Pure Sodaworks Strawberry Jalapeno has both strawberries and jalapenos in the ingredients. Pure Sodaworks Honey Lime has both honey and lime in the ingredients. This begs the question, what does Pure Sodaworks Café Cola have in it? We know they’ll be using 100% natural ingredients, but what are they? Why aren’t I reading the ingredients right now since the bottle simply sits inches away? Ok, I’ve tortured myself enough. Here is what makes up a bottle of Pure Sodaworks Café Cola: Sparkling Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Herbs and Spices, Caramel Color (from cane sugar), Espresso, and Citric Acid. So while that may be a bit more complicated than “Honey + Lime = Soda”, you can’t deny that doesn’t include anything you couldn’t easily find at your local grocer. Perhaps some of the “herbs and spices” would be difficult, but for the sake of this review let’s pretend they’re there too and move on.
Something that struck me as odd is that this is cola seems overly dark in color, so dark that when I shine a flashlight up from the bottom of the bottle the light doesn’t make it all the way to the top. You haven’t heard of this time tested test of soda color? This isn’t something I’m going to start doing “on the reg”, but I figured in this case it’d be kinda fun. Sorry to have wasted your time, I guess I’ll just open it now.
Wow, the spices used are quite pungent. It’s like I have a basket of cola potpourri and next to me and why wouldn’t I? I like the finer things in life too. Cola potpourri, Dr Pepper Febreeze, root beer candles… you know, the norm. Time for a drink.
I’m somewhat thankful that the spice isn’t as noticed in the taste as it is the smell. My tongue is greeted with a strong cola flavor that lacks the bite that so many of us are used too in our Coca-Cola brand Cokes. What fills this void of harshness is the smooth sensation of cola made sharp only by the carbonation that dances around it. It’s not so sweet that you couldn’t enjoy it with a meal, but it does seem a touch more sugary than what you might be expecting.
If this were the end of the experience I’d say Pure Sodaworks Café Cola was an above average cola that I was happy to try, then I’d go about my day. Thankfully this is not the case. The espresso included sets Café Cola even further ahead of the pack by giving the final moments of each sip as well as the aftertaste a roasted coffee flavor. I personally hate the taste of coffee, but I absolutely love the way it smells. Pure Sodaworks Café Cola transmogrifies the scent of coffee into a taste and lets it run slightly behind the lead horse named Cola. This roasted bean makes all the difference in the world making this beverage quite sapid. Drink this cola if you like colas. Drink this cola if you like coffee. Drink this cola if you like sodas. Drink this cola.
Verdict – Buy Stock in the Company
This beverage supplied to us by Pure Sodaworks