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Coca-Cola in a glass bottle makes a comeback

By Rona Moon

Mmmm, a frosty cold glass bottle of Coca Cola on a summer’s day. The cool, solid feeling of the glass as you raise it to your lips, the satisfying heft of the bottle in your hand. What could be better? A plastic bottle? I don’t think so.

A special limited edition glass bottle is now available in Japan in select supermarkets. The announcement was posted up on Coca-Cola Japan’s Facebook page on July 24, along with the picture at left. Other than on Facebook, the glass bottles weren’t especially publicized or promoted. However, they soon gained more than 10,000 likes. Why do people in Japan seem to crave Coke in a glass bottle so much?

People expressed a liking for the glass bottles well beyond what you might expect. A flood of enthusiastic comments poured in: “Glass bottles are the best!” “I want to drink it!” “Let’s go find them!”

Many die-hard fans were also disappointed to find that screw top caps were used, rather than the authentic crown caps which require a bottle opener to open.

Here are some other comments from Japanese netizens:

-- “This is the real thing!”

-- “I want to experience the nostalgia of drinking from a glass bottle!”

-- “Bottled cola is so good…”

-- “I tried one but it wasn’t as carbonated. Is that because of the new cap?”

-- “I’m disappointed with the shoddy-looking labels.”

-- “I remember the Coke bottle vending machine! And the bottle opener there too… People who know about this must be at least in their mid-thirties…”

Judging by the comments in general, it seems that a great love for glass bottles is more about nostalgia than any other reason. There are also a host of other issues to consider — the disposal or recycling of bottles and the dangers of broken glass as opposed to plastic, among other things.

Still, if I had to pick one, I would pick glass. There’s just something about glass…Or maybe one of those super tiny, slim-line cans you can get in Japan, smaller than most inflight cans. Or a Coke made with water from Okinawa, that’s something you don’t see every day. Or perhaps it would be better to purify the Coke before drinking it.

Source: Narinari

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One of the rages in the states is Coke bottled in Mexico, where they can use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

Where is the coke sold in Japan manufactured? Does it use sugar or corn syrup?

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Unless you are old enough to have had a coke in the 1940s, you have no idea what a real coke tastes like. It was no overly sweet drink for babies; it was so carbonated that on your first swig, flames came out your nostrils, and your eyes watered. It was really no drink for kids, who preferred the underpowered, sweeter Pepsi-Cola. It also was about 8 ounces, while Pepsi was "12 full ounces, that's a lot, all that you get for a nickel too.....Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you"! The singing commercial as an 8year old kid recalls it.

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Coke is delicious. I myself am on 4 liters of the stuff daily!

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Thanks for bringing back the memories, almxxx ! I remember those little shots of COKE too !

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I can get these anytime at Yamama. Love the bottles. Just enough.

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I drink Coke, sometimes, in moderation. I have a cousin who drank too much of it and got a perforated ulcer because of it!

Regarding the sugar, the good stuff uses cane-sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup.

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flames came out your nostrils

I am in my mid-thirties, and I think that no drink on the market (In Japan at least) offers this nice sensation from childhood anymore. Therefore I bought a SodaStream machine, and with a puff (or two, depending on what day I had) of extra CO2 I can finally make drinks as carbonated as they used to be...

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only in japan? i feel left out again and once more realize this side of the world has never been kind to me. Leaving all eco-arguments aside. When it comes to soda, nothing compares to the taste of cola in a GLASS bottle, i wholeheartedly agree, it just tastes better, it feels better picking up and its more refreshing chugging down. what a bummer

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