The International Soda Tasting @ Coca Cola Tasting Room
Disney Springs, Florida
Last week we took a mini trip to Orlando, Florida and on the way back we stopped at the newly renovated Disney Springs formerly known as Downtown Disney. Besides having high-end stores and restaurants, to our surprise the Coca Cola building has made its home there as well. A three-story building where the first two floors are for shopping everything displaying the coke log and including products made with coke materials such as clothes, cooking ware, sodas and much more and on the third floor there is a tasting room or bar where you can buy cups and you can taste the soda of your preference.
This post is short and sweet, It is about the tasting room on the third floor. We got to the rooftop which you can either walk or take the red elevators. We chose to walk, handicap accessible by the way. The rooftop is very nice, of course you will see the red elevator doors, white tables and chairs, greenery and the view of the outdoor mall. As we walked around to see what exactly happens on the rooftop we noticed that many people had trays with small cups with either sodas or floats. We walked over to the counter and we asked what is the process and the explained that you can buy a soda by the ounce, try sodas from different countries and try different soda floats. My kids immediately chose the tray where they get to taste the sodas of the world. The Taste The World tray is $8.99 and brings 16 samples of sodas from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Tasting the world trays featured sixteen sparkling and still beverages from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. I like the quote written on the pamphlet that comes with the trays, it says “The Tastes Of The World experience represents the diversity of their beverages” .
The countries that we sampled were:
- Stoney Tangawizi from Tanzania
- Fanta Exotic Fruit Punch from Uganda
- Bon bon Anglais from Madagascar
- Sunfill Mint from Djibouti – not our favorite (tasted like mouthwash)
- Minute Maid Joy Apple from Korea
- Fanta Apple Kiwi from Thailand
- Smart Watermelon from China
- Thums Up from India
- Beverly from Italy
- Aquarius Libre from Spain
- Fuse Tea with Berries from Georgia
- Bonaqua Fruits Apple Pear from Germany
- Lift Manzana from Chile – very similar to the soda in my country of Ecuador called Tropical
- Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica (this too was very tasty)
- Inca Kola from Peru- Ask any South American person if they like Inca Kola and the answer is of course, or at least I love it
- Delaware Punch from Honduras
I have to say that not all the samples were tasty, as you can see on my son’s face on the video below, they were really bad; however, there were some really good ones that once you taste them will definitely resemble sodas that you probably had in your travels.
You will also find discontinued sodas, such as a soda called “surge” which my sons’ found and had to buy.
So, if you are in the Disney Springs area in Orlando, Florida make sure that you stop at the Coca Cola building, whether you are browsing through their coca cola stores where you will find unique items made with coca cola materials such as this purse made from the tabs of the coke cans or on the roof enjoying a soda from Peru(my favorite one) your family will enjoy.