August 28th, 2002

The Valley Cola Report

So, here I am in the Bay Area, the hub of all things geek, and there's one thing I really have to do.

No, it's not hitting Fry's or the biggest CompUSA I can find. It's not a pilgrimage up to Mountain View, or to the Stanford campus.

It's quite simple. I have to try the two new caffeinated beverages from Coke and Pepsi.

Vanilla Coke is probably the more interesting of the two. It's got a good strong flavour, with plenty of vanilla. In fact it tastes just like a good old fashioned coke float, after the ice cream has melted its way into the drink. Not bad, actually, and a taste that bears trying again.

The same can't be said for Pepsi Blue. The "Berry Cola Fusion" doesn't fuse at all. If anything the insipid blue raspberry flavour overwhelms the normally strong Pepsi cola taste, turning what could have been up there with the classic Cherry Pepsi of the mid 1980s into a sad reflection of Gatorade...
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