A small Spanish distillery in the village of Aielo de Malferit claims to have invented the famous recipe, and now seeks recognition. The current owner Juan Juan Micó, 79, reports that the recipe, originally called 'Kola-coca', is kept in a safe on the premises.
The original Coca-Cola recipe contains coca leaves, kola nuts and soda water. The only difference between this and the Kola-coca is that the Spanish drink is mixed with fresh water, rather than soda water.
The 4,700-strong village stands firm behind Juan. According to the story, three local entrepreneurs opened the distillery 138 years ago.
The sales representative of the trio was reported to have travelled with a suitcase of samples to market their products – including a trip to Philadelphia in 1885. One year later, pharmacist John Pemberton put Coca-Cola on the market in Atlanta, Georgia.
The village believes that representatives of Coca-Cola visited Aielo in the first half of the twentieth century to buy Kola-coca and prevent any problems marketing their product in Spain. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of this.
Due to the global popularity of Coca-Cola, Kola-coca eventually went out of production. Today, the distillery continues to produce an alcoholic version of their Kola-coca, called Kola Nut Liqueur.
The village's authorities have written to the US company seeking recognition and permission to publicly explain the connection between the two.
"Our aim is to get Coca-Cola to acknowledge the project so that the town will get recognition. We're not seeking anything more than that," Aielo's mayor told Spanish newspaper El Pais.
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