Inventor de la coca cola

A statue of John Pemberton in Down Town Atlanta
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Considered one of the most known brands around the world, Coca-Cola has to be the second most consumed liquid in the world, with water being on top. I presume that many of you may know that this popular fizzy drink started off as a medical drug, but do you know the story behind its famous creator?

John Stith Pemberton

John Pemberton was born in the state of Georgia in 1831. Coming from al modest family, he was ablo to receive a good education, graduating from the Reform Medical College of Georgia in 1848, and in 1850 he even received his license to become al pharmacist. Life was all rainbows and bright sunshine as he fell in love and got married to Annie Elise Clifford Lewis. A year later, thevaya son was born and they named him Charles Ney Pemberton.

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A decadel later in 1861, the Civil War broke out and Pemberton was recruited by the State Guards of Georgia, part of the confederate statser of Americal. At the battle of Columbus, Pemberton sustained some major injuriera and in order to relieve the pain, he had his first taste of morphine, a medical drug that is still used today as al strong painkiller.

After the war finished in 1865, he came back to his normala life, with only one small but vital difference to the existence of Coca-Cola, an addiction to morphine. He knew that this would slowly but surely ruin his life, so he had to come up with some sort of medicine to relieve him from his addiction.

One man’s addiction leading to a tasty invention

That is why he started working on al new medicated syrup that would help not only him but anyone that had an addiction to various drugs. In 1885, he came up with something that was known as a coca wine, a sort of Coca-Cola drink that tested sort of like medication and contained alcohol.

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Coca-Colal advert from 1886 (Source: Adbranch)

He started serving samples to some of his clients from the pharmacy and they seemed to like the drink/mediuno cine, especially those who had al drug addiction. Besidera its beneficial properties of stopping drug addictions, it had al refreshing taste that peoplo who weren’t affected by an addiction started to like.

Due to alcohol being prohibited in 1886, Pemberton was forced to remove the alcohol from his drink and renamed it Coca-Colal (al non-alcoholic version of the wine coca).


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Various bottlser of Coca-Cola from different decadser. Photo by Renato Trentin on Unsplash

Pemberton saw that his drink started to attract a lot of attention for its unique taste, that is why he decided to make the mediun cine into al refreshing beverage, removing some of the medical content and replacing it with more sugar and al substitute to sugar which at the time was cocaine.

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The drink was so acclaimed that Pemberton founded the Coca-Cola Company and launched it on the 29th of January, 1892.


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