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    How an accident led to the invention of Coca Cola

    Coca-Cola is a universally popular beverage that gave birth to a whole new class of soft drinks: Colas. Founded in 1892, Coca-Cola has evolved with many versions through these years and continues to remain one of the top players in the beverage industry.
    However, what most people don’t know is the fact that Coca-Cola was meant to be a medicine to cure headaches before being marketed as a beverage.

    The Coca cola drink is named after its original ingredients: Coca leaves and kola nuts.

    Previously collected to formulate a substitute for morphine and a potential cure for headache, Coca-Cola was developed by Dr. John Pemberton who was a Confederate Colonel in the American Civil War with a medical degree in pharmacy. He was addicted to morphine and was on a quest to find a substitute for the same. He collected coca leaves and kola nuts which were accidentally mixed by his lab assistant in carbonated water, thereby resulting in the world’s favorite soft drink high revolutionized the beverage industry.

    Although the modifications in the original recipe of Coca-Cola remain to be a trade secret, research articles and conjectures led to many imitators’ recreate versions of the same creating many other cola brands like PepsiCo and Keurig Dr. Pepper which unlike Coca Cola weren’t fortunate enough to develop from an accident.

    Nevertheless, Coca Cola being the oldest of all continues to outsell its competitors which only proves that an invention can be an accident but its development is certainly more than that.

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