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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   You know those Coke Freestyle machines in restaurants that have 120 different flavors? Well, they are considering also stocking them with Jack Daniels, rum, tequila and vodak   (ajc.com ) divider line
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2012-08-05 03:01:53 PM  
Those machines suck. They're not even stocked with the actual product, just approximated syrup-based flavors. I just wanted good old classic, regular lemon-lime Sprite and ended up getting a drink that successfully recreated the aftertaste of a heaping bowl of Froot Loops and 2% milk.

I love how technology changes things, but I don't think we needed to replace a six-fountain dispenser plus ice machine with farking touchscreens and shiat.

On the other hand, if it helps your fat ass fill up that 64 oz. tub with enough HFCS junk to hasten your death, I'm all for it.
 
2012-08-05 03:04:38 PM  

inclemency: Meh... Saw this at the theater for the first time the other day (I'm Canadian), not impressed.

"you mean you can add artificial fruit flavours to my glucose-fructose and co2? Excellent, but only if I get to wait behind a bunch of people tapping at the machines slowly like monkeys and you charge me 5$ for a cup."


Do you announce you are Canadian when you take a crap that you are Canadian?

I have been all over the world and the first thing out of a Canadians mouth is "I am Canadian".
 
2012-08-05 03:05:40 PM  
They have one at a Firehouse Subs here. They replaced the Vault with the subpar Mello Yello. Prepare To Die.

/minute maid raspberry lemonade & cherry vanilla Dr Pepper instead
 
2012-08-05 03:19:48 PM  
I dislike these machines because they are also usually the only ice dispenser in the place. So when I want tea or water, I have to wait for six kids to mix some vile concoction just to get some ice.
 
2012-08-05 03:20:44 PM  

Aexia: RottNDude: You do realize Coke collects massive amounts of data from these things... it's really a market research tool disguised as a "cool drink machine".

So?


Coca-Cola is a Big Corporation. Big Corporations are Bad. Anything they do is also Bad.

I hope that clears things up.
 
2012-08-05 03:25:31 PM  

RottNDude: You do realize Coke collects massive amounts of data from these things... it's really a market research tool disguised as a "cool drink machine".


So I get delicious soda and Coke gets data that allows them to better give me the tasty soda that I crave. I'm not seeing the problem.
 
2012-08-05 03:28:27 PM  

theflatline: inclemency: Meh... Saw this at the theater for the first time the other day (I'm Canadian), not impressed.

"you mean you can add artificial fruit flavours to my glucose-fructose and co2? Excellent, but only if I get to wait behind a bunch of people tapping at the machines slowly like monkeys and you charge me 5$ for a cup."

Do you announce you are Canadian when you take a crap that you are Canadian?

I have been all over the world and the first thing out of a Canadians mouth is "I am Canadian".


One time when I was near the Cambodian/Thai border a local following me around wanting me to buy something asked you're "German, Aussie, American..." I said no Canadian he looked confused and asked me to show him on a map. So I point to Vancouver BC he say yeah North America so you're American...
 
2012-08-05 03:31:15 PM  

Jim_Callahan: austin_millbarge: rooftop235: Why does a soda dispenser have to be tech heavy?

It's not "tech heavy", it's about as easy to use as a toaster. The problem is the general public barely has the brainpower to scratch their own asses, so it just seems like it's hard. (see: ATMs)

Maybe he means "tech heavy" in the sense of having a lot of points of failure? Kind of weird to have your soda machine die because of a firmware update.


The OP was referring to long lines and having to navigate menus, so I didn't reply thinking he was talking about the operating system behind the tech.
 
2012-08-05 03:33:58 PM  

kroonermanblack: one really wants it


i235.photobucket.com
Oooooh... yeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of, disagree with you there....
 
2012-08-05 03:37:03 PM  
So it sounds like people like the machines, but they simply dont have enough units in the restaurants. If the line/waiting aspect was eliminated, it would be a sweet thing?
 
2012-08-05 03:37:16 PM  
120 different choices but I'venever seen one with ginger ale, dammit.
 
2012-08-05 03:39:13 PM  

RottNDude: You do realize Coke collects massive amounts of data from these things... it's really a market research tool disguised as a "cool drink machine".


If only there were an article linked to this very thread that mentioned that.
 
2012-08-05 03:41:27 PM  

Alphakronik: And yet I can't smoke a joint for relaxation purposes.


I'd join you in your impotent outrage, but I'm gonna go ahead and guess you smoke up for relaxation purposes anyway.
 
2012-08-05 03:41:52 PM  

srewolf: 120 different choices but I'venever seen one with ginger ale, dammit.


Ginger ale only tastes good on an airplane.
 
2012-08-05 03:43:16 PM  

rooftop235: Why does a soda dispenser have to be tech heavy?


img707.imageshack.us

The future is now, the future is bacon.
 
2012-08-05 03:43:30 PM  
Like self checkout lanes at the supermarket maybe restaurants should have an employee standing by to assist and move things along & the restaurant should have a normal fountain for those who just want a regular/diet coke. I checked Cokes webpage there's only one in San Francisco at SF general hospital I wouldn't touch that screen with a ten foot pole.
 
2012-08-05 03:52:03 PM  
If you think the lines inside are bad, wait until they release the version for drive thru use.


TFA:
Q: What about drive-through customers? Will they be able to order "custom" drinks at these test locations?

A: Not at this time, says Farrell. Coca-Cola is developing a Freestyle system suitable for drive-through use. It should be available some time next year. In the meantime, Farrell said Freestyle is reserved for dine-in customers. "We think its the best consumers to experience it, first."


I can imagine a minivan full of kids all wanting eight different flavors in their drinks. Of course the land whale of a mother driving the van will have a hard time reaching the touch screen further slowing things down.
 
GBB
2012-08-05 03:54:19 PM  
jclaggett: Fano: And Beverly?

Ahhh Beverly. That wonderful yummy drink. Always recommend it to new visitors at Epcot. It's really quite tasty.


Really?? Let me try a sip.... WHO THE FARK PUT NyQUIL IN THIS!?!?!
 
2012-08-05 03:55:13 PM  
Sounds great. Just leave out the coke.
static.neatorama.com
 
2012-08-05 03:57:29 PM  
srewolf: 120 different choices but I'venever seen one with ginger ale, dammit.

Mix Coke and Sprite.
 
2012-08-05 03:57:52 PM  
Aexia: RottNDude: You do realize Coke collects massive amounts of data from these things... it's really a market research tool disguised as a "cool drink machine".

So?


Indeed, what does it matter that CocaCola sees that 12 people out of 1000 in a certain geographical area like the taste of cherry-lime-grape-vanilla-diet-Fanta? Your name isn't in there anywhere; even if you paid with a credit or debit card for your food, you bought an empty cup without a serial number.

In short, CocaCola doesn't care about you, they just want to know if they should pull ass-flavored drinks from the shelves in certain areas so they don't sit there for two years.
 
2012-08-05 03:59:18 PM  
detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Thalor: Vodak?

You've had a Fark account since 2003. Nice try.


then again, his "website" is a domain for sale parking page... so he obviously doesn't know how to internet.
 
2012-08-05 04:06:51 PM  
inclemency: Meh... Saw this at the theater for the first time the other day (I'm Canadian I'M CANADIAN!!!), not impressed.

FTFY
 
2012-08-05 04:14:59 PM  
Thalor: Vodak?

Subtard thinks (s)he's funny. Not funny. Subtard is a farking retard.
 
2012-08-05 04:20:29 PM  
rooftop235: suckerpunch: I farking hate those machines. I always get half of cup of the flavor the person in front of me selected, and it's usually some disgusting combination like raspberry vanilla cherry coke.

I just hate going through the farking menus just to get a soda. Plus, the lines to the soda machines are longer. A bunch of the BK here in Orlando swapped out the dual manual systems for a single Freestyle rig. Why does a soda dispenser have to be tech heavy?

[hartmansalt.com image 360x243]
Came from GIS


Yeah, the biggest problem with them is waiting on someone to make a choice, or wanting to look through the options while someone is waiting behind you. It did say they were looking at a way of letting people make their choices through their smartphone, I'm not sure how well that would work though.
 
2012-08-05 04:24:13 PM  
They changed the interface on the ones around here. Seems like it's easier to get to your selections.
That said, I never thought I'd be addicted to Raspberry Coke or Raspberry Diet Coke, but there you go.
 
2012-08-05 04:24:32 PM  
MindStalker: Yeah, the biggest problem with them is waiting on someone to make a choice, or wanting to look through the options while someone is waiting behind you.

I'd imagine you also get those people that will try 20 different flavors before deciding on one. I can also see parents letting their crotch fruit go back to the machines for refills and the little demon spawn playing around with it for 10 minutes.
 
2012-08-05 04:28:46 PM  
consider this: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x201]

Still my favorite.


You can get that at the geezer home?
 
2012-08-05 04:30:17 PM  
OK, it seems like the biggest complaint for people is that the machines are always have a line... I've never had this problem.

Of course, I live in Atlanta, so tons of places have them.
 
2012-08-05 04:30:32 PM  
Speaker2Animals: You can get that at the geezer home?

Don't make fun of Vernors, it's a national treasure around these parts. In addition to being tasty, it's a great mixer for whiskey and bourbon, makes a great ice cream float and also helps soothe a sour stomach.
 
2012-08-05 04:45:00 PM  
Gyrfalcon: Aexia: RottNDude: You do realize Coke collects massive amounts of data from these things... it's really a market research tool disguised as a "cool drink machine".

So?

Coca-Cola is a Big Corporation. Big Corporations are Bad. Anything they do is also Bad.

I hope that clears things up.


Coca cola got my itunes transaction history and correlated I prefer Cherry Fanta when I watch Boondocks.
 
2012-08-05 04:47:57 PM  
It's been too long since the last vodak thread.
 
2012-08-05 04:52:56 PM  
suckerpunch: I farking hate those machines. I always get half of cup of the flavor the person in front of me selected, and it's usually some disgusting combination like raspberry vanilla cherry coke.

If that's the case, then adding vodka/rum/whiskey to the choices won't go over well.
 
2012-08-05 05:07:29 PM  
They have one of those machines at a Boston Market in my part of LA.

Sadly, it's the one of the few ways I can get something close to diet vanilla cherry Dr. Pepper. And I think they're the only diet strawberry cola dispenser I've ever seen.

I can get a decent vanilla cherry Dr. Pepper from a less high-tech 7-11 machine or at the soda dispenser at Daphne's Greek Cafes as well.

As for adding booze -- I got plenty at the house, don't need to make this machine even worse.

/diabetic dad got me hooked on diet sodas for a while
 
2012-08-05 05:09:20 PM  
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2012-08-05 05:24:04 PM  
MorePeasPlease: inclemency: Meh... Saw this at the theater for the first time the other day (I'm Canadian I'M CANADIAN!!!), not impressed.

FTFY

your point?
 
2012-08-05 05:38:02 PM  
The My Little Pony Killer: Get rid of the corn syrup and it's perfect.

It is High Fructose Corn Syrup, there is diference.
 
2012-08-05 05:39:23 PM  
austin_millbarge: kroonermanblack: one really wants it

[i235.photobucket.com image 226x216]
Oooooh... yeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of, disagree with you there....


Well, that was a stunning farking retort to my well (arguably) thought out post.

I'm glad you've learned how to post an image macro. Go back to Redditt if that's the highest form of discourse you can manage.
 
2012-08-05 05:40:38 PM  

consider this: Still my favorite.


I love mine with ice chips floating in it. I'm still searching for vernors in the glass Bottle, it is my holy grail.
 
2012-08-05 05:50:29 PM  

wildlifer: I love mine with ice chips floating in it. I'm still searching for vernors in the glass Bottle, it is my holy grail.


They had stopped making it in bottles for many years but reintroduced it last year I think. I've seen it in a couple stores but it doesn't seem to be common, even in Michigan, where 80% of all Vernors is sold. You can pick it up online if you're willing to pay a premium.
 
2012-08-05 06:00:26 PM  

inclemency: your point?


I like Canada?
 
2012-08-05 06:34:03 PM  
I like it. Although, I hate waiting behind the Hillbilly Butter Golems dawdling over the choices that exceed their processing capabilities.
It amazes me that people have a smart phone that can get them theater ticket reservations in Murmansk, but give them Raspberry Lime Vanilla Coke Zero...
 
2012-08-05 06:39:54 PM  

TheThighsofTorgo: I like it. Although, I hate waiting behind the Hillbilly Butter Golems dawdling over the choices that exceed their processing capabilities.
It amazes me that people have a smart phone that can get them theater ticket reservations in Murmansk, but give them Raspberry Lime Vanilla Coke Zero...


lol
 
2012-08-05 06:44:42 PM  

rooftop235: Jim_Callahan: austin_millbarge: rooftop235: Why does a soda dispenser have to be tech heavy?

It's not "tech heavy", it's about as easy to use as a toaster. The problem is the general public barely has the brainpower to scratch their own asses, so it just seems like it's hard. (see: ATMs)

Maybe he means "tech heavy" in the sense of having a lot of points of failure? Kind of weird to have your soda machine die because of a firmware update.

Yes, that is what I am referring to. I do not see why it is necessary to have a soda machine that costs a fortune (one BK mgr said $10k) for dispensing drinks. Well that and just going through a menu to get a soda dispensed. It is kind of neat how the cartridges work, though. Additionally, they can only dispense 95 drinks per hour. There are some places here in Orlando that serve way more than that, and the lines really do get long.

/People who take forever at ATMs make me crazy. Maybe my problem is the whole standing in line and waiting...

How it works.
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Those machines feed a TON of data back to the CocaCola mothership. How many people picked what, how long it took them to make a choice, how long they took on each screen... it goes on and on.
 
2012-08-05 06:48:16 PM  

theflatline: inclemency: Meh... Saw this at the theater for the first time the other day (I'm Canadian), not impressed.

"you mean you can add artificial fruit flavours to my glucose-fructose and co2? Excellent, but only if I get to wait behind a bunch of people tapping at the machines slowly like monkeys and you charge me 5$ for a cup."

Do you announce you are Canadian when you take a crap that you are Canadian?

I have been all over the world and the first thing out of a Canadians mouth is "I am Canadian".


What is hilarious is that they accuse us of nationalism. I live near the boarder. They paint a maple leaf (their flag) on EVERYTHING. It is even on the wood that they buy from here and mill up there. It is absurd.
 
2012-08-05 06:49:43 PM  
What's the point of having 120 flavors to choose from if you can't even get ONE with cane sugar instead of HFCS?
 
2012-08-05 06:52:39 PM  
We've got one of those in a restaurant around here. I love it and it's rarely too backed up. Diet cherry lemonade (or grape, or strawberry, or orange) FTW.
 
2012-08-05 07:27:25 PM  
One flavor I really like is the Orange Dreamsicle made with Vanilla Orange Crush....
Or the Pineapple Dreamsicle.
 
2012-08-05 07:28:05 PM  
used one of these. had orange coke, then raspberry lemonade, then peach sprite. wanted to try more flavors, but already drank a ton of soda and the line was getting long.
 
2012-08-05 07:32:35 PM  
So long as I don't have to make five selections to make my four horsemen and hell follows, I'm game.

/I'll settle for two selections to get that.
 
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