Coke Zero in Thailand

This post has been moved from Coffee Hero. It was originally written on January 12, 2010.

Even though I quit drinking Coke Zero in 2008, I make an exception when I’m in a hot place far from quality coffee. So in 2009, I drank Coke Zero in Thailand, Cambodia and New Orleans. Coke Zero is my caffeinated insurance policy when I’m surrounded with bad coffee and tea.

This week Venezuela devalued their currency by 50%, which got me thinking that it might make for nice cheap trip. But then I recalled that Venezuela banned the sale of Coke Zero last June. Guess I could always pack my own tea.


Venezuela Bans Sale of Coke Zero – BBC news story from June 11, 2009

Chavez Devalues Venezuela’s Currency – WSJ story from January 9, 2010.

Yes, It’s Over, Call It A Day, Sorry That It Had To End This Way – Blog post on why I quit drinking Coke Zero…at least when I’m surrounded by good coffee.


  1. Mark says

    I found this entry while trying to find out why it’s difficult to get Coke Zero and Coke light in supermarkets in Thailand.

    I am a bit confused though, why would you think you’d get bad coffee in Venezuela?

  2. says

    @Mark – Latin American countries tend to over-roast coffee. I have also found in my travels that countries that grow coffee tend to make the worst coffee. (I’ve had awful coffee in Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina)

    Meanwhile, colder climates that can’t grow coffee excel more at roasting and brewing. (USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan)


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