Today, Coca-Cola’s iconic Contour bottle turned the ripe old age of 100. To celebrate, we’ve hand-picked 25 Coke articles from the Lifehacker archives, including taste tests, cleaning hacks and instructions on how to brew your own. Cheers!
Coca-Cola is today celebrating the 100th birthday of its patented Contour glass bottle. The original was designed by one Earl R. Dean in 1915 and was supposed to resemble a coca leaf (nobody on the design team actually knew what a coca leaf looked like, however.)
Coke has featured regularly on Lifehacker — both as a DIY ingredient for a range of different life hacks and as the focus of various taste tests. Click on the headlines to go to each article!
Coke Life is a new “mid calorie” soft drink that uses a natural sweetener extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. Unlike Coke Zero or Diet Coke, it has been specifically formulated to match the taste of the real thing. But how similar is it really? To put Coke’s claims to the test, we subjected our co-workers to a blind taste test. The results were pretty surprising.
The best, most grown-up way to “have energy” is to get enough sleep, eat food that grows out of the ground, and exercise (which I swear I do, mum). But life isn’t perfect and we all need a little external stimulus every now and again, which is why Espresso Coke is my new afternoon beverage of choice.
taste-tested Coca-Cola’s Ice Up
Bad news for Coca-Cola fans: A new UK study has found drinking a single can of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 22 per cent. The risk remains frighteningly high even after discounting associated weight gains.
If you’re a chronic neglecter of your watering duties, you may have looked into finding ways to have your plants watered automatically. Enter the glass bottle, or more specifically, the cool-looking glass Coke bottle that we all love (unless you’re a Pepsi fan, in which case you can go that route, too).
The Unusual Food Handler weblog has whipped together a home-made method for making Coca-Cola that by their admission is slightly sweeter, slightly less acidic, but remarkably delicious.