About once a day, you probably wonder whether it’s time to switch from coffee to your daily fizzy drink like Diet Coke (me!), seltzer, or maybe even an ice-cold beer. But if you’re a coffee fan, it can be tempting to continue to fill up that French Press or coffeemaker and keep coffee time going for just a little bit longer. Now, thanks to Coke’s newest U.S. launch, we can have the best of both worlds.
The brand announced today that it would be launching “Coca-Cola With Coffee” in the United States. Coke has previously dipped its toes into coffee-type drinks before and currently sells “Coca-Cola Plus Coffee” in 25 countries. We first heard rumblings of this bev coming to the U.S. back in 2019 and, honestly, we have been dreaming of it ever since. If you can imagine Coca-Cola with a hint of coffee, well, that’s pretty much what this is! It’s two of your favorite drinks in one convenient package.
The drink comes in three different flavors so far: Dark Blend, Vanilla, and Caramel, which is sure to make those of us who love flavored iced coffee VERY happy. I know what you’re thinking: WHAT ABOUT THE CAFFEINE? OK, deep breaths, because I have good news. Each can contains 69 milligrams of caffeine in a 12-ounce can, which is roughly double what’s in a normal can of Coke (34 mg) and a bit less than a standard cup of coffee (95 mg for eight ounces). They’re all also 70 calories, just in case you wanted to know.
I got to give the Dark Blend a try and really loved it! It smells and tastes like the deep, dark coffee you’ll find in a cafe and the flavor really is a perfect blend of that and classic Coke. Even if you don’t love coffee, to me the nuttiness is really what stands out, so if you love flavors like hazelnut, give this a try. I gave my boyfriend—a coffee fiend—a blind taste test and he refused to give me back the glass, so there you have it.
For now, these flavors are only available in the U.S. via the very fancy Coca-Cola Insiders Club. The rest of the U.S. will just have to wait until 2021 to give it a try. Beginning in January 2021, Coca-Cola with Coffee Dark Blend and Coca-Cola with Coffee Vanilla will be offered in 12-oz. singles or 12-oz. four-packs while Coca-Cola with Coffee Caramel will be only offered in 12-oz. single cans nationwide. You can also go to Coke.com/Coffee to be notified when it comes out next year. Ah, 2021. Can’t wait!
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