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Cane Sugar Coke at Costco SF

Yesterday, I bought a case of 24 glass bottles of Coke bottled in Mexico at the Costco at 10th and Harrison in SF. There was a sign posted with the Coke that said that it was made with pure cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. I haven't tried it yet, because I'm letting the bottles chill in the fridge. I'll report back when I taste it.


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  1. cane sugar coke is generally better than american coke, it's what they serve in other countries.

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    1. re: linz

      I agree totally! On a hot day, there was NOTHING like an icy cold Coke in a glass bottle pulled from one of those old time, gas station bottle machines. The bottles all had those rings on the outside of the bottle where they had bee through the bottling machine dozens of times. Coke in plastic can't touch that taste.

      1. re: cfarivar

        I bought a case last night. It was $17.89 plus .96 redemption fee and tax.

      2. Anyone know if Richmond Costco carries this?

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        1. re: kc72

          Yes, I buy it at the Richmond Costco. It's back where the dog food/paper towels are.

        2. Where are they located? Went today and didn't see any. Did they sell out already?

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          1. re: fried_chicken

            They sold out pretty quick, before I got to it too! But I just called Costco and they said that none of the other close by locations got it, only the Costco in SF got the Coke bottles. They also said that later this week they look to be receiving another shipment.

          2. I think you described things pretty well. Mexican Coke does finish dry or cleaner. HFCS Coke isn't heavy but it does sort of sits around, which rum cuts and mixes to pretty well. I prefer a dry finish on soda. Definitely seeing Mexican coke more and more.

            The big question I wonder about is if US bottlers will ever switch to cane sugar or sucrose given the seeming demand, afterall they sell kosher coke.

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            1. re: ML8000

              Sadly, I don't think they every will. People on this board rave about Dr. Pepper made with sugar (they still make it at the Dr. Pepper bottler in Dublin, Texas)- you can get it at Mollie Stone's and other places I think. I still need to try it. Descriptions suggest it is a sharper taste (which I remember from Dr. Pepper as a kid, when I used to not like it).

              1. re: P. Punko

                If you can't find it locally, Dublin Dr Pepper (cane sugar, no corn syrup) can be bought online: http://www.olddocs.com/results.aspx?c...

                They even offer glass bottles (at a significant price premium over cans) for your fancy parties!

                1. re: P. Punko

                  Yeah, Mollie Stone had Dublin Dr. Pepper in glass bottles. I did a back to back tasting with regular Dr. Pepper.

                  The thing is, I never liked Dr. Pepper ... so the Dublin version just reminded me of how it used to taste. The regular version doesn't taste like much of anything ... so it doesn't have the objectionable, to me, Dr. Pepper taste ... but it tastes like not much so I still wouldn't buy it.

                  1. re: rworange

                    rw- thanks for confirming my suspicion- sometimes I am concerned I'm losing my tastebuds, because I remember not being able to get through a whole can of Dr. Pepper, and now it tastes a lot more like a cherry cola, and I NEVER would have said that before. I think I will do the side by side.

                    1. re: P. Punko

                      I never liked Dr. Pepper as a kid either and thus I've never had more then a few sips. I remember it tasting like carbonated medicine or worse...cough syrup was better actually. Interesting that the new stuff is watered down. It does seem like a lot of modern sodas are flavorless and lack any distinction and the HFCS doesn't help...sort of muddles things up.

                      On the flipside, there's the so-called gourmet sodas (root beer in particular) that are loaded with totally unbalanced flavors like wintergreen just to give it a distinction but without a reason.

                2. re: ML8000

                  Ah.... I think the trend towards bio fuels may save us.

                  Word of caution... read the label because the Mexican Coke at Lola's in Santa Rosa says EITHER HFCS or Sugar.... Mexican bottlers have been switching over to HFCS.... that is until the demand for Corn based Bio Fuels... pushed up the cost of HFCS... it looks like sugar based sodas in Mexico will survive [at least until Mexico starts following Brazil's lead on sugar cane based bio fuels.... yup Mexico has oil... but production is dropping (Venezuela's Chavez can't stop grinning)... and of course Mexico City is in desperate need of cleaner burning fuels].....

                  I guess we will have to see how Coke tastes with Agave Syrup =) [at least it would be popular amongst diabetics]

                3. YEAH! As my user name implies, I love cola! One thing that I like about Jolt cola is the fact that it's a sugar cola and NOT HFC which I consider leaves an unpleasant after feel/taste in the mouth. This has been described by others in their responses. Mexican cokes are readily available by the bottle on 4th Street in Berkeley. I hope that the Richmond Costco has them, I'll go today and report my findings. Costco offers the ability to leave requests/comments/questions. If you want to see it stocked - let `em know! As to whether US soda makers will offer sugar sodas, it doesn't seem likely due to the $$ factor. HFC is cost-effective for the coporations.

                  1. Someone told me to check the stores around Passover for kosher coke that it was made with sugar not HFCS.

                    1. I went to the Richmond Costco this afternoon and bought 2 flats of Mexican cokes for $17.89 a flat. Looked like there was about the equivalent of a pallet remaining. Hopefully more in the back. If they have success maybe they'll place a regular order with their supplier. Another helpful action for those who'd like to see these stocked regularly is to fill out a request form.

                      1. Saw a good supply of it at the Vallejo Costco this afternoon, JIC people are interested

                        1. Smart and Final has started carrying Mexican Coke

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                          1. re: gourmetwannabe

                            Good to know. Smart and Final use to carry Jarritos in glass bottles in cases of 24 but haven't seen it for at least 6-8 months.

                            1. re: gourmetwannabe

                              Saw some at Smart & Final (Santa Clara) today - $19.99 a case.

                            2. Just went to SF Costco. They have at least 2 pallets out on the floor and cost about $18 for a 24 case. Hopefully they'll continue to carry it.

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                              1. re: lamster

                                Didn't even know about Mexcian coke until friends told me about it. They preferred it not only because of the taste (feels lighter), also because the debate that cane sugar is "healthier" than corn syrup...I guess my palate is americanized so i prefer plain old regular coke...

                                1. re: iron_stomach

                                  Not very long ago, plain old regular coke was made with sugar which is why people who remember what coke tasted like prefer it.

                                  1. re: rworange

                                    I tried the SSF Costco and the RWC Costco and couldn't locate the Coke...

                                    1. re: Sitka

                                      When I called Costco a few weeks ago (when they first had the coke for cinco de mayo) the guy on the phone said only 2 locations in the bay area was carrying it - the San Francisco location and one on the East Bay - I can't remember which because I never go over there. So SSF and RWC aren't going to have it.

                                      1. re: lamster

                                        I think it's actually 3 locations, unless Vallejo doesn't count as being part of the Bay Area (SF & Richmond are the other two based on this thread.) I saw a half-pallet of the stuff at Vallejo the past couple of Saturdays.

                                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                  I've been going to the Costco in SF (I believe on 10th Street) and they've had plenty in stock for a few months now. I was there on Monday and I saw some. I guess I didn't have to buy several cases to stockpile after all.

                                  1. re: lamster

                                    Saw some yesterday at the Concord Costco.

                                2. Mexican made 7-Up is like liquid crack to me. Thank God it's not widely available.

                                  1. There is a pallet full at the Mountain View Costco this morning. It is $17.99 plus $1.20 CA redemption for a case of 24 bottles (355 ml / 12 FL. oz) at $0.80 a bottle.