Caffeine on campus: BYU starts stocking caffeinated Coke products


BYU Dining Services will now serve caffeinated beverages BYU announced on Thursday morning. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Move over caffeine-free Diet Coke, the real stuff is now available on BYU campus.

The school announced this morning that effective immediately, you can now get caffeinated sodas on campus.

“They are being stocked in our vending machines right now,” said BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins. They’ll also be available in the dining halls, Cougar Eat, the BYU Creamery, BYU stores and all athletic venues — so no more need to smuggle your caffeinated soft drinks into sporting events.

What won’t be available is Dr. Pepper, because the school exclusively sells Coca-Cola products. And no caffeinated energy drinks or iced tea.

[pullquote]Caffeinated beverages will now be served on BYU’s campus at:

  • Cougar Eat
  • BYU Creamery
  • BYU stores
  • All athletic venues.[/pullquote]

Jenkins said Dining Services made the decision in the 1950s to not sell caffeinated soda. But over the last several years, BYU has gotten more and more requests to sell the caffeinated beverages. And those requests led to the decision to let the caffeinated soda flow.

But don’t worry if you don’t like caffeine.

“We will certainly still continue to serve non-caffeinated soft drinks,” Jenkins said.

The news went out over social media early today, and within minutes the comments started piling up on Facebook. Most commenters were ecstatic about the news, but others questioned whether the school was encouraging students to break the Word of Wisdom. Jenkins said the school’s Dining Services website spells out nutritional information, and BYU encourages students to go there and make wise decisions.

In 2012, the LDS Church issued a statement clarifying that the Word of Wisdom doesn’t mention caffeine. It does mention hot drinks, which means tea and coffee.

Looking for a laugh? Read “Buzzed with caffeine joy: Internet reacts to BYU caffeine announcement” here.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

One Comment

  1. AvatarKaren K. Reply

    I just have to laugh when I hear that it’s okay to drink COLD caffeinated beverages, but not HOT caffeinated beverages! How ridiculous that is- are you sure the Word of Wisdom wasn’t talking about hot cocoa or how about hot toddy’s?? It does not specify “coffee or tea’ in the word of wisdom.

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