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Coca Cola

             Did you ever sit down and drink cold Coca-Cola and wonder how did this product come to be? Well, Coca-Cola has quite a story behind it; from the truth of cocaine in the drink to the folklore of it being a medicine mixed with water.
             Coca-Cola was invented on May 8, 1886 by John Pemberton at his home in Atlanta, Georgia. Pemberton attended a pharmacy school and fought for the confederacy before his monumental invention. When wounded in the war, Pemberton became addicted to morphine. Shortly after the war he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and opened a pharmacy. This is were he began making and selling patent medicines such as the popular "French Wine of Coca." This medicine contained cocaine and caffeine from the Kola nut. The "French Wine of Coca" was sold to help cure disturbances of internal plumbing, nervous disorders, and impotency. After November 1885, when Atlanta voted to become a dry city, Pemberton removed the wine and offered his "French Wine of Coca" in a fountain drink or syrup based medicine. .
             The next few months brought on a series of experiments for Pemberton and his new product. He added lots of sugar to mask the bitter tastes of the caffeine and cocaine. Citric acid then was added to provide something that would counter balance the sweetness. He then improved the taste of the mixture by using essential oils of various fruit flavors. He would later call the mixture Coca-Cola.
             A couple of months after John Pemberton had settled on a formula he partnered up with Frank Robinson and David Roe who he had met at his pharmacy. After a year, Coca-Cola soon began to fail like many other Pemberton businesses. Much of this lack of success can be directly attributed to his severe morphine and cocaine addictions. In 1891, John Pemberton died and Asa Chandler bought complete control of Coca-Cola for $2,300. .
             The company took off as soon as Asa Chandler took over the company.

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