How did the world’s most popular soft drink come about? Well its a history of prohibition and drug abuse.
Coca cola had to stop being alcoholic due to the US prohibition laws. It continued to be made from active coca leaves.
The flavouring in Coca Cola is the Coca Leaf. Favoured stimulant of the indigenous peoples of South America and raw product in the manufacture of cocaine.
Coca wine was an alcoholic beverage that combined wine and cocaine. The most popular brand was Vin Mariani developed in 1863 by Corsican entrepreneur Angelo Mariani. It was a popular drink at the time.
In Atlanta, John Pemberton, a pharmacist, developed his own cocktail based on Vin Mariani and called it Pemberton’s French Wine Coca. It proved popular among American consumers. But in 1886, when Georgia introduced Prohibition, he had to replace the wine in his recipe with non-alcoholic syrup. The new recipe was similar to, but not the same as Coca-Cola.
At the end of the 19th century, the fear of drug abuse made coca-based drinks less popular. This eventually led to the prohibition of cocaine in the United States, and the removal of cocaine from coca wine as well as Coca-Cola (though coca leaf remained). The drink itself essentially became illegal when its other main drug, alcohol, was banned just a few years later under alcohol prohibition.
When the cocaine business went south (geographically as well as metaphorically), Coke pulled the cocaine out of the formula – although they still use coca leaves today to flavour the drink. In fact, they own a pharmaceutical company called Stepan Chemicals in Chicago, whose primary purpose is to take the cocaine out of the coca.
Coca cola has a US factory “whose primary purpose is to take the cocaine out of the coca”.
Is this not what we call a Cocaine Factory?
Coca Cola the Real Thing?!?!?!?!?