Coke – The Universal Language


I have come to the conclusion that Coke is a universal language.  At times it is advertised and drunk in the strangest of places, including many temples I have visited throughout Hong Kong.  It is a word across many languages that is easily understood.  And the actual contents is delivered to some of the most of the out of the way places.  In fact, it is believed that the Christmas colours were once green and white, but were changed to red and white to fit into the advertising of Coke.

So how did the name Coke come about?  I am aware it is a brand of the Coca Cola company, but the name is my wonderment.  I checked out various sites on the internet, but to no avail.  But one thing I do know for sure is that for some reason Coke tastes so much better in a glass bottle.  Why is that so?

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3 thoughts on “Coke – The Universal Language

  1. The Story:
    It was a prohibition law, enacted in Atlanta in 1886, that persuaded physician and chemist Dr. John Stith Pemberton to rename and rewrite the formula for his popular nerve tonic, stimulant and headache remedy, “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca,” sold at that time by most, if not all, of the city’s druggists.

    So when the new Coca-Cola debuted later that year–still possessing “the valuable tonic and nerve stimulant properties of the coca plant and cola nuts,” yet sweetened with sugar instead of wine–Pemberton advertised it not only as a “delicious, exhilarating, refreshing and invigorating” soda-fountain beverage but also as the ideal “temperance drink.”

    Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola®, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced “excellent” and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink. Carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup to produce a drink that was at once “Delicious and Refreshing,” .Dr. Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, suggested the name and penned the now famous trademark “Coca-Cola” in his unique script. The first newspaper ad for Coca-Cola soon appeared in The Atlanta Journal, inviting thirsty citizens to try “the new and popular soda fountain drink.” Hand-painted oilcloth signs reading “Coca-Cola” appeared on store awnings, with the suggestion “Drink” added to inform passersby that the new beverage was for soda fountain refreshment.

  2. I had to chuckle, Shan…. You are pondering the name of coke and puzzle about best-taste from a bottle. I note that you have been visiting temples… Any connection? Love it! I must visit HK one day (other than a few hours in the airport). I had a “leaded” Coke today as I chased horses around the show ring at our local agricultural show – just stewarding for a Right-Royal EFA judge… Lovely man who also drank Coke from a can! Howzat? :))

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