A typical casual-dining restaurant may have a dozen or more soft drinks on the menu, but the Firehouse Subs chain has 10 times that selection, thanks to its
First rolled out at Firehouse Subs in 2009,
Coca-Cola Freestyle 101
If you aren’t familiar with Freestyle, here are the basics of this high-tech soda fountain.
Stocking the Ingredients: The Freestyle machine contains cartridges filled with the concentrated ingredients you’ll need to create both sparkling and flat drinks.
Selecting a Beverage: After pushing your cup against the lever to fill it with ice, you choose a drink from the touch screen. You can select original
Creating the Drink: The ingredients mix with water and sweetener as it dispenses from the machine. Syrup is no longer required to make the beverages.
The Early Days at Firehouse Subs
Soda-Fountain Fun Facts
Coca-Cola Freestyle may be revolutionizing the soda fountain, but fizzy drinks have a long history in the United States. Here are just a few interesting facts about soda’s history—and future.
Carbonation Origination: Dr. Joseph Priestly, a friend of Benjamin Franklin, is attributed with creating the first drinkable man-made glass of carbonated water in 1767. The term ‘soda water’ wasn’t coined until 1798.
The Soda Fountain/Drugstore Connection: Soda fountains gained popularity in the United States after the Civil War as community gathering places. Early soda fountains were located primarily in drugstores because the carbonated water was created by chemists and marketed as having medicinal benefits.
The Original Soda Elixir: The syrup for Coca-Cola was first created by Dr. John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, on May 8, 1886. The syrup was blended with carbonated water to create Coca-Cola.
More Options Than Ever: Today,
Award-Winning Design: The Freestyle machine won the 2011 Good Design Award for Industrial Design given by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Finding a Freestyle Machine Near You
If you haven’t tried it yet, there is likely a
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