Frequently Asked Questions
Does Wostok contain caffeine?
Virtually none. A liter of Wostok contains merely 4mg/l of caffeine from the black tea extract – that’s a negligible amount, roughly equal to a cup of hot chocolate on a litre of Wostok. The law requires to specify caffeine on the label from 150mg/l upwards, we’re lightyears removed from that. Children and pregnant women can drink Wostok without worrying.
Is Wostok suitable for vegans?
The one thing in a soft drink that could potentially be un-vegan is clarified juice, since some suppliers use gelatine or other animal-based agents to clarify the juice.
We have ensured that all our suppliers use only plant based agents.
The glue we use to stick on the labels onto our bottles is vegan (free of casein) too :)
What's with the Beck's embossing on the German market?
Nobody in the drinks business is happy with the Beck’s embossed bottle in clear glass, except probably the people at Beck’s :)
It’s simple: we use a reusable standard deposit bottle, the so-called longneck bottle. The same bottle that is used by Bionade, Fritz-Kola, Club Mate, Aloha and a whole lot of other sodas.
When bottles are returned to us empty, we often get back Beck’s bottles, as well as green and brown bottles (which we have no use for). The coloured ones are flawlessly picked out by the bottle sorting robot, but it often doesn’t recognize the Becks embossing, so that slips through the mazes of the bottle sorting process.
When we spot Wostok in a Beck’s bottle we pick it out manually and drink it in the office, but some of these flukes will make it onto the shelves or into the bars. We are getting the problem under control, so start collecting them – they may be worth a lot on eBay some day ;)
Is Wostok sold in PET bottles?
No. We’re no fans of plastic. It feels wrong, it tastes wrong and it looks shit.
So we stick to glass, although we curse it every single day: it’s heavy, expensive, breaks easily and is hard to source in sufficient quantities.
The returnable glass deposit bottle is our single largest headache, both logistically and financially. If that isn’t passion…