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Zap
04-18-2004, 10:13 PM
I just finished a glass bottle of Mexican Coke! Wow, it was quite good, but it didn't taste quite the same as the American made Kosher Coke. Can anyone tell me what might be different? It's been a while since I had the Kosher Coke, so I can't really compare the two. Also, I know Jungle Jim's (a local HUGE international food store) carries Coke from a few different countries. Would there be any differences there between those kinds?

For that matter, I've been contemplating having a fountain, and I'm curious if it would be possible to acquire syrup from other countries as well. I figure it is possible in some way or another, but it might get fairly expensive.

Thanks!

fusion
04-19-2004, 01:59 AM
I've heard German Coke doesn't taste quite as good as American or Mexican.

As far as Kosher v. Mexican, there may be formula differences, but I personally think the big difference is the packaging. You have to get a higher carbonation level with plastic, since you lose it due to the gas leaking through the plastic. With glass, you won't have that problem.

XLS_04
04-19-2004, 09:44 AM
I had 600 mL plastic bottle Coke from New Zealand and that was REALLY good too.

I did not care for the Dutch Coke when I tried it in a can, they also use vegetable oil or something too in it.

Mexican Coke is good but it is in glass so that has alot to do with it, the 500mL glass bottles of Coke from Mexico taste different from the smaller glass bottles.

Shatter
04-19-2004, 09:05 PM
Try Coke from Holland. They make it there with the old, old recipe. The recipe they started using after getting rid of cocaine. It's much better than any other Coke i've tried.

Zap
04-21-2004, 03:54 AM
Okay, I just hit the store earlier today and I picked up a variety of things to try. In my stash is:

Mexican Coke
Mexican Sprite
Afri-Cola
Hires Root Beer

They also had stickers for Mexican Pepsi and French Coke, but they were out of those. I dropped a note in their suggestion box about Dublin Dr. Pepper, and I figure they probably will start stocking that in the near future! I need to give that a try, as other than my finding the Sprite, the only mainstream sugary drinks they had were Colas.

After trying a Dutch Coke, I definitely noticed a difference from the Mexican, and wow it was delicious, but sadly the Dutch is only about 7 oz vs the Mexican at about 12. The price is actually a bit more at $1.29 vs $1.09 for Mexican (at a local liquor store!). Those are the only sizes I've found here so far.

HOWEVER, I inspected the bottle labels and found something interesting

Mexican (slapped on label) - Carbonated Water, HFCS and/or Sucrose, Carmel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavor, Caffeine

Dutch (translated) - sparkling water, sugar, Sulphite ammonia caramel (caramel coloring), phosphoric acid, "plant extract", caffeine

They look awefully close if not identical to me, and what I would suspect as they did taste differently, is that water quality plays a big part in the final taste of the soda. The Dutch tasted a bit more purified, and maybe just a bit crisper. What would be interesting would be to put syrups from both countries on the same fountain and see what they taste like then! smile.gif

Windmill
04-27-2004, 09:44 AM
I spent $11 for an eight pack of French Coke and it really had a weird taste. I just can't place where I've tasted it before. Coke from Holland and Ireland are both very good.

Jungle Jim's just must be out of Dublin Dr Pepper because I bought a bunch there last October ($1.79/bottle)

mickstafa
04-30-2004, 11:59 AM
Shatter, Coke never had cocaine in it. That is an urban myth.

Startup Dude
04-30-2004, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by mickstafa:
Shatter, Coke never had cocaine in it. That is an urban myth. Sorry to contradict you, but you are wrong.

Read link or google it (http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/9712/appc.htm)

"By the turn of the century, cocaine had become an ingredient in everyday items in the United States, such as hay fever elixirs and nerve tonics. Even Coca-Cola contained cocaine until 1903, when the ingredient was replaced with caffeine."

No Soda
06-16-2004, 09:44 PM
I know this is a bit old, but I have had the opportunity to taste Mexican Coke on several occasions recently. Yonkers, NY has a large Mexican community, and most of their groceries sell Mexican Coke (and Pepsi). I found the taste a tad bitter, but it was still a nice treat. One store even had Coke from Ecuador (it was in a 330ml bottle-I snapped that one up for the collection.) All these stores sell American Coke, of course (from CCE-Elmsford, NY) and I can't help but wonder what the bottler thinks of this. And I wonder how many of the bottles make it back to Mexico?

fusion
06-17-2004, 12:21 AM
I'd say right around ZERO. I wonder how the Mexican bottlers feel having to keep buying new glass bottles. But then again, they are really on a fast track with converting from glass to plastic down there.

Hacksaw
06-19-2004, 02:13 AM
Zap: I know what you mean on the Euro sizes of soda. Dutch Fanta Orange was good, but it was $1.79 for 7 ozs.!

ecliptic
06-19-2004, 07:15 AM
Difference? Mexican water, yummy.

cph
06-19-2004, 02:23 PM
I've heard German Coke doesn't taste quite as good as American or Mexican.

They like their drinks, desserts, etc. a little
less sweet than we do. Same with the Afri-Cola,
it's less sweet than (American) Coke.

SplitLevelP
06-20-2004, 10:52 AM
Originally posted by No Soda:
I know this is a bit old, but I have had the opportunity to taste Mexican Coke on several occasions recently. Yonkers, NY has a large Mexican community, and most of their groceries sell Mexican Coke (and Pepsi). I grew up in the NYC Metro area and now i'm about 20 miles east of utica in a small city called Little Falls,NY and i still make trips to NYC so next time i go down I will need to check out those stores for Mexi Coke & Pepsi thanks for the heads up.

[ 06-22-2004, 02:45 AM: Message edited by: SplitLevelP ]

sodasommelier
07-24-2004, 10:03 PM
Gee whiz why doesn't someone in Upstate NY just order a containerload and start up a soda shop and distributorship? I need a good excuse to visit my grandmother in Poland NY!!

SplitLevelP
07-28-2004, 04:07 PM
Here is why I can't. I'm a lover of soda sold in glass.I would be willing to manage a store in my area of this type however I'm in no shape to come up with 20000 to throw down on any business.I'm still in college and aside from a healthy ebay business and odd jobs I'm lucky my young family has what we need until I earn my degree. It's not that i'm a slacker either I cared for my sick mother full time til i was 21 and she died in 2000 at 51 years old.I'm 27 now and a late bloomer because of it. I would give 150 % to any store that started up here in my area and would be happy making the 700-800 per week any other convience store Mgr makes.But selling a product(Glass soda and other bev) I love and support would be a dream job to me.So yes someone please open the store in upstate ny who has this kind of capital.When you decide it's time to do that or if sodasommelier wants to and break down and open the store here in the valley with the overhead of a shop as cheap as it is here in the Mohawk valley and have it managed by someone else so he and the other owners can stay in the warm west message me for my contact information and lets do this!!!!! you know it can work here cause lets face it outside of marcy beverage outlet who only stocks in glass 8 ounce coke and sprite and walmart who gets crush there is NOTHING i'm sure out west these type of stores are a dine a dosen but it is dry here and im smart enough to see this but poor enough to do nothing about it.So this is for any of you who want to take a shot at the east come on down and open up.Stay a month and see it grow it's legs and teach me all you value about the business that you are doing out west.The upside to not having this type of store here is. I have no bad habits to break.Doing what you proved has worked would be what I would want to do here in ny since the long term staying power of this type of store would be the goal and you know what your customers want to see to keep them coming back again.Thanks the bottom line to where I stand about this issue and I truly hope some one west of here takes this as a challenge to really see if this concept can work here and I hear from one of the prople who has this going elsewhere saying lets do this.E-mail me whith feedback on this either way. StorminaBottle@yahoo.com