Canned coffee is a uniquely Japanese innovation! First invented in 1963, canned coffee is now totally widespread in Japanese culture. If you’ve ever been to Japan you’ll have seen the numerous ‘jidohanbaiki’, or vending machines, that dot every street. More often than not they’ll be filled with a wide variety of hot and cold cans of coffee. Famously, in 1973 Pokka pioneered the vending machines that could dispense both hot and cold cans.