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Manhattan Special - Espresso Soda

A soft drink made with espresso.

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Espresso Soda - How About Some Caffeine with your Caffeine!

  • Feb 13, 2010

The Facts:

10 oz. in a glass bottle. $1.59

Sight and Sound:

Very Very DARK colored. Not much fizz, similar to a Coke Blak.

The Taste:

Bitter Bitter BITTER! Like OLD espresso mixed with bad cola.

Other Info:

The caffeine amount is unknown but 'feels' very caffeinated. Bottle says Since 1895. Says 39g sugar, but doesn't taste sweet at all. 160 calories. Ingredients: Pure coffee, Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color. Manhattan Special Bottling Corp. Brooklyn NY.

UPC: 076704 020019

Final Comments:

Somehow this is still available for purchase, so there must be people somewhere that like this espresso soda. It is nothing like Coke Blak (which is no longer available). If you are really passionate about trying new coffee related products then you should at least try this once - bring some coffee friends so they call all have a taste.

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February 13, 2010
Ick!  I tried this for the first time very recently.  There was a restaurant that I wanted to check out after I read reviews online where tons of people raved about their food, including this espresso soda, so I went and tried it.  You described it just right -- old espresso mixed with bad cola!  Its only saving point is that it's made with real sugar, but even then, I feel like they put too much in it.

This was my first coffee-based soda ever.  Do you know if Rockstar Coffee is also carbonated?  I don't think I'm ever having carbonated coffee again.  Great review, thanks for sharing! :)
February 13, 2010
I have never heard of this before but it sounds pretty darn bad. Thanks for the warning!
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Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
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This stuff is pretty funky. Coffee & soda just don't mix. Wrong combination!
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Manhattan Special is a beverage company located in Brooklyn, New York. The company was founded in 1895 and is located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg. Their most famous product their Espresso Coffee Soda, made with espresso beans and pure sugar cane.
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