Coke Coffee Plus Review

Coke Coffee Plus Review

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Coke Coffee Plus











  • Good coke flavor
  • Coffee aftertaste


  • Only available in Japan
  • Smells funky
  • Very sweet

If you love coffee, Japan is a country that you must visit if you have the chance.

Japanese Vending Machine
Japanese Vending Machine

Not only have the Japanese popularized the art of the pour over and perfected the science of cold brew, but they’ve also made both hot and cold coffee drinks accessible through vending machines.

Yes my friends, you heard me correctly: vending machine coffee is a thing in Japan.

And in September 2017, while on our honeymoon in Japan, Coca Cola announced a new coffee drink that would only be available in Japanese vending machines (at least for starters).

And given that its creator is a soft drink company, you probably knew that this wouldn’t just be another coffee drink that Coke was introducing.

Coke Coffee Plus, as it’s currently called, is your classic Coke soft drink with added coffee flavor.


Coke and Coffee? Sounds like cocaine’s worst nightmare!

All jokes aside, one of the main ways Coke is marketing the new Coke Coffee Plus is the claim that it has twice the caffeine and half the calories as a typical coke.

Unfortunately, I can see why “more caffeine” is a selling point to the Japanese, who are extremely over-worked in my humble and non-judgmental Westerner opinion.

At the same time, I can’t understand why calories matter much, since obesity doesn’t appear to be a problem in Japan like it is here in the U.S.

Regardless, I wasn’t really concerned with either of these things during my review. If anything, I was most concerned with the taste.

This isn’t the first time Coke made a coffee drinkCoke Blak

Back in 2006, Coca-Cola introduced a coffee-flavored soft drink called Coca-Cola Blak in France, that ultimately made its way into other markets (U.S. and Canada to name a few) before being discontinued in 2008.

I have no idea why it didn’t make it beyond those 2 years, since a lot of the reviews I read online were positive, so maybe someone with insider information could enlighten us in the comments section below.

How Does Coke Coffee Plus Taste?

Reviews were already coming in right after the Coke Coffee Plus’ launch, and most of them were negative.

But if you ask me, most of these reviewers weren’t keeping an open mind going into the review. Why? Because coke and coffee sounds like a terrible combination if you really think about it.

Coke is a cold, super-sweet, carbonated beverage. Coffee on the other hand, is typically hot and bitter. They are not complimentary in any way, shape, or form.

But I gotta tell you, I was pretty impressed with Coca Cola’s strange fusion of the two in Coke Coffee Plus. I thought it tasted quite good!

Sure, Coke Coffee Plus is probably twice as sweet as a regular Coke, which is already too sweet to begin with, but I think it’s justifiable considering it comes in a smaller can.

As far as the coffee flavor goes, it was definitely there, but more so in the aftertaste than the taste up-front.

So no, it does not quite taste like a mix of Coke and coffee. In fact, I would say that it’s more like taking a sip of Coke, followed by a sip of cold coffee.

Where Can You Buy Coke Coffee Plus?Coke Coffee Plus in Shibuya

At the time of this review (November 2017), Coke Coffee Plus is only available in select vending machines in Japan.

Mind you, it took us almost an entire 14-day trip to finally find a vending machine that had the Coke Coffee Plus, and we were looking in some of the biggest tourist destinations in the country across Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka.

We eventually started seeing them all over the Shibuya neighborhood in Tokyo, so my advice would be to look for it there if you’re having trouble finding it.

Since the Shibuya Crossing is a must-see for any tourist in Japan, you can kill two birds with one can of Coke Coffee Plus.

Tried Coke Coffee Plus? Share Your Thoughts Below!

Even though I liked Coke’s Coffee Plus, you might not feel quite the same way. So I welcome you to share your own review in the comments section below.

If you decide to leave a score, it will be factored into the overall score above, so help your fellow readers out!


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  • I enjoy Coca Cola over all other brands of cola and I am an avid coffee drinker. I was so much looking forward to this blend and delighted when I located a 12 pack at my local Sam’s Club. After chilling a few cans, I opened one and found the smell to be less than remarkable. I hoped the taste would blow me away so I took a long drink. Yuck! Instantly I was overwhelmed by the bitter aftertaste of (the chlorine based chemical) sucralose and acesulfame potassium, a (carcinogenic) sugar substitute! I wasn’t looking for a healthy drink but his was not the zero calorie version either. It is a shame this bitter, unhealthy garbage had to be added to a seemingly winning recipe of Coke and Coffee. Half way through the can and I don’t know if my headache (a symptom of both added chemicals) is a reflection of my extreme disappointment or a result of consuming the wretched concoction. Dumping the rest of the can down the drain and not sure what to do with the other 11 cans. TWO THUMBS DOWN. Nasty stuff.

  • I’ve been on the fence about trying coke coffee for the last few weeks. I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that they put those Two flavors together.

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