Davide Andreani is a Coca-Cola fan after our own hearts – and then some. He’s been collecting commemorative and special edition cans for most of his life and, back in 2015, he even made it into the Guinness World Records for the possessing the ‘Largest collection of soft drink cans’ – with a collection at the time made up of 10,558 Coca Cola cans.

Since then his obsession has gone from strength-to-strength, and today stands at a whopping collection well in excess of 20,000 cans. The collection is so large, in fact, that only 5,000 cans can be displayed in Davide’s home at any one time. The rest finding refuge in the garage, a situation Davide one day hopes to rectify.

Either way, with such an overwhelming passion for Coca-Cola cans, we knew we had to speak to him – and find out more about his undying love for our cans.

How I started collecting

“I started collecting coke cans when I was around six or seven years old. The first cans were those my father brought home from his travels abroad, special design cans, or small airplane cans.

“When I was a kid, I had a little wooden showcase with just a few dozen cans. Then, over time, it became a few hundred. With the explosion of the internet and the chance to contact other serious collectors around the world, that collection has turned into thousands.”

The reason I like them

“The simple reason is I like the cans and I love collecting – to me it’s very much a hobby. When new cans arrive, it's always Christmas time for me. I love the emotion I feel when I get a new pack of cans to open.”

My collection tells stories

“I prefer to collect commemorative cans and series, rather than standard cans, because they’re the most beautiful. They have special designs and sometimes are released as limited editions. But above all, each can has its own individual ‘story’ to tell.

“There are Coke cans commemorating everything. For example, I have coke cans dedicated to every Olympic games or World Cup, and there are historical Coke cans dedicated to the National Anniversary of each African country. Independence Day in Botswana is a great example of such a commemorative can.

“I have Coke cans dedicated to gay pride and LGBT pride, as well as Coke cans dedicated to special music concerts and movies. All of them are fantastic cans, and all with fantastic stories!”

My favourite piece

“The ‘gold’ cans are my favourite cans! They also happen to be the most valuable. As you would expect, the most valuable cans are also the most limited-edition cans produced, such as for the ‘opening’ of a new Coca-Cola factory.”

My collection keeps growing

“My dream is to one day display all my Coca-Cola cans like a museum, but unfortunately I have no space in my home, and I can only display around 5,000 cans at any one time. The other 15,000 cans are not currently display – they’re catalogued and stored in the garage.”

To me, Coca-Cola means

“For me personally, collecting Coke cans is a hobby and my collection is always growing. In the last year alone I have added 1,000 cans and I expect to carry on at this rate in the coming years.

“I like the beautiful story of the Coca-Cola brand. Coca-Cola was a precursor brand in many aspects, both in advertising and in marketing. If we think that the word Coca-Cola is the most sold drink in the world and is the second most common word, after ‘OK’ how can I not remain in love?”

Davide’s not the only Coke collector around; you can see more here.