I stopped off at 5 Guys Burgers for an infusion of artery hardening bacon topped goodness. The drink machine was something I've not seen before -- a kind of futuristic-yet-slightly-retro-looking soda fountain from Coca-Cola.
I am enraptured. It's got a touch screen interface with pop-top symbols of each flavor of soda. Touch Coca-Cola, for example, and the screen changes to show all the different kinds of Coke: Diet, Cherry, Zero, Classic, etc.
Apparently, these machines have up to 100 drink choices by using concentrated flavor cartridges (similar to printer ink cartridges) and carbonated water. How cool is that?
It reminds me of when I was in third grade; we lived in an American hotel for a couple of weeks in Turkey while we waited to move into our apartment. The dining room had a real-life soda jerk fountain against one wall -- the kind where you pumped syrup into a glass and then fizzed it up with the carbonated water gun.
It was also where the ice cream sundaes got made. It was completely self-serve. We spent all our available free time at the soda fountain making up drinks and eating ice cream. Heaven!
Ever since then, I've always had a fondness for real soda fountains. The chance to be a modern soda jerk is just too much to pass up. I'm going back to play with the machine.
Below is my cell phone camera close up: