So how did the Coca Cola global empire start?
A pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. John Pemberton, invented Coca Cola in May 1886 from a three-legged brass kettle in his backyard. The name of this concoction was suggested by Pemberton’s bookkeeper Frank Robinson.
Robinson was also the one first scripted “Coca Cola” into the flowing letters which has become the brand’s famous logo of today.
The soft drink was initially sold to the public at a soda fountain in May 1886. The soft drink was initially marketed as a tonic and contained extracts of cocaine and the caffeine-rich kola nut.
The next year, Asa Candler, another Atlanta pharmacist and businessman, bought the Coca Cola formula from Pemberton for $2,300. By the late 1890s, Coca Cola was one of the most popular fountain drinks in the United States, primarily due to the aggressive marketing of the product on the part of Candler.
And the rest they say is history.