Guaraná (soft drink)

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Guaraná is a soft drink that originated from the guarana fruit.


The processing of the fruit syrup began in Brazil in 1905 by Fara, a physician from the city of Resende, Rio de Janeiro. A soft drink factory, Guaraná Cyrilla, was launched by F. Diefenthaller in 1906 in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul. The drink initially was astringent and markedly bitter and therefore its popularity did not spread. Antarctica developed a process to eliminate the astringency and bitterness, emphasizing the characteristic flavor and aroma of the fruit, launching Guaraná Champagne Antarctica in 1921. Today there are several brands of guarana soda available throughout Brazil.[1]

Another guaraná soft drink was created accidentally in 1920 by pharmacist Jesus Norberto Gomes, in the state of Maranhão. Jesus imported a gasification machine to produce a kind of magnesia fluid, a medicine famous at the time, with extracts of 17 ingredients from the Amazon rainforest, including guarana and cinnamon, but the business did not work. The pharmacist decided to make a drink for his grandchildren and pleased everyone. Over time, the taste of the pink drink has become less popular with people, but it remains quite popular in Maranhão maintaining its original formula. In 2001, Coca-Cola bought this brand.[2]

In Serbia and other Eastern European countries, energy drinks based on guarana are marketed under this name, but without the same sweet flavor as the soda; they have a bitter taste and cardio-accelerating effect.[1]



  1. ^ a b, W3 Corp -. "Guaraná - Mudas - Especiarias | Odair Plantas - Mudas Frutíferas em Herculândia SP". Guaraná - Mudas - Especiarias | Odair Plantas - Mudas Frutíferas em Herculândia SP (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  2. ^ "CMI Brasil - Coca-Cola quer ser dona de Jesus". Archived from the original on 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2015-11-06.