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What is Calpis?

Calpis, in Japanese カルピス, is a noncarbonated soft drink. It was created by Kaiun Mishima while traveling in Inner Mongolia in 1904. During his travels he encountered “airag” a traditional milk drink made from fermented dairy. He returned to Japan inspired to develop a beverage from cultured milk and lactic acid. Calpis was first released and sold in 1919.

Why is Calpis called Calpico?

The name calpis comes from "Cal" as calcium and “Pis” from the sanskrit word “Salpis”. In Japanese it is pronounced “karupisu”. However, they thought it sounds a little like “cow piss” for the English market so they changed it to Capico.

What does Calpis/Calpico taste like?

Calpis is labelled as a soft drink so you may be wondering “Is calpis water healthy?”. Calpis is low in fat and doesn’t have caffeine. It contains lactic acids that are said to help digestion and health. It is recommended for people with sensitive stomachs.

Is Calpis good for you?

The name calpis comes from "Cal" as calcium and “Pis” from the sanskrit word “Salpis”. In Japanese it is pronounced “karupisu”. However, they thought it sounds a little like “cow piss” for the English market so they changed it to Capico.

Where can I buy Calpis?

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