Coke vs. Pepsi

Madeleine Kobes — Staff Writer

Pop, soda, or Coke — whatever you might call it, carbonated beverages are a popular drink to enjoy while eating at the Commons or the Grille. But this year, favorite flavors such as Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew can no longer be found on campus. Dordt University switched from Pepsi products to Coke products, and everyone has an opinion about it.

The change from Coke to Pepsi has elicited both positive and negative responses. Students have strong opinions about the flavor differences between Coke and Pepsi. Unfortunately for those who prefer the sweeter taste of Pepsi, it does not look like they will be able to get any on campus anytime soon.

However, there is also nothing like the classic taste of Coca-Cola. Many students are excited that Coke is available on campus and prefer the variety Coke has to offer.

“I have always been a big supporter of Coca-Cola,” sophomore Isabel Boer said. “Because Coke is better than Pepsi and Sprite is better than Sierra Mist.”

With the introduction of Coke and Sprite, the pop options on campus have changed. Dr. Pepper, Sierra Mist, and Mountain Dew are no longer available. While many are upset that their favorite pop flavors are no longer being offered on campus, there are many who are excited to have new options such as Barq’s Root Beer, Sprite, and Fanta.

“I’m just mad that there’s no Dr. Pepper,” sophomore Marissa Wielenga said. “I don’t care about the other changes.”

Everyone has a different opinion. It would be impossible to satisfy everyone’s preferences. Additionally, many people enjoy flavors from both Coke and Pepsi and would be unhappy about changes either way. There are benefits and drawbacks to both, depending on individual preference.

With so many varieties of Coke, there are more flavor options. The Grille now offers Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, and Cherry Coke. Having this many varieties of the same drink seems unnecessary, especially when there are some drinks that are not offered at all.

More important than the debate on Coke products versus Pepsi products: why is there no lemonade at the Grille?

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