Wandering around Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago I stopped into a 7-11 to get a quick drink. (For those of you that haven’t been to Copenhagen, understand that 7-11’s are more common than Starbucks are in Seattle. Like, significantly more common – pretty much one on every block it seems). And I noticed the following sign:
Yup, Ubuntu Cola. Naturally the cynic in me had to wonder if this was some extremely niche-focused marketing attempt to appeal to UNIX users or something. I didn’t actually buy a can, mostly because I don’t generally drink sugar water, but did take the photo which then prompted me to do a bit of Wikipedia-searching once I was back home and sorting through everything:
Ubuntu Cola is a soft drink certified by the Fairtrade Foundation.
But more importantly, I learned that:
The cola is named after the African philosophy of Ubuntu, or humanity towards others.
Which is, I think, a worthwhile term to know. And to share. Which is why I’m writing about it.