Bring the cola to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, oil, and dates. Let cool completely. Stir in coffee and egg, and set aside.
Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add cola mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Note: Loaves can also be made in 2 (5 x 3-inch) disposable foil pans for gift giving, if desired. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.