The Surprising Origin Story Of The Iconic Coca-Cola Bottle


More than 100 years ago, the first bottle of Coca-Cola was created. At the time, soda companies all had similar bottle designs and the beverage company wanted to find a way to stand out from its competitors. Coke announced that they would be holding a competition for anyone who could create a distinct bottle that would be recognized by all, Quartz reports.


The winning design came from a team from the Root Glass Company, based in Indiana. Quartz spoke to Coca-Cola’s director of heritage communications who says that the group drew inspiration from a cocoa pod with “an elongated shape and distinct ribs.”

Legend has it, they went to the library trying to learn more about the word coca. Instead, they found cocoa and decided to just have fun with the concept. While the designers knew they beverage had nothing to do with cocoa, they thought the cocoa pod was interesting enough to base their designs of the, now iconic, contour bottle off of.

The bottle won the team $500 ($11,700 after adjusted for inflation). The rest is history.

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This SINGLE Capsule Machine Can Make Coffee, Soda and Juice


Looks like having a coffee pod machine, a soda stream and a juicer all separately is no longer necessary. A new beverage appliancance found in Sao Paolo, Brazil, works as all three in one.

Kind of like a Keurig, all consumers need to do is insert a capsule into a slot and the machine starts brewing drinks. The options also include a cold and a fizzy option, according to Reuters.

The B.blend machine was created to compete with all the coffee and soda making machines currently in the market. Taking the purpose of the two machines, combining them and even adding a third juice function, the B.blend is said to be the first ever of its kind.

Designed by Design Inverso in a partnership with Whirlpool, the machine looks to only be available in Brazilian markets currently.

However, unlike the Keurig machine which runs for $199, the B.blend will set you back about $1,150. Guess that’s the price that comes with convenience.