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Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is available in stores, hot off the heels of their energy drink. Bombi Mavundza/Business Insider South Africa
  • Coca-Cola Plus Coffee has just been launched in South Africa, hot on the heels of the new Coke Energy drink.
  • The new cola contains Brazilian coffee powder with 34mg caffeine in the 200ml can.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider South Africa.

Hot on the heels of the launch of Coke Energy in South Africa, Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is now also available locally.

The new Coke is infused with 100% Brazilian coffee bean powder and comes in a 200ml can. It has quite the caffeine kick: 34mg per 200ml can. By comparison, a 250ml can of Red Bull has 80mg caffeine.

According to the World Health Organisation, the daily allowable caffeine intake for an adult is 400mg.

"(Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is therefore) far below the normal requirement, but like anything people need to understand to consume it in moderation and have it as part of a balanced beverage intake across the board," said  Bernard Pieters, Coca-Cola's head of integrated marketing communications.

It will be available at various stores across the country and will sell for around R12. For comparison, you can get a 500ml sugar-free Coca-Cola for under R10 at some outlets.

Read also: We tried new Coca-Cola Energy – which just landed in South Africa – and it has the same kick as Red Bull for less money

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Taste test

We rounded up a group of tasters, some of whom expressed reservations about the extra caffeine. 

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"I am concerned as to how this will affect my health and most importantly my heart, considering that this will be a double shot of caffeine," said one unwilling participant.

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A good luck toast before the strong caffeine hit. Photo: Bombi Mavundza

But they were won over by the taste. It had a strong coffee flavour, combined with a pleasant sugary taste. It tastes like coffee first, with a Coke aftertaste, one taster remarked.

"It taste like cappuccino and cupcakes actually," said another tester. A can contains around 159 kilojoules.

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Despite the double caffeine hit, the tasters didn't experience a strong kick. 

While one of the tasters wouldn't buy it again (unless it's a Monday morning and she needed a "heavy coffee boost"), in all, it mostly received a positive reception.

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This article has been updated to correct the amount of caffeine in Red Bull.

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