Coca-Cola is Debuting a First-of-Its-Kind Coffee Soda
Grocery stores are officially stocked with Coca-Cola's new ready-to-drink coffee soda in three flavors: Dark Blend, Vanilla, and Caramel.
While news of Coca-Cola with Coffee first hit our radars last summer, the 100% Brazilian coffee mixed with classic soda didn't pop up on shelves nationwide until now. Also launching on Jan. 25 for the first time ever is Coca-Cola with Coffee Zero Sugar in Dark Blend and Vanilla flavors, according to the beverage maker. (Related: Are the two main ingredients in these drinks on our list of the 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now?)
"This is a truly unique hybrid innovation that will pioneer a new category we're calling refreshment coffee," Jaideep Kibe, vice president of Coca-Cola North America, previously said in a statement. "Coca-Cola With Coffee is a product that is meant to be tried. Because when you take that first sip, you realize there's nothing quite like it … It sips like a Coke and finishes like a coffee."
A number of individuals have already been able to experience this new coffee-soda hybrid. A testing period in Japan in 2018 was followed by rollouts in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, and Vietnam.
"In preliminary consumer testing, more than 80% of consumers who tried Coca-Cola with Coffee said they would buy it," Kibe added. "And in presentations with several of our major retailers and grocery chains, our customers would take a sip and immediately ask, 'When can we have this?'"
What's in the new Coca-Cola with Coffee?
Each 12-ounce can contains 69 milligrams of caffeine, which is a little bit less than a regular cup of coffee but more than the 34 milligrams found in a regular Coca-Cola. According to Brand Eating, it also has 70 calories and three sweeteners—sugar, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium.
This combination isn't the best way to start off your day. Sucrose (table sugar) can interfere with appetite-regulating hormones, making it much more difficult to determine if you're full. Overeating, in turn, could lead to weight gain. (Related: This Nutrient Found In Soda and Coffee Can Cause Kidney Stones.)
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