Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This Post May Make You Thirsty . . .

This didn’t fit into yesterday’s post, but it was too cool to simply ignore – and I wish one of these was nearer to my neck of the woods (I love gadgets and gizmos).  When I went to Schlotsky’s Deli in Atlanta with Alan and Sherry Scott and their friends Eric and Gloria Mulville on Sunday, I took my cup from the counter person, went to get a drink, and was immediately confronted with “What’s This?” . . .

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This is called Coca-Cola Freestyle, and it’s a drink dispenser unlike anything I have ever seen.  It reminds me a little of the wall of dispensers at World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta where you can try out Coke products from all over the world.  But at a Freestyle dispenser, you can fill your cup with ice and then with any of 106 different Coke products – all from the same nozzle.  It’s done with cartridges – no syrup tanks.


You start on this screen by touching the soft drink you want, and on following screens you get choices of flavors and such.  As of this morning, there are 318 of these machines in the United States (yesterday, there were 316) – but none of them anyplace close to me.  Most of them are in Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California – my next shot at trying one will be when I go to see my parents in Arizona.

Does it make the Coke better (or worse)?  Nah – but it was fun to try.  You can find out if there is one near you at or by checking out the Coca-Cola Freestyle page on Facebook.

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