What Coke Contains — Editors’ Picks — Medium

I thought Coke was made by Santa’s elves in the off season.

The finished product is transported by road to a distribution center, and then to my local Vons. The tools, which span from bauxite bulldozers to refrigerators via urethane, bacteria and cocaine, produces 70 million cans of Coca-Cola each day, one of which can be purchased for about two quarters on most street corners, and each of which contains far more than something to drink. Like every other tool, a can of Coke is a product of our world entire and contains inventions that trace all the way back to the origins of our species.

The number of individuals who know how to make a can of Coke is zero. The number of individual nations that could produce a can of Coke is zero. This famously American product is not American at all. Invention and creation is something we are all in together. Modern tool chains are so long and complex that they bind us into one people and one planet. They are not only chains of tools, they are also chains of minds: local and foreign, ancient and modern, living and dead — the result of disparate invention and intelligence distributed over time and space. Coca-Cola did not teach the world to sing, no matter what its commercials suggest, yet every can of Coke contains humanity’s choir.

Since I’m on the topic of soda making,  “It tastes like ketchup soda,” he said. “Maybe you should go back to the egg cream.”

And:

via What Coke Contains — Editors’ Picks — Medium.

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