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Can You Tell Coke From Pepsi In A Blind Test?  
User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1640 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi in a blind test?

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User currently offlinePs762 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2012, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Hi!

Wow I remember people used to ask this question all the time in the 80s! Shows my age! I have never tried it but I think I could. I don't know though. They taste kinda different to me. I think I could definitely do a coke/diet coke test or pepsi/diet pepsi test though. What would be tough for me would be coke verses coke zero. To me they taste quite similar.

Many thanks,

P.


User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

In a heart beat. Pepsi is to sweet and lacks enough carbonation.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27339 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

Yes although I like both.

As above I remember ads like these in the 80's :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7lw_vhxtNc


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1939 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

We should keep in mind that Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes. So I think it would be extremely difficult to tell unless you were in your home territory.

With that said, I did a Coke/Pepsi blind taste test a few years back at Wonderland (amusement park outside of Toronto) and easily determined which was which. I find Pepsi to be a lot sweeter, and Coke has a kind of "gritty" (for lack of a better term) feel to it. I don't really drink either on a regular basis unless there's some white rum in the glass, but I find them entirely interchangeable. I never fully understood the people who will only drink one or the other.



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
We should keep in mind that Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes. So I think it would be extremely difficult to tell unless you were in your home territory.

In Coca-Cola proper, at least, the only thing that varies is the sweetener that is used. That is left to the individual bottling partner to determine which sweetener (HFCS or sugar) to use. Often the driving factor is simply price and/or supply of a specific sweetener.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

Of course! Anyone who can't has probably got no tongue. The two taste radically different.


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User currently offline777222LR From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 137 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

Coke tastes entirely different from Pepsi...

Personally, I have always thought that Coke is sweeter and has a richer flavor.


User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6960 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

Pepsi has lost the fight here so I have not tasted it in ages but I think I would be able to make the difference. I'm talking about the bottled/canned product here, not what you can get at McDonald's or the theater fountain and can vary quite a bit. I can definitely recognize coke/light/zero, I can drink zero without really enjoying it, and find light terrible.


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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

Yes. Even easier if both are made with real sugar instead of that nasty corn syrup. I always found Pepsi to have a bit of a citrus after-taste. I like them both even though I am from Atlanta. I always preferred them in the original-size bottles. I still buy Cokes in the original size bottles, although I load up on them when I drive to Atlanta. Something about a Coke from Atlanta. Just doesn't taste as good anywhere else.


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User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6178 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3024 times:
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Quoting Ps762 (Reply 1):
Wow I remember people used to ask this question all the time in the 80s! Shows my age

Wasn't it called the "Pepsi Challenge"?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Yes although I like both.

I like them both too. I have bottles of both in my refrigerator right now.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
Coke and Pepsi both are different from region to region in order to cater to local tastes

Around Detroit I find both Pepsi and Coke imported from Mexico in 12oz or 16oz bottles with a pry off cap. I believe they are not made from corn syrup. They both taste better than the locally bottled stuff you can buy.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 10):
Around Detroit I find both Pepsi and Coke imported from Mexico in 12oz or 16oz bottles with a pry off cap. I believe they are not made from corn syrup. They both taste better than the locally bottled stuff you can buy.

Coke from a glass bottle tastes awesome. Come to think of it, all drinks taste better from glass than plastic - and beer tastes better from glass than a can, but then that's another thread.....



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Well, never tried it as a blind test, but I'm pretty confident I could.

Coke tastes better to me. Pepsi (at least in the States) is not that good; there's some weird after-taste/aroma.

I remember they once had some sort of Pepsi "exotic"... Tasted exactly like how I imagine soap to taste like.

That said, I love the Jewish holiday season, when they have the yellow-bottled coke made with real sugar. Has a richer taste than the HFCS one.


User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6178 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2956 times:
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Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I remember they once had some sort of Pepsi "exotic"...

Was it Pepsi Clear? I remember that stuff was nasty.



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1939 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 5):
In Coca-Cola proper, at least, the only thing that varies is the sweetener that is used.

I had a conversation with a good friend a few months back about this, but with beer. He has been living out in northern Alberta for over a year now and says that the Molson Canadian there is miles better than the Molson Canadian in southern Ontario. He says it's because the brewery where he lives uses water from cleaner sources, and the taste difference is noticeable.

I would assume that the water used in the production of cola may have some impact as well?

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 5):
Often the driving factor is simply price

At least in the US, the use of HFCS is politically influenced. The high cost of producing sugar on American soil, coupled with tariffs placed on imported sugar by the US government, pretty much forced the hand of beverage producers to stop using real sugar. This is probably why falstaff prefers Mexican Coke.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 8):
I can drink zero without really enjoying it, and find light terrible.

They're the same thing   Coke Zero is just re-branded Diet Coke. The company found that men associated the word "diet" with something women would drink, so they avoided buying it. So they created Coke Zero (with sleek black label and all) to attract the male segment to their low-calorie product.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 10):
Wasn't it called the "Pepsi Challenge"?

The Pepsi Challenge was in the late-90's. I only know this because I remember the Pepsi Challenge campaign, and I wasn't around in the 80's  



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3016 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

Without a doubt. I do not like Pepsi at all; I can tell immediately.

It's a pet peeve of mine when they don't tell me they only carry Pepsi and bring it to me. I don't drink it.



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2915 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
At least in the US, the use of HFCS is politically influenced. The high cost of producing sugar on American soil, coupled with tariffs placed on imported sugar by the US government, pretty much forced the hand of beverage producers to stop using real sugar. This is probably why falstaff prefers Mexican Coke.

Yep - still comes down to price  
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 14):
I would assume that the water used in the production of cola may have some impact as well?

Disclaimer: I work for The Coca-Cola Company (corporate side, not production or supply chain)

Coke uses stringent water quality controls and filters and processes water to the same standard at any facility. The water going in to the facility is definitely different - but the water going into a Coke is the same. I'm sure our corporate site (www.thecoca-colacompany.com) has additional info if you're curious.


And yes, as an employee, I can tell a difference between our product and other cola products. 



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 13):

Was it Pepsi Clear? I remember that stuff was nasty.

Don't think that was it.

My best guess is that it was "Pepsi Summer Mix", although it wasn't summer. Anyway, something similar at least.


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Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2896 times:
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I can tell pretty quick. I'm not a big fan of Pepsi but I enjoy a nice Coca Cola. Probably not instantly like some soda aficionados, but at least after a sip or too. Pepsi to me tastes sweeter. Coke has a nice aftertaste too.
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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

In a heartbeat ! I like pepsi on occasion, but overall, I don't drink very much carbonated stuff; coke I can't stand. If I was lost in the sahara desert, hadn't had drink for a week, and someone offered me a gallon of coke or a glass of water, I'd drink the water and "press on". carbonated drinks are BAD for your health ! (BTW....how do you think I managed to become 80 ? )

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6344 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

I will freely admit that I could not tell the difference. But then I have had neither in over 30 years so that may be the problem.


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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5561 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 2):

Took the words from my mouth. Especially when both sodas are from warm bottles but with ice., Canned and chilled, it's closer. But I still go with Coke. Coke is usually stronger in Carbination and not quite as sweet. However with any soda it depends on the region and where it's bottled. Sometimes, Sams Club (WalMart) and other "generic" brands hit the spot especially when cold and from the can or smaller sized bottle.



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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 985 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

I can tell them apart right away. I find Pepsi to be sweeter, and thinner, while Coke is not as sweet, but thicker and more "syrupy". Not exactly an aftertaste, but Coke also seems to leave a glue-like coating on my teeth afterwards. I compared the ingredients some time ago, and I believe Coke contain caramel, and Pepsi does not - this might explain the texture difference I notice. Since I don't like the sweetness of Pepsi, or the texture of Coke, I haven't had either of them in a long time.

This topic may be Coke Vs. Pepsi, but I have to say RC (Royal Crown) Cola smokes them both! 
Not too sweet, not too syrupy, and no aftertaste.




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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I love the Jewish holiday season, when they have the yellow-bottled coke made with real sugar.

We shouldn't have to wait for a religious holiday to enjoy a Coke made with sugar. Real "Classic" Coke is made with sugar. The label on Coke made with corn syrup is a lie if it says "Classic".
I can buy Pepsi made with sugar at Wal-Mart anytime.

Quoting Skydrol (Reply 22):
RC (Royal Crown) Cola smokes them both!

Agreed!



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3016 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2715 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 23):
We shouldn't have to wait for a religious holiday to enjoy a Coke made with sugar. Real "Classic" Coke is made with sugar. The label on Coke made with corn syrup is a lie if it says "Classic".
I can buy Pepsi made with sugar at Wal-Mart anytime.

I don't. I get the Mexican one; widely available in Los Angeles.



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25 KiwiRob : The Pepsi Challenge has been around since 1975. The main upshot of the Pepsi challenge was the most people prefered Pepsi which lead Coke to make one
26 nws2002 : Not in the U.S. Coke Zero uses the Classic Coca-Cola recipe but uses artificial sweeteners in place of sugar or HFCS. Diet Coke is based on the "New
27 Marcus : Yes I can.....Coke for me
28 ajd1992 : I can tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke and all the different varieties. Pepsi Max is my favourite. Normal Coke is incredibly bitter to me.
29 oldman55 : Yes! Coke for me; and not Diet or Zero or whatever the latest fad is. I have also tried the Coke from Mexico and it really didn't taste any better to
30 Post contains links Superfly : Night & day. I like Coke. I can't stand Pepsi. Coke taste better and it mixes well with rum and whiskey. Pepsi doesn't mix well with anything and
31 Post contains links shamrock350 : I've done the "Pepsi Challenge" and Coca Cola won, I could tell instantly. I like both anyway but I find Coca Cola more refreshing whereas Pepsi is sw
32 AR385 : Thing is, this is a myth nowadays. Sugar plantations in Mexico went the way of the Dodo during the 90s. Most Coke in Mexico, can or glass bottle is s
33 Braniff747SP : What we get is made with sugar. There is a market for it. If you know were to get it, it's not even that much more expensive--maybe fifty cents, well
34 sprout5199 : Well coke is a power that you snort, Pepsi is what you drink when you have cotton mouth after some good weed. Are we talking about the same thing? Yes
35 Darksnowynight : Not to me. I saw a taste test once (as in not a commercial) where a number of selections were labeled "Coke" or "Pepsi", and people swore they were r
36 Max Q : The Mexican Coke in the glass bottles I buy is made with real sugar. Ingredients are right on the label. It is simply the best and worth the price.
37 Geezer : Not trying to be disagreeable here; however.........in my "family", there are only two people.......my wife and myself; my wife has ALWAYS insisted o
38 ALTF4 : I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find any real disadvantages to carbonated water. Plenty of bogus science out there saying the carbon makes y
39 Post contains images Superfly : Diet taste like they added bleach. That must have been the one I drank.
40 Darksnowynight : Well... I do like my bleaches carbonated, so..... I honestly don't think it's all that bad. In fact, on the occasion that I drink regular soda, it re
41 L0VE2FLY : Same here, they taste almost the same to me. Actually Pepsi has 2 more grams of sugar per 12 FL OZ (355 ml.) can. I don't find it that nasty, the art
42 Aesma : I don't think corn syrup is common here, however we make plenty of sugar from beet. I just looked at a can and it's made with sugar.
43 Darksnowynight : Yup. In fact, one guy said the Birch Beer was Crystal Pepsi. Remember that one?
44 Aesma : I agree with your marketing explanation but I still think the recipe is not the same.
45 KiwiRob : I don't think so, at Burger King here in Norway they have Coke Zero and Diet Coke in the fountains, now why would they have both if they are the same
46 northstardc4m : It would depend where... and from what source In Canada from can or bottle yes not problem Pepsi is far sweeter tasting and has a sticky aftertaste. F
47 dc9northwest : Yeah, it's definitely the case for me from aspartame. Don't know about other sweeteners, and it doesn't happen every time... but it does happen in &g
48 ALTF4 : haha, uhh, no. Not even close.
49 Darksnowynight : Literally with this thread in mind, I read the label-backs of a Diet Coke 2L & a Coke Zero 2L at a Ralph's a few hours ago. FWIW, there are in fa
50 stlgph : yes, it's easy. they're distinctive in smell and in color. pepsi is lighter. and i like pepsi better, but if i'm putting vanilla or cherry in it ....
51 L0VE2FLY : It's all about the cost. The United States is the largest corn producer and exporter in the world, HFCS is used in a huge variety of products here. P
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