Do I need to write about Coca Cola? As sold in almost every country in the world (except North Korea and Cuba) it's by far the most popular carbonized soft-drink in the world. Coca Cola was invented by John Pemberton. In 1885 he made French Wine Coca as an alternative medicine for his morphine addiction. It was inspired by the French Vin Mariani, a extract of coca leafs in Bordeaux wine. Due to the prohibition of alcohol in1886, Pemberton made a non-alcoholic syrup variant. Combined with carbonated water it became Coca-Cola, named after the two main ingredients, coca leafs and kola beans. According Pemberton, it was a good medicine to cure many diseases like morphine addiction, nerve diseases, headache and impotence. In those days Coca-Cola contained cocaine from the coca leafs and caffeine from the kola nuts, which explained the effects. Nowadays Coca-Cola uses coca leafs where the cocaine has been removed by extraction. The cocaine produced by this process is used in the pharmaceutical industry.