Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Digital Soda Jerk

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:

9 comments:

Joe @ Defend Us In Battle said...

As for ARTERY HARDENING for the Bacon... do yourself a favor and watch FAT HEAD. Even if you haven't seen "Super Size ME" Fat Head teaches some REALLY important things about food...

You wont feel so bad going to Five Guys afterwards :)

aka the Mom said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm.....bacon.....

Polska said...

We went to Five Guys for the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Cherry Coke was a.ma.zing!

Kardinal said...

Looks cool, Wynken. Which one did you go to?

Nod said...

Wynken didn't make it, but I went to the one near Costco on Rte 50.

RAnn said...

You were in Turkey? When? Where? We were in Izmir from 67-69

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Soda fountains are "da bomb!" Back in the 1960s I would walk home from high school with a friend. We stopped at a drugstore on the way and ordered lemon phosphates at the soda fountain for ten cents! Thanks for the picture of that jazzy new machine. And have fun making your drinks. I bet they'll taste great.

Nod said...

RAnn, we lived in Izmir 79-80 and Ankara 72-74.

Doner Kebab is our favorite dish!

Lindsay said...

I discovered one of those machines right near where I work! I was so sad to go yesterday and find that Coke Zero was the ONLY option out of service. I blogged about it here.

Bonus: You can get seltzer from them, too, by pushing the water button.

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