder...
          • by wass (72082)
            Yeah, I just wrote up a whole rant against HFCS upthread, and included that as an example. I'm not well-versed in economics or economic history, but I do know Cuba was a huge source of cane sugar. The embargo crippled their economy, and made it that much harder to get cane sugar in the USA. What I'm not certain of is how many US farmers grow cane or beet sugar, and how expensive the farming process is vs corn farming. There is alot of processing the corn goes through to get the HFCS, though. And of cou
            • by kesuki (321456) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @03:52PM (#14234431) Journal
              it's not just tarrifs, brazillian cane sugar is being converted into ethanol, which the vast majority of brazillian drivers use because the cost is so much lower. Brazil wants to export ethanol to the states too, because they'd make as much or more money as they were making exporting sugar before we had rediculous tarrifs. of course big corn doesn't want cheap brazilian ethanol flooding their market. ethanol production has propped up the corn price, which is already at pretty impressive lows, and big corn states like minnesota are planning on going to E20 and more states are mandating the use of E10, so basically the only way to allow brazillian ethanol imports without a tarrif would be to require a nation wide e-10 or better roll out.. not something the corn lobby could easily push through as say a tarrif on ethanol.

              Just going to E-10 would shift billions of dollars into local agroculture and away from mid-east oil dependancy, and it's been proven that e-10 has reduced emmisions over straight up gasoline. would be nice if we had a president who would have championed alternative fuels instead of passing billions in oil industry subsidies*...

              *= if one counts the iraq war is an oil indiustry subsidy, because it basically is.
              • I don't ordinarly make spelling-nazi posts, but I feel I need to, since here we see two people in one branch of the thread, saying "rediculous" and no one blinking an eye.

                It's ridiculous. Deserving or inspiring ridicule. Not "redicule", as there is no such thing. And, no, it can't be "diculous" again.

                Oh, and, ObOnTopic: everyone keeps touting cane sugar -- how about beet sugar?
        • Protectionism is good for us! Just think of the poor sugar farmer, textile manufacturer, steel worker, Java programmer...
    • Around here (California) Mexican/Central American groceries sell 12 oz. glass bottles of Coca Cola made with cane sugar.
    • I was in Trinidad and bought a Coke - noticed it tasted better, looked at the ingredients list... sugar! So I agree with you there.

      Glass? I don't miss it - heavy and fragile.

      FWIW, you can go to one of these natural or whole foods stores and get soda with sugar in it. Personally I try to avoid such beverages - sugar or no - because they make you fat :) Flavored seltzer is my current soda replacement, and it seems to be more popular now because I can find it in many flavors for about half a buck a liter (or l

    • by Ceribia (865793) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:36PM (#14234078)
      If your looking for real sugar come buy your pop in Canada, our Coke still has it.
      • Umm....

        Not according to the label of the bottle I have here:

        ""Sugar/Clucose-Frucose" Means it could be either. I bet it isn't sugar.
        • by DasBub (139460) <dasbub@dasbub. c o m> on Monday December 12, 2005 @02:37AM (#14236887) Homepage
          Little bit of chemistry info here...

          What we generally call "sugar" is named sucrose or dextrose. Sucrose is a disaccharide which means that it's made of two smaller monosaccharides, namely Glucose and Fructose.

          One way to reduce the cost of your softdrink or other prepared food is to use something referred to as "Invert Sugar". Here's how you do it:

          Take some real sugar, sucrose, and break the bond between the glucose and the fructose, then let them recombine. When you do this, the glucose and fructose actually bond in a different way which makes the substance 1.3 times as sweet as sucrose. It's identical to regular sugar except for that one key bond, and you've instantly cut down the amount you need to add to your product.

          So when you read a list of ingredients and it says "Glucose/Fructose", you're likely eating invert sugar.

          Incidentally, a natural source of invert sugar is honey.
    • Hear Hear! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by wass (72082) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:50PM (#14234146)
      Definitely. American companies put way too much HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in their products, and it's nasty stuff. About two years ago I decided to avoid HFCS, but still eat sweets like I normally would. Ie, I still ate ice cream, cookies, sodas, cereal, etc, but only those brands that use cane sugar instead of HFCS. You can get good products at places like Whole Foods (pricy) or Trader Joes (similar price or even cheaper than a supermarket). [In fact, Trader Joes cereals, which don't have HFCS, are cheaper than the corresponding kinds from Kelloggs and General Mills which do have HFCS.] Anyway, the interesting result is that, without meaning to, I lost about 15 pounds while still eating all the desserts I wanted, just by avoiding HFCS!.

      One thing is that HFCS seems to do is inhibit the 'full' feeling you get after eating, so you can eat more if your food has HFCS. Great news for food companies, not good news for American health.

      It is annoying because food with real sugar just tastes much better, and is healthier. In most other countries products like Coca-Cola has cane sugar, but here in the USA all products substitute HFCS. I once emailed Coca-Cola about this a few years ago, they said it's up to local bottlers to decide which sweetener to use. And of course they cut corners and go for the cheap stuff.

      Some companies use this to their advantage because ignorant people see CORN instead of SUGAR and think the product is healthier. Ie, Kelloggs Corn Pops used to be called Sugar Pops. By making the change, parents thought Corn sounded much healthier than sugar, so they have no problem giving this cereal to their kids, when it has the same amount of calories, yet uses HFCS instead of cane or beet sugar.

      Unfortunately midwestern corn farmers have alot of political power, and politicians, aiming for approval in the early Iowa primaries, are likely to bow down to these farmers in order to get the party nomination. The corn lobby has huge power, both political and economical, and they choose to market HFCS instead of doing something productive such as growing biofuels with the corn instead.

      Another thing is that it's more expensive to import and use cane sugar than to process corn into HFCS. I am not certain of this, but I would theorize that one big factor is due to the embargo we put on Cuba after Castro came to power in 1959. Cuba was a huge source of cane sugar (their chief export), so the embargo basically crippled their economy overnight and impeded a huge source of sugar cane into the USA. So corn farmers, along with massive chemical processing to produce the HFCS, filled the void.

      Anyway, that is my rant, I hate HFCS, and it's good to see more people becoming aware of it. I really do think that just by substituting cane sugar for HFCS there will be a notable change in America's obesity problem. It probably won't cure the problem, but I think there would be definite effects.

  • so.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Turn-X Alphonse (789240) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:54PM (#14233821) Journal
    So they're putting coffee flavour in coke.. How.. odd coke tastes vile, why would you want to add a bitter taste to it? "oohh it's like eating coal while sucking on a lemon" comes to mind.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:54PM (#14233823)
    I found this pic http://www2.coca-cola.com/presscenter/img/imagebra nds/downloads/lg_blak.jpg [coca-cola.com] of the actual bottle.
  • Been done before (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Rich0 (548339) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:54PM (#14233825) Homepage
    I remember trying some of this horrible brew. [wikipedia.org]

    Then again, this sort of thing is pretty popular in Japan - so maybe its just taste...
  • by BTWR (540147) <americangibor3@yahoo . c om> on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:55PM (#14233828) Homepage Journal
    In 1996, I was in Philadephia for the summer, and it was a test city for Pepsi's own Coffee Cola [bevnet.com]: Pepsi Kona. It was actually quite good, and my friends and I liked it. It must not have tested well enough, cuz it never was fully developed. After the Crystal Pepsi fiasco a few years earlier, Pepsi decided not to market new products countrywide, and always start with a few test cities. Hopefully, this coke one will taste as decent as the Pepsi one.
    • After Pepsi Blue, I'd be reluctant to try any "new" Pepsi flavors... well, without using my friends as guinea pigs.

      (OTOH, I love Diet Pepsi -- but only the Vanilla, Lime, and Cherry flavors. Go figure.)

      But I'd give a coffee flavored cola a try. IIRC Coke already uses tea as a "base" flavor, so it's not that much of a mental readjustment.
    • If they were test marketing it, they went far beyond Phily. I remember it being big in NJ and southern CT where I spent a lot of time. It seemed to be a response to the surge of popularly with the "Seattle" coffee movement. I even remember TV ads and such. I always assumed it was a national product that flopped big time. It was horrible, as I recall. Shortly after that was Clear Pepsi and/or Coke -- a version that tasted the same but without the brown dye. Also very shortly lived, as I recall.
    • A friends father is one of the regional VP's for Pepsi (in the philly area) and we got about...12 cases of the stuff to bring to college with us when we started our freshman year.

      Yeah, it didn't go over well at all. Basically, it was good for caffeine and not much else.
    • Yeah, I remember the commercials for that (I was in college in Philly at the time). An old waittress at a greasy-spoon diner would ask the patron what he was in the mood for. "Coffee? Pepsi? Both?" And then she ripped off her face, revealing lounge singer Tom Jones [tomjones.com] underneath, singing "It's not unusual to be loved by you." Pretty bizarre commercial, made me want to try the product just for kicks but I never got around to it.
  • Vomitus Maximus (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Paladin144 (676391) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:56PM (#14233833) Homepage
    Am I the only one who thinks that this sounds absolutely vomit-inducing? Excuse me for not RTFPR (reading the fucking press release), but does anybody who did know if this will in fact be served cold or hot? Either way it sounds like a recipe for some really bad mixed drinks involving rum, vodka and cleaning highly-caffenated vomit off the carpet in the morning.
  • Pepsi Kona (Score:5, Informative)

    by Calimus (43046) <calimus&techography,com> on Sunday December 11, 2005 @01:56PM (#14233836) Homepage
    It's not the first time. Back in the mid 90's Pepsi did a test market on a similair product that they called Pepsi Kona - Link [wikipedia.org] . I had some family that worked for them at the time and somehow I ened up with 2 six-packs of the stuff.

    The tase took a little getting used to, but the caffine kick was amazing. I was working 3rd shift at the time so the energy boost was welcomed. 2 Cans before I went to work and I was wired all night.

    I found the caffine buzz to be as good as the same ammount of Jolt but without the sugar shakes to go along with it.

    Coke might be able to pull this off, have to wait and see. It's all going to boil down to taste.
  • I've always wondered what would happen if you brewed a pot of coffee with caffeinated water.
  • Coca Cola company has had MANY failed attempts at new soft-drinks recently (although I don't think that the lime-coke was a failure...I don't see them anymore, but people around here were buying tons of them).... maybe they'll get this one right.

    I'm going to give it a try, at least. I do have to wonder how they will blend the two tastes, though. I mean.... coke is sweet, and coffee is bitter... oh well, if they're confident enough to manufacture the stuff, I'm confident enough to try it.

    • Last time I looked, you could still get Diet Lime Coke in Los Angeles. I buy it sometimes, because I can't drink the regular soft drinks any more. (Type II diabetic) Most of the time, a new drink comes out in regular only, and it's a long time (if ever) before the diet type is introduced, so I was happy to see it come out only in diet. I hope they have a diet version of this new flavor, so I can try it
  • by nuxx (10153) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:00PM (#14233862) Homepage
    It's too bad that the new product will probably contain high fructose corn syrup, lending the typically thick, crappy mouthfeel and taste of all American sodas to the new product.

    I really wish big American soda manufacturers would use sugar again. Sugar-based sodas taste so much better.
    • Yeah, but with the large majority (no, I don't have the hard #'s) of farmable land in the US owned by Fortune 500 companies and large agribusinesses and producing corn, they've got to come up with some use for it to justify the farm subsidies they're given ($171 billion over a decade)...

      ...at least until they can come up with some sort of sugar product from soy, then the subsidies will go there instead.

      Like another poster a while back mentioned about another subject [slashdot.org], they aren't going to give up those kind
      • More importantly, sugar is unnaturally expensive in the USA because of import regulations on foreign (cheaper) sugars. Thus a lot of american candy companies relocating to Canada.

        Also, most people do in fact prefer the syrup-sweetened taste to that of granulated sugar. Its been studied a lot.
    • I really wish big American soda manufacturers would use sugar again. Sugar-based sodas taste so much better.

      No, not really.

      OTOH, at least you're not bitching about the supposed health benefits of granulated sugar against HFCS...

      While on the same hand--when was the last time you sent coke a letter asking them to make real-sugar based soda year round? "Kosher Coke" apparantly has real sugar, and so you should buy as much of it as you can use before it goes bad every time you can. Eventually, Coca-cola will
  • Welcome absolutely everyone to saying "Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew."
  • Here in Germany they carbonate pretty much everything else under the sun. I never thought they would carbonate apple juice, but damn, after trying my first Lift ApfelSchorle, I was hooked. That is damn good stuff, and under a euro to boot(actually cheaper than a lot of cola you buy in a store in the US)
  • They seem to never give up.... I've had some fairly good ones (cheery Pepsi/coke, vanilla pepsi/coke) that haven't completely died out, but I've had some rather bad (pepsi lime) and some rather terrible (Pepsi Christmas, with cinnamon and other Xmas flavors in it) beverages. I still don't understand how the christmas pepsi made it out of the lab.... It was like drinking pepsi out of a rusty plugged gutter... Wouldn't even drink it if I was desperate....
  • oh cool (Score:3, Interesting)

    by tuxette (731067) * <tuxetteNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:08PM (#14233903) Homepage Journal
    How many [energyfiend.com] do I have to drink before I'm dead?
  • Coffee soda (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ExRex (47177)

    Personally, I prefer my coffee soda straight. Manhattan Special [manhattanspecial.com] baby.

  • They mix in twice the caffine? And the stock in companies that make defibrillators saw a rise in this announcement while dentistry groups everywhere welcomed a coffee drink that uses teeth melting corn syrup!

    • These drinks all have too much sugar and caffine in them. I have a hard time keeping my jaw off the floor when someone tells me they drink 2L of Coke or other pop a day. Not surprisingly, a large portion of these people are large human portions.
  • by Jepler (6801) <jepler@unpythonic.net> on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:21PM (#14233988) Homepage
    A few years ago, some friends and I tried combining cold coffee with carbonated water from a soft-drink machine.

    Because of the taste of the stuff, we christened it "Coffee NT", which stood for "Not Tasty".

    Perhaps we were missing the secret ingredient, though. Corn syrup. Lots of corn syrup.
  • I have been able to buy "cappucino pepsi" from the local supermarket for weeks now. It does taste like shit though.
  • by kitzilla (266382) <paperfrog@gmLAPL ... m minus math_god> on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:28PM (#14234030) Homepage Journal
    Coca-Cola Blak is not just a flavor extension. It is a blend of unique Coke refreshment with the true essence of coffee and has a rich smooth texture and has a coffee-like froth when poured.

    Awesome ... a soft drink with crema. OMFG.

    Do I have to wait until I actually try this soft drink to throw up? Or can I beat the rush and just put a finger down my throat now?

  • Tia Maria (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Hieronymus Howard (215725) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:33PM (#14234060)
    I always add Tia Maria to my coke. It gives it a delicious coffee flavour + alchcol. What more do you need?

    (note that I only drink coke at home, not at work. My daytime caffienated beverage of choice is Irn Bru - something that you can probably only get here in the UK)
  • by TheRon6 (929989) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:46PM (#14234127)
    A few weeks ago, while in a slightly drunken state, I came up with the great idea of mixing Yoo-hoo and gin together with a 1:1 ratio. Both are so great seperate that they must be SUPER great together! I imagine that Coca-Cola may soon face the same bitter-sweet failure I did. It seemed like such a good idea at the time...
  • Should be efficient (Score:5, Interesting)

    by theonetruekeebler (60888) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @02:52PM (#14234155) Homepage Journal
    Carbonation has a way of making the stomach absorb things faster. This is why champaigne gives a buzz faster than wine, and why a Coke will amp you up more rapidly than orange juice, which has about the same amount of sugar. So carbonation and high caffeination should be a winning combination, buzz-wise. You can imagine, though, how hard users will crash.
  • by Nehmo (757404)
    By the foot icon, I understand the parent post to be in the "funny" category, but where's the humor? And if it isn't funny, how is the article relevant to /.? I'm working on decoding the hidden message. There must be some reason our mod's, in their wisdom, included an article about Coca-Cola mixing some coffee with Coke.
  • by chrysrobyn (106763) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @08:14PM (#14235517)

    In college, I ended up doing a little drink mixing (non-alcoholic drinks only to my current chagrin). Let me save you some trouble.

    Coffee + soda (Coke or Mountain Dew). Terrible idea. Kill it now.

    Juice + soda (Coke or Mountain Dew). With small amounts of juice, can be very good. I actually repeated grape Kool-Aid + Mountain Dew several times (different from Pitch Black, but that gets you started). Stay away from limes and lemons. Maraschino cherry juice in Mountain Dew predicted Code Red accurately.

    Chocolate syrup + black coffee. There's a reason they usually put loads of cream in coffe when adding chocolate.

    Chocolate syrup + soda. Terrible idea. The syrup doesn't mix well, and when it does, the flavors in your mouth are horrid.

    In short, there's a reason sodas have been made with fruit juices (imitation and real) for 100 years, and not coffee or other substances.

    Also, Oreos (at least the generic equivalent where you get 4x the cookies for half the price) go very well with Mountain Dew, possibly better than the historical milk.

  • by br00tus (528477) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @09:02PM (#14235732)
    Coca-Cola has been killing its workers in Colombia. They even had one killed right inside the plant while he was working. Apparently they don't like that the workers are trying to organize a union. There is a global boycott of Coca-Cola products going on right now, which I participate in, I haven't had any Coca-Cola products for several years. The web site for the boycot is Killer Coke [killercoke.org].

    I doubt that most of the white, western professionals who read Slashdot will care much about this, some probably will like Coke more than ever considering the kind of talk so many listen to on talk radio and Fox News, but a few will, and I am posting this to inform those few. Working class people tend to be more sympathetic to these things.

    • So why should I ban the products those poor workers depend on for a living?

      Thats like the ban on products of child labour. LET THEM BE PROSTITUTES INSTEAD!
    • Ha funny. a "Coke" plant in Columbia. Maybe someone got confused and started killing people at the wrong kind of "coke plant."

      Maybe "working class" people are more sympathetic because they are more ignorant and willing to believe this B.S. without any proof? Working class people also go to church more than white collar folks. Also an area where proof is not needed.

      Please, show me some documented PROOF of these events happening, that they were carried out by Coca-Cola employees for company reasons, etc. Anyt
    • Nice headline. You do know that Colombia's government is virulently anti-union [union-network.org]?

      It seems rather insipid to single out Coca-Cola based on its brand recognition. The mining and textile industries have also had workers die at the hands of paramilitary groups. This should come as no surprise: Colombia is one of the most violent countries in the world. You may legitimately argue that American companies should not operate there due to the insidious "official" government and the activities of rebel organizations li
    • In the interest of balanced reporting... if you're going to read the opinions of the "Killer Coke" people, you should, in fairness, read the other side of the story before you form any opinions of your own.

      See: www.cokefacts.org [cokefacts.org] and, in particular, this page about Coke in Colombia [cokefacts.org].
  • by DroopyStonx (683090) on Sunday December 11, 2005 @09:20PM (#14235805)
    People are commenting about "ungodly amounts of caffeine," but believe it or not, Coke doesn't contain all that much: http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/caffeine/caffeine_ info1.shtml [erowid.org]

    In terms of caffeine content, a cup of coffee is equivalent to 3 or 4 cokes.

    Two cups of coffee really isn't all that much, so... this drink should be just fine in the caffeine department.
  • by tm1rules (444525) on Monday December 12, 2005 @02:04AM (#14236793) Homepage Journal
    ...quite different than the cans of hot coffee that makes walking around in Tokyo so delicious.

    When did you go to Tokyo?

    "It used to be that you wouldn't dream of drinking while walking down the street [in Japan]. " - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5 ?fl20040320cz.htm [japantimes.co.jp]

    "Walking and eating [in Japan] is taboo, though you will see local people doing it from time to time, especially in tourist destinations. Still, expect to be glared at or clucked at if you eat (or drink) while perambulating. Ice cream might be an exception, but everything else, including canned drinks should be consumed while standing next to the place where you bought them or sitting on a nearby park bench." - http://www.mediatinker.com/hellotokyo/survival.htm l [mediatinker.com]

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