I came across Colombiana soda and it’s not a soda I’ve tasted yet but it got me wondering.
After doing some research I thought I’d put together this article to explain what I found.
The company that makes Colombiana soda has an interesting history, and I was wondering what’s in Colombiana soda, and how it compares to other popular sodas such as Coke, and Pepsi.
Below I’ll explain all of this and more.
What does Colombiana soda taste like?
There are some cream sodas that are red, or blue.
For example, the cream sodas made by Big Red.
And there is also a kind of cream sodas called blue cream sodas.
Because of the color you’d think they taste like blueberry!
According to Wikipedia, Colombiana soda is a type of ‘champagne cola’ made famous by the largest soda producer in South America named Postobón, who provide detailed information about Colombiana soda on this page of their website.
The name champagne cola is somewhat confusing though because it doesn’t actually taste like cola.
And cola is the word commonly used for soda in come countries.
Champagne colas were invented in 1902 in Puerto Rico, by Ángel Rivero Méndez, as stated on Wikipedia.
Champagne colas are also popular in many other countries for example:
- Various Carribean Islands – such as Cole Cold made by S. M. Jaleel and Company
- Jamaica – Made by Desnoes & Geddes (D&G)
- USA – Produced by Cawy Bottling Company
- El Salvador – La Cascada Kolashampan made by Panamerican
- Canada – Kola Champagne soda made by Grace Island Soda
- Norway – Villa Champagnebrus – unfortunately the website is in Norweigen so I’m not sure whether this is the brand or the company.
- Pakistan – Kooler Saudi
- United Kingdom – KA Karibbean Kola produced by A.G. Barr
On Wikipedia it says that Cawy Bottling Company makes Iron Beer, however, this isn’t correct.
Iron Beer is made by Sunshine Bottling Company, as they state on their official website.
When was Colombiana soda made?
The website is completely in Spanish so I had to use Google Translate, however, it was invented in Colombia, a country in the north of South America.
Not to be confused with the District in Columbia in the USA.
Which is now abbreviated to Washington D.C. Or, Washington, District of Columbia.
Colombiana soda sold in the USA is imported by Brooklyn Bottling in New York
The company that makes Colombiana soda now has a large range of drinks, including flavored milk, and juice.
They also have an agreement with PepsiCo which began in 1980, which allowed them to produce and sell Pepsi.
Later in 1999 as part of their partnership with PepsiCo they started to produce and sell 7Up.
And in 2002 they started producing Gatorade.
Colombiana drink ingredients
The official website for Colombiana soda only has a sugar free version of Colombiana soda and they don’t list the ingredients.
The ingredients in Colombiana soda are almost identical to those used in other well known sodas like Coca Cola and Pepsi.
The use of high fructose corn syrup in sodas
It was somewhat surprising to me to learn that Colombiana soda is made using high fructose corn syrup.
Coca Cola by far is the largest seller of sodas in the USA, and 40% of all sodas bought in the USA are Coca Cola brands, as shown by Statista.
The next largest producers of soda are PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper who sell 20% each.
The remaining 20% is made up of lots of different small soda companies.
Coca Cola produced in Mexico is made using sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.
And in the English speaking countries Coca Cola is made using high fructose corn syrup only in the USA and Canada.
Whereas, in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand they use sugar.
So, I thought that other Latin American countries would also use sugar.
People often wonder whether high fructose corn syrup is good for you.
And I covered exactly what it is, and whether it’s bad for you in [this: link, Does Coca Cola Use Corn Syrup?] article.
Does Colombiana soda contain caffeine?
Some sodas for example Mountain Dew contain caffeine, but the amounts are NOT very high.
And Mountain Dew has 55 mg of caffeine per can or 12 oz serving (354 mL), as I showed in [this, link: What’s in a Baja Blast?] article.
According to the FDA and Mayo Clinic, the recommended daily intake of caffeine is 400mg.
Therefore, you could drink 10 cans of Mountain Dew before reaching your daily caffeine limit.
By comparison, a cup of caffeine contains 100mg of coffee.
Therefore, you can drink 4 cups of coffee before getting close to the recommended daily limit.
In the case that the sugar free version of Colombiana soda does contain caffeine my best guess the amounts aren’t very high.
Which is healthier Colombiana soda or Coca Cola?
According to Harvard Medical School the recommended daily intake of sugar is 2 tablespoons, which is equivalent to 28g of sugar.
And anything beyond that increases your risk of heart disease, and cancer.
Here’s a side by side comparison of the popular sodas and Colombiana soda:
|Nutrient per 3.4 oz (100 mL)||Coca Cola||Pepsi||Dr Pepper||Colombiana Soda|
Links to the data provided by the USDA can be found here:
- Coke link
- Pepsi link
- Dr Pepper link
- Colombiana soda link
Based on the data you can see that Colombiana soda, Dr Pepper, and Pepsi have a sugar content of 10g per half a cup – around 3.4 oz (100 mL).
So, to stay under the daily recommended intake of sugar you shouldn’t drink more than 2 cups.
Also, these sodas are a better option than Coke if you’re trying to cut down on calories.
Here’s a summary of the main points covered in this article:
Colombiana soda tastes like a cream soda, but is what’s known as a ‘champagne cola’ in various parts of the world.
Colombiana soda is made and produced in Colombia (the country) by the company Postobón, and was invented in 1904.
It contains similar ingredients to other well known sodas like Coke, and Pepsi.
Colombiana soda does not contain caffeine.
And it contains about the same amount of sugar and calories as Dr Pepper, and Pepsi. However, it has considerably less sugar than Coca Cola.