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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: Individual Tastes


No one knows more about taste than business. Many companies stake their reputation on a certain taste. Does anyone really like to buy products that taste terrible? The only reason I know someone buys food that tastes terrible is for health. Many mothers buy cod liver oil for their children to the angst of their children. Cod liver oil is very good for health but tastes horrible.

On the other hand, Kentucky Fried Chicken tastes great and the whole company based its business on a taste from a secret recipe. My mouth waters as I think about eating some finger lickin’ good Kentucky Fried Chicken. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a multimillion dollar business. This is a business that started from a secret recipe – guaranteed to taste good.

Another company, a company larger than KFC, is Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is similar to KFC in that Coca-Cola has based its business on a secret recipe that makes its product taste better than any other soft drink. This secret recipe has made billions of dollars for the Coca-Cola Company.

However, there is a twist in their formula for success. Now, I’ve been living in Georgia for the last ten years. One of the major life events for anyone living in Georgia is to visit the World of Coca-Cola. The World of Coca-Cola is the museum for the Coca-Cola Company. At the museum they invite all visitors to taste the drink coca-cola that is made differently in all parts of the world. Believe me, coca-cola tastes different in Kenya, Italy, and China as well as in other parts of the world. Evidently, the company Coca-Cola makes their beverage to suit the tastes of a regional area. So, people who live in different parts of the world have different tastes based upon their region. Now, what does this tell us about wine?

Can someone taste the difference from a thousand dollar bottle of wine from a bottle that costs five hundred dollars? Is the taste significant enough that someone would pay an extra five hundred dollars for just a bottle of wine? Can the variation in region affect wine tasting? Surely the palette is different for someone who grew up in France to the palette of someone who grew up in the Philippines. Wine tasting is based upon aroma, body, and taste. Wine tasting is a very important ritual to signify the importance and price of wines. Yet our palettes may be so different that we can’t determine wine that has been categorized as exquisite will actually taste good to common folk like me. Sometimes I can buy a bottle of wine for a modest sum of five dollars and think it tastes great.

Jesus never was quoted as tasting specific food or wine. I suppose Jesus knew how food tasted because he was tempted with hunger. One of the miracles he performed was turning water into wine. He didn’t just turn the water into ordinary wine. The guests at the party said, “They have saved the best wine for last.” The water Jesus changed to wine tasted better than the wine the party people had drunk earlier.
Taste can be subjective and also common. Sugar has the same consistency and taste to all people around the globe. However, what people truly enjoy to eat and drink can be developed through the environment and diet. Taste can be subjective as it applies to colors, clothes, and personal items. Our particular tastes give us our personality and character.

Our individual taste for Jesus is what determines our journey in Christ.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
This is a great lesson. The last line really says it all.

The first paragraph had several words that you used 2-4 times in that one paragraph. Count how many times you say taste or horrible. Just mixing it up with some different words, ex.terrible, yucky
savor,palatableness I also noticed in the first sentence you used business when you should have used the plural businesses. But these are easy fixes.

However, I really enjoyed the journey you took me on. I'm a huge Coke fan and have tasted other country's version of Coke. You did a good job tying it all together for a meaningful lesson in the end.
AnneRene' Capp07/27/10
You got my little old taste buds, w a t e r i n g :)

Your research paid off, as this is enjoyably informative. I had no idea that Coca-Cola was made differently depending on regions.

You gave me "food for thought" with your statement about our tastes giving us personality and character...had never thought about it before, but you are right!

Your last sentence is awesome!!
Phee Paradise 07/28/10
What an interesting and informative article. I loved learning about the different tastes of Coca Cola and you did a great job of using it to make the point about wine.

I would have like to hear more about our tastes for Jesus. Maybe you could have been a little more concise about KFC (or left it out) so you could have had more space to elaborate on the main point.

But I did enjoy seeing my relationship with Him in a new light.