Coca-Cola was invented by John Stith Pemberton in Covington, Georgia in May 1886. The beverage was initially a cocawine and was called Pemberton’s French Wine Coca. After Atlanta and Fulton County passed Prohibition legislation, Pemberton made a carbonated, non-alcoholic version of French Wine Cola and called it Coca-Cola. Coca leaves from South America were added as a stimulant to the beverage along .with kola nuts which were added to give flavor to the drink. Due to them the name Coca-Cola was given to the beverage. Asa Candler, who was also a pharmacist of Atlanta, bought the formula for Coca-Coal in 1887 from John Pemberton for $2,300. Asa Candler marketed Coke aggressively and was responsible of the dominance of the world soft drink market by Coke.
During Pemberton’s time five ounces of coca leaf were added per gallon of the syrup which constituted a significant dose. Candler claimed in 1891 that he had altered the formula of Coca-Cola and it now contained only a tenth of amount of coca leaves. Coca-Cola also contained nine milligrams of cocaine per glass till 1904, when they started using “spent” leaves instead of fresh leaves. The spent leaves were the leftovers of cocaine-extraction process and contained just traces of cocaine. But cocaine is still present in the drink as it is one of the alkaloids present in the drink. Even today the flavoring is done with kola nuts and “spent” coca leaf. There actually exists a plant in New Jersey, authorized by Federal Government, where coca plant for manufacturing Coca-Cola syrup is grown.of today. Was thinking the other day. In botany, a "cola" is a flowering head of a plant, and "coca" is the name of the plant cocaine is derived from. Coca Cola alledgedly used to contain cocaine, does anyone know if the name "Coca Cola" is derived from the fact they used to use the colas of the coca plant in their recipe? I know there is a plant called the Kola nut that may also have contributed to the name, does anyone know the "truth" behind this??
Coca Cols still contains extracts from the coca plant as part of the secret formula. The Coca Cols Company runs a plant (I think in New Jersey) that operates under the auspices of the DEA, which decocainizes the coca leaves. The cocaine is sold for medicinal purposes, while the other flavour extracts are used for making Coca Cola.
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