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Coca-Cola Originated in Spain? Distillery Owner Says So

Coca-Cola Originated in Spain? Distillery Owner Says So
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By    |   Friday, 01 June 2018 02:23 PM

Coca-Cola, the world's best known soft drink, originated in Spain and not in Georgia during the late 1800s, according to the owner of a distillery who charged that Coke's creator used syrup from there to create the American beverage, the Spanish publication El Pais reported Tuesday.

Juan Juan Mico, 79, owner of the Destilerías Ayelo, in the village of Aielo de Malferit, in Spain's Valencia province, told El Pais that the story of Spain's alleged Coca-Cola origins have been handed down for generations.

He said that, according to those stories, Coca-Cola creator John Pemberton used the syrup originally made at his distillery to create the popular drink.

"Everything points to this being the case," José Luis Pinter, the town's mayor told El Pais. "Our aim is to get Coca-Cola to acknowledge the project so that the town will get recognition. We're not seeking anything more than that."

According to the website The Daily Meal, Coca-Cola was invented by Pemberton, a former Confederate colonel who was wounded during the Civil War and had developed an addiction to morphine.

He originally wanted to make an opium-free substitute for morphine that he created at his drugstore in Columbus, Georgia, which served as a prototype for Coca-Cola recipe, The Daily Meal wrote.

As Mico and the folks in Valencia tell it, according to El Pais, three local entrepreneurs -- Enrique Ortiz, Ricardo Sanz and Bautista Aparici -- opened a distillery in town where they created the version of the Coca-Cola syrup.

Aparici, the sales rep for the company, traveled to America with samples from the distillery, including what it called its Kola-coca Superior Syrup. After a trip to Philadelphia, Pemberton had Coca-Cola on the market a year later in Atlanta, El Pais wrote.

Mico argued to El Pais that the ingredients are basically the same except Kola-coca mixed coca leaves and nuts with fresh water. But while Coca-Cola became famous worldwide, Kola-coca ended production.

El Pais wrote that other than folklore, there is no evidence that Aparici ever met or knew anyone connected with Pemberton. There also is a popular belief that Coca-Cola officials came to Spain to buy up Kola-coca to avoid marketing snafus in Spain, but there is no evidence that took place either, the publication stated.

Mico, who has owned the plant since 1971 still makes an alcoholic version of Kola-coca called Kola Nut Liqueur.

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