Mitsuya Craft Cola from Asahi Soft Drinks

Following the Suntory Craft Boss PET-bottled coffee, I bought another “craft” thing today for refreshment from a vending machine outside on my way home from work.

Here in Japan, “craft” soft drinks have become a fad, and Craft Cola has been recently in the spotlight since Asahi Soft Drinks put theirs on the market in January of this year (2022) from its prestigious Mitsuya brand.

Mitsuya Craft Cola 

Mitsuya Craft Cola Canned Drink from Asahi Beverages

Japanese craft cola has its roots in Caleb’s Kola, released by PepsiCo in 2018.

In the same year, Japan’s first craft cola, Iyoshi Cola and Tomo Cola debuted, and in 2021, Umami Cola got attention for its healthful elements.

And this year, one of Japan’s top beverage companies, Asahi Soft Drinks, finally entered the market, which is why craft cola has become a thing in Japan.

Asahi Beverages Mitsuya Craft Cola

Although the cola called craft cola is generally made by simmering various spices, herbs, and citrus fruits together and sweetened with sugars, 

(as with the Mitsuya Cider soda pop) this Craft Cola (Price: 110 yen) adopts a non-heating production method and brings out the best from the ingredients, including eight carefully-selected secret spices. 

Nonetheless, as the punch of spices isn’t strong enough, there are pros and cons. But to me, the cola drink tastes like a Dagashi, and I felt a sense of affinity, though it is a little too sweet.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Mitsuya Craft Cola 350 ML Can Ingredients Nutrition Facts Calories Label

Ingredients in the Mitsuya Craft Cola 350 ml can
Sugars (high-fructose corn syrup, sugar), Carbonic acid, Flavoring, Caramel pigment, Spice, Acidifier, Caffeine

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per 100 ml
Calories 47 kcal
Protein 0 g
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g
Salt equivalents 0 g

(Reference page: Wikipedia クラフトコーラ )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

2 Responses

  1. David Jones says:

    Aloha from Hawaii! We have this cola at Marukai and ドンキホーテstores. I usually do not like cola drinks, but this is my favorite because it is so different.

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