Coca-Cola, one of the world's most popular carbonated soft drinks, has a grand history of 130 years. Coca-Cola began its journey in 1885 in the United States selling a brain stimulant drink but later changed its course and transformed its product into a refreshing carbonated drink that could be consumed by all. John Pemberton invented the original Coca Cola formula in 1892. He unsuccessfully tried to promote it and sold the business to Asa Candler. As you may know, Asa Candler founded "The Coca-Cola Company" and made it a global success. Read 12 fascinating Coca-Cola facts you probably didn't know.
1.At The Beginning, Coca-Cola Had Cocaine
As said earlier, Coca-Cola was invented by a Georgia-based pharmacist named John Pemberton. He never intended to make a refreshing family drink. He sold Coca-Colas as a patent medicine that could cure alcoholism, morphine addiction, headaches, tiredness, and impotence. In fact, the name of the first Coke variant was "French Wine Coca." Cocaine was an essential ingredient of Coca-Cola at that time. The name Coca-Cola refers to coca plant, with which cocaine is produced. The original Coca-Cola had roughly 9mg of cocaine in it, which was about one-third of a standard cocaine bump. Remember, usage of cocaine was legal in the late 19th century.
2.A Book Keeper Gave Coke Its Legendary Name
Frank Robinson was John Pemberton's bookkeeper and partner in his new Coca-Cola business. He named Pemberton's patented medicinal drink as Coca-Cola. In fact, he designed the famous Coca-Cola logo using Spencerian script, which became the iconic and widely recognized insignia decades later. Robinson also created several advertisement banners for the product. He served The Coca-Cola Company as secretary and treasurer after Asa G. Candler bought the company from John Pemberton. He played a crucial role in changing the Coca-Cola formula to get rid of cocaine after the federal government criminalized the usage of the hallucinogenic drug.
3.Coca-Cola Is Available Everywhere On The Planet Except Two Countries
Walmart may be the world's biggest company in terms of revenue, but Coca-Cola beats all the top Fortune 500 companies when it comes to popularity and business distribution. Coca-Cola is one of the very few widely recognized brands in the world whose presence can be seen in the remotest places on Earth. The fizzy carbonated drink is available in all the countries in the world excluding North Korea and Cuba. The Coca-Cola Company is barred from exporting Coke to those countries or making business there due to the US economic sanctions.