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Opening Arguments


When I was in high school, there was a Coke machine in the student newspaper office where I spent a lot of my time (the Food Police had not been formed yet), and I am convinced the soda I drank from those 8-oz. glass bottles is the best I ever had, certainly better than the stuff I learned to tolerate later in cans and plastic bottles. Company officials would disagree, insisting that the "great taste of Coca-Cola is the same regardless of the package it comes in.” They'd say it was all in my head, that the "particular way that people choose to enjoy their Coke can affect their perception of taste.” But I'm glad to see there is at least a modicum of scientific evidence to back up my belief that the variation in taste might be real.

Given that the formula is always the same, yes, according to Sara Risch, a food chemist and member of the Institute of Food Technologists. “While packaging and food companies work to prevent any interactions, they can occur,” she says. For example, the polymer that lines aluminum cans might absorb small amounts of soluble flavor from the soda. Conversely, acetaldehyde in plastic bottles might migrate into the soda. The FDA regulates this kind of potential chemical contact, but even minute, allowable amounts could alter flavor.

So there you have it -- Coke in a glass bottle is the only Real Thing, and let's hear no ill-informed dissent. Now, if I could just figure out why ordinary sandwiches tasted so much better wrapped in wax paper (no aluminum foil or plastic wrap, please) and placed in my father's lunch bucket for a couple of hours.


Bob G.
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 11:42am

Got a theory about the lunch box gig...
Our dads lived in a mich more "polluted" environment (leaded gas)...ergo, those pollutants had to have "seeped" PAST that cheap metallic box, past the wax paper and into the food, making it ALL taste better.

Now...if you wanna go "halfsies" on that $400K GOVERNMENT GRANT to honestly RESEARCH this theory, feel free to chat me up, 'K?


Leo Morris
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 2:49pm

In my dad's case, I think it was also the gravel dust at May's Sand & Stone.

tim zank
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 4:03pm

Guys, those sandwiches tasted better cuz they were made with REAL bread, REAL meat, REAL mayo, etc!

Bob G.
Fri, 08/07/2009 - 5:30pm

'Ya know, Leo...Tim just MIGHT be onto something....(another, LARGER GOVERNMENT GRANT to check it out?...we CAN split it THREE ways)


Kevin Knuth
Mon, 08/10/2009 - 8:09am

I am a Pepsi drinker- and I really miss the days of 16oz glass bottles. It DID taste better!

Mark Andrews
Wed, 09/09/2009 - 10:58am

Guys you are missing the point!
The reason those all tasted better was that we were all hard at doing something and when we got to refresh ourselves we really enjoyed it. Now people drink pop just for something to do and eat when they are bored!
Man think how great that water tasted right out of the ground when you were bailing hay all day!!!!

Leo Morris
Wed, 09/09/2009 - 11:09am

When we were doing forced marches in basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and I was feeling particularly weary and parched, I got through it by thinking about a nice, tall pitcher of lemonade. Don't know why -- it's not THAT thirst-quenching -- but it got the job done.