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Sep 13, 2011 08:36 PM

Blind Taste Test: Is Mexican Coke Better?

Interesting read from Yahoo/Shine.

>So just to sum up here:
>People prefer American Coke to Mexican Coke from a pure flavor and aroma standpoint.
>People prefer glass bottles to aluminum cans from a purely tactile standpoint.

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  1. Interesting. I've been trying to reduce soda intake, but when I do partake, and have a Mexican coke after an American coke I'm just mad at myself for wasting the kcals on an American. I can tell the differernce without question. If not by taste, than by the carbonation. American just has more fizz. Maybe American palates are just more geared for HFCS since it saturates the food industry.

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    1. re: Mattkn

      Yeah, I've gotta wonder. I don't drink Coke much anymore since I got my Sodastream, but I picked up a Mexican coke the other day while loading up on Adobo and other sundries. It wasn't what I remembered it being. The difference used to just floor me; now, not so much.

    2. I read this article a few days ago and I honestly refuse to believe the results. I dont think he had a large enough sample size or something.

      1. I have long anguished about how to do a true taste test: the problem I see is that, in real life, nobody pours the Coke out of one of those small bottles into a plastic cup.

        I am a firm believer that the big difference most people perceive is that Coke tastes better from those small bottles. All Coke, Mexican or not. And I am not sure if there is a good way to test this.

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        1. re: Steve

          I also believe there's truth to this. The glass bottle keeps the drink cooler and regulates the temp much better but also doesn't add after-taste.

          Somehow this test seemed flawed to me...they ID'ed the differences and stated them but then separated them via method. What happened to head-to-head.

          Any way, to me it's not so much the flavor but the texture and finish. Sugar finishes drier and cleaner then HFCS and to me it's more refreshing. Rating only on flavor for a drink is a bit backwards.

          1. re: ML8000

            In addition to the temperature factor, I think it is how the small bottles fit in the mouth and how the Coke pours out. It's just the right way to have a Coke!

            Anyway, I find a test dubious that transfers the coke to little plastic cups. I would rather see a same size bottle of Mexican Coke go head-to-head with its U.S. counterpart. No blindfolds, just cover up the labels. I am guessing there will be no preference among a dozen people, but I would be a willing participant.

            Another test, not the same thing exactly, is the difference between HFCS and Sugar. But I believe without the cooperation of a bottling company, this is impossible to do right. The same bottler would have to produce both for a true test, and you would have to drink it out of the same size can or bottle. I don't drink Coke out of little plastic cups. A taste difference can easily be negated or thwarted using those.

        2. Sadly, some Mexican Coke bottlers have made the switch to HFC, so there isn't a difference in flavor.

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          1. re: pikawicca

            when you get a mexican coke, be sure to read the label to make sure that it has sugar and not HFS. I have noticed that the smaller bottles have HFS, so I only buy the larger bottle. I think that it has more carbonation in it. I can't drink a whole one. It is still very fizzy a day or two later.

          2. Coke (and diet Coke) tastes very different in Europe than to the UK. Even when both in a can or both in a bottle.