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Proper Coffee Soda Review

First there was Hop Soda. Then there was Hibiscus Soda.

Now, Proper comes out with something a hair less exotic: a coffee soda.

But I’m a big, big fan of the java. And I will not abide mediocrity.

Can Proper make a proper coffee soda? READ ON.

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Manhattan Special Espresso Coffee Soda Review…MARK II!


The last time I attempted to drink Manhattan Special’s flagship product, for whatever reason, half the bottle fizzed up and all over me, resulting in an unsatisfactory and incomplete review.

The time has come to rectify that.

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Fitz’s Coffee Cola Review

I love coffee, and I love coffee in cola–Succotash in KC has a drink called “The Ray Charles”, wherein espresso is poured into a glass of Mexican Coca-Cola (since that uses cane sugar). It’s delicious. So perhaps this soda, made by Fitz’s Bottling Co. in St. Louis, will be equally tasty.

The first thing I notice is the taste of sweet coffee–almost more like coffee syrup than the brew. But the ingredients list says “Kaldi’s coffee”, so…

The second sip, I get more of a cola taste. It’s still more coffee than cola, which is not really the best configuration, but I’ll stick with it.

Okay, I think this is along the same lines as Manhattan Express’ Espresso Soda. It’s really just a coffee soda. The “cola” is mostly fizz and a little flavoring.

It’s still a bit more syrupy than I really like, but it’s not bad. My love of coffee makes up for its technical shortcomings.

It’s a minor thing, but I really like the coloring of the label–orange (my favorite color) and either a very dark blue or a brown (I can’t quite tell). It just looks nice.

Yeah, it’s not bad. But really, if you can get a Ray Charles (or just make such a drink yourself), do so. It works a lot better with fresh coffee.

I know I had Fitz’s root beer (their flagship product) once, but as I recall, it wasn’t especially memorable.

I will try other coffee sodas, though. I bet they’d make awesome floats.