Pepsi is launching a new drink that combines soda and coffee

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We’ve all had days where one cup of coffee just isn’t going to cut it, and while you could keep guzzling more java, Pepsi is offering a new solution for those of us jonesing for a bigger caffeine boost.

Hitting store shelves in April 2020, the soda-maker‘s newest beverage, Pepsi Café, combines the taste of coffee with a Pepsi cola. Available in two flavors, original and vanilla, Pepsi Café has nearly double the amount of caffeine than a regular Pepsi cola and will come in 12-ounce slim cans, making it easier to take on the go than a cup of coffee.

“We are confident that cola fans, iced coffee drinkers and anyone in need of an extra caffeine boost will love the unexpected flavor medley of roasted coffee infused into the refreshing, crisp flavor of Pepsi,” Todd Kaplan, VP of marketing, Pepsi, said in a press release.


If this all sounds familiar, it’s because Pepsi released a similar drink called Pepsi Kona (a mix of Pepsi and Kona coffee) in 1996.

There’s also already a pretty similar drink from Pepsi’s rival, Coca-Cola.

After launching in other countries like Japan, Australia, Italy and Thailand over the past few years, according to CNN Business, Coca-Cola Coffee Plus may soon be in the U.S., too. Prior to Coca-Cola Coffee Plus, there was Coca-Cola Blak, a coffee-flavored Coca-Cola, which launched in 2006, but was discontinued just 17 months later.

You can make a version of it yourself, find some for sale on eBay or simply wait for Coca-Cola Coffee Plus to hit stores, as it sounds like it is essentially the same thing — just with a different name.


If you’re interested in these cola-coffee drinks simply for the extra caffeine, there’s also Jolt Cola, which you may remember from the ’80s. It recently made a comeback and is now available at Dollar General and on Amazon.

Jolt Cola contains a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 160 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 34 milligrams of caffeine, so Jolt is like drinking four and a half cans of Coca-Cola.


Will you be trying Pepsi’s new Pepsi Café when it hits store shelves next year?

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