Let's get this out of the way real quick -- It's been a very, very long time since I've been a fan of soda. I took a plunge a few months ago when a new housemate moved in and tried the fiber-filled "Coca-Cola Plus" under raving recommendations from them, only to fall flat for an entire day with severe stomach pains. On the other hand, however, there aren't many days a week where you won't find me walking around with either a mug or can of coffee in hand.
Then came along the all-new Japan-exclusive "Coca-Cola Coffee Plus," a drink touting to blend the best of both worlds, to which I immediately met with a curious skepticism. Like many others, the idea of both Coca-Cola and Coffee mixed into a single package seemed a little strange to me, and I can't exactly say I was jumping at the thought of trying it. Then again, I did also happen to go on a journey around my town trying to find a vending machine with it in stock that same day, so who am I kidding.
If you're hoping to quickly jump over to the nearest convenience store and pick one of these up, you're going to be fresh out of luck. For whatever reason, the 150ml canned beverage is a Coca-Cola vending machine exclusive. Getting straight into it, the taste of "Coca-Cola Coffee Plus" is something so far removed from regular drinks, you won't find a valid comparison anywhere. Beginning with a somewhat familiar bubbly kick, you quickly become acquainted with the overpowering taste of coffee that hangs for a period even after finishing. It'll catch you off-guard at first but rapidly found a unique soft spot within my taste palate.
Looking pretty much exactly how you would expect a combination of both Coke and coffee to look, you won't find much surprise there. Where you might find yourself a little surprised however is just how much of a kick this small can packs. With 50% more caffeine than regular Coca-Cola and 50% fewer calories too, you'll hate yourself just a little less for drinking this so often. Unlike its standard Coca-Cola counterpart too, you'll only find yourself spending 130 yen (about $1.15) which is more akin to other similarly sized coffees.
It's uncertain just how long we can expect this drink to remain in vending machines, or if it'll ever make its way out of them for that matter. Between the pain of having to find a Coca-Cola branded vending machine every time I want to enjoy the drink, however, I can only hope the consistent sold-out status of the drink is enough of a no-brainer to get it stocked elsewhere, and perhaps even outside of Japan. If you ever get the chance to try the "Coca-Cola Coffee Plus," I really can't recommend it enough. It's an entirely unique experience, which you definitely won't be seeing anywhere else for some time.
In conclusion, the "Coca-Cola Coffee Plus" is an incredible drink, and don't let anyone else's opinion stop you from enjoying it.