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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 134
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2012-08-05 11:16:50 AM
i don't drink coke or soft drinks very often but i went to a Five Guys recently (burger, fries, coke = a party in my mouth and you're all invited!) and they had one of those....i drank probably 6 gallons of coke. "hmmm....what would coke, wieth cherry coke, with vanilla coke, then with MOAR cherry coke, then with cherry vanilla, THEN coke orange taste like!?!!?"
 
2012-08-05 11:34:56 AM
Give me a 32oz coke with jack, hold the coke
 
2012-08-05 12:27:14 PM
That works. Put one in my next hotel room.
 
2012-08-05 12:31:02 PM
Free refills right?
 
2012-08-05 12:32:11 PM
Get rid of the corn syrup and it's perfect.
 
2012-08-05 12:53:44 PM
You know, I didn't want to click to find out more about Coca-Cola the first sixteen times I saw the hyperlink, but on the seventeenth time...I still didn't want to click.
 
2012-08-05 01:02:17 PM
Those machines are awesome but I'm not creative enough to come up with a good drink.
 
2012-08-05 01:46:41 PM
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.
 
2012-08-05 01:54:06 PM
Vodak?
 
2012-08-05 01:54:27 PM
I love Vodak
 
2012-08-05 01:55:04 PM
Can it make G&Ts? It's like a 3D printer for drinks!
 
2012-08-05 01:55:15 PM
A chance to get my drink quickly instead of playing the good bartender-bad bartender game? Sounds great!
 
2012-08-05 01:59:10 PM
And Beverly?
 
2012-08-05 02:01:03 PM
Hello Mixbot 2.1!

I hate complicated food though. If I want alcohol I drink straight alcohol and water. If I want a drink just for drinking I don't want nasty tasting alcohol in it.
 
2012-08-05 02:02:27 PM

Fano: And Beverly?


You see that tray below a grate where overflow from all the drinks go? That's how they make Beverly... well, with the added step of filtering it through a monkey's butt.
 
2012-08-05 02:03:34 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.


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
Came from GIS
 
2012-08-05 02:04:00 PM

Fano: And Beverly?


Ahhh Beverly. That wonderful yummy drink. Always recommend it to new visitors at Epcot. It's really quite tasty.
 
2012-08-05 02:05:20 PM
And yet I can't smoke a joint for relaxation purposes.
 
2012-08-05 02:05:23 PM
I picked wrong year to stop drinking soda.

/I cheat once a month
//and by cheat i mean drink all the Freestyle I can in a single day
 
2012-08-05 02:07:46 PM
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."
 
2012-08-05 02:08:01 PM

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)
 
2012-08-05 02:09:39 PM
I'll admit, I just had to google what the fark this was all about. So it's a digital pop selector.
 
2012-08-05 02:11:18 PM

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.
 
2012-08-05 02:11:33 PM

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


This
 
2012-08-05 02:12:39 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: That works. Put one in my next hotel room.


I could see those things becoming the trendy 'man cave' item in the next few years. It'd be terrible, health wise, but I'd love to have one for get togethers and such.
 
2012-08-05 02:14:40 PM
About the last thing I need is MORE choices. There must be at least 200 cracker, 300 cereal and 60 soft drink choices at my grocery store. Beer is another thing that has too many choices. I'm getting overloaded.
 
2012-08-05 02:17:24 PM
Can I still mix Coke and Sprite?
 
2012-08-05 02:18:04 PM
I like those machines, but it takes me like 5 times as long to get my soda because it makes me indecisive.
 
2012-08-05 02:21:59 PM
When they have to reboot the drink machine, technology has gotten too silly.
Saw it happen at a Noodles & Co. after they changed out the flavor cartridge.
Was like changing the ink in a printer, very strange indeed.
 
2012-08-05 02:22:24 PM
These things are not kid, elderly or short peopled friendly.

There's nothing worse then watching some 5 year try to reach the touch screen for a drink. At least most of the old people walk up to the counter and have an employee get their drink from the drive through dispenser.
 
2012-08-05 02:23:36 PM
I'm guessing what it could use is an express lane for kids ten and under, with one button labelled "all the flavors."
 
2012-08-05 02:24:54 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


Must be a company thing. A local BK near me did the same thing.
 
2012-08-05 02:25:51 PM
Those Freestyle machines can't make a decent Diet Cherry Coke. They can pretty much go to hell with that crap.

/no Diet Cherry Coke in my area
//stupid Charlotte Coke Distributor
 
2012-08-05 02:28:11 PM
I like 'em. Most "manual" drink fountains have a failure rate of 40% it seems. It's either too flat, flavorless, etc. This gets it right. It's not too much on the fizz, and frankly I like it that way. More, I say!
 
2012-08-05 02:30:23 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Still my favorite.
 
2012-08-05 02:32:45 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.


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.
fastfood.ocregister.com
 
2012-08-05 02:34:00 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


Seriously, I saw one of those machines at Zaxby's during lunch (i.e., peak hour) and it wasn't that backed up. Seems like a good idea, actually.
 
2012-08-05 02:34:23 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.


There were several in my area. All of them have been removed. The problem was, partially, having to make 3-4 selections just to get a 'basic' drink. Then there were the anal fissures who had to spend 4 days gawking, looking through all the menu options, fiddling with shiat, all while 10 people were stacked up behind them, which irritated customers. Also, touch screen + public + fast food = super amazingly disgusting filth and grease smeared screen.

But in reallity, it seemed like the things broke down a lot and needed a lot of babying. About half the time I'd go in something would be broken (or the whole thing would be down), and the employees would be scrambling to fix it, calling a tech, a tech would be working on it, or they'd just be filling drinks from the standard one behind the counter anyway.

It seemed like a good idea, but the technology just isn't viable. No one really wants it, it's not filling a need or anything. Maybe if they rolled the things out consistantly enough people would get 'used' to the technology, but as is, people just move up to a flavor valve and push it. Multiple people can fill multiple drinks at once if they're not competing, and you don't get cross-feed between the flavors.

Thought it was really cool the first time I saw it, but rapidly wore very thin on me.
 
2012-08-05 02:34:45 PM
Not in NYC where the people are pussies and need protection from the evil large soda.

"Please save us" they cry to the rooftops and Big Brother says "This is just the beginning"
 
2012-08-05 02:34:55 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.
[fastfood.ocregister.com image 300x224]


Eh, slurpee machines cost $10K back in the day.
 
2012-08-05 02:38:35 PM

ramblinwreck: 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

Seriously, I saw one of those machines at Zaxby's during lunch (i.e., peak hour) and it wasn't that backed up. Seems like a good idea, actually.


Personally, I have never seen a Zaxby's with much of a line. :-)
 
2012-08-05 02:38:38 PM
Do those things have OK soda? I miss that stuff.
 
2012-08-05 02:40:04 PM

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


If you do, colored folks will start playing jazz music and looking at white women, and your local newspaper will start printing on hemp paper instead of wood paper. And we can't have any of that, since it makes Baby Jesus sad.
 
das
2012-08-05 02:41:25 PM

consider this: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x201]

Still my favorite.


I'm drinking one now, so kick, etc......
 
2012-08-05 02:42:39 PM
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".
 
2012-08-05 02:45:54 PM

Thalor: Vodak?


You've had a Fark account since 2003. Nice try.
 
2012-08-05 02:56:42 PM

Jamdug!: Those machines are awesome but I'm not creative enough to come up with a good drink.


My oldest nephew uses the current teenage-boy approach: put a little of everything in the cup till it's full. I think he's practicing for college.
 
2012-08-05 02:57:35 PM
A lot of naysayers, but I love it! I never drink regular soda anymore, and only drink diet. It sucks that 97% of restaurants only offer Diet Coke/Diet Pepsi, and 2% actually throw Coke Zero in the mix. But with the Freestyle, I can get different flavors if I want. Who knew that there was such a thing as Fanta Zero? I've only seen it in the Freestyle machines.
 
2012-08-05 02:57:50 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...that is the downside of those things. As cool as they are and as great as it is to have so many choices, the inventors seriously underestimated the stupidity of the population in being able to figure out how to get a drink out of it.
 
2012-08-05 03:00:41 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?
 
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
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
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.
[fastfood.ocregister.com image 300x224]


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.
 
2012-08-05 07:51:53 PM

Cthulhain:
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.


Speaking of serial numbers... I went to a local amusement park recently, and the soda dispenser told me that I had one free refill left. I was wondering how does it track it, and I found an RFID tag at the bottom of the cup.

So even if the machine doesn't give you n+1 choices for your drink, it might still be pretty sophisticated.

But I bet soon someone will realize that people try more things with the Freestyle machine, and they use more refills. So they'll start limiting the free refills to two or something. Maybe they'll even find out that people are more willing to pay for extra refills with Freestyle than regular machines.

I should try it before this happens...
 
2012-08-05 08:11:27 PM
The Freestyle machines (at least the ones I've hit) have always served what I call "homeopathic" soda. Even the Coke is horribly watered down.

And these things DO crash...
andyandnoreen.com
 
2012-08-05 08:23:50 PM
But do they dispense Mexican Coke?
 
2012-08-05 08:35:18 PM

UnspokenVoice: 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.


There's actually a very good reason for that. If Canadians didn't keep reminding people that they are up there, most of the world would forget that there's anything north of the continental united states besides Alaska.
 
2012-08-05 08:51:32 PM
standing in Redbox line waiting for mouthbreather to select a movie....now standing in line for fat mouth breather to figure out and select soda flavor...'merica
 
2012-08-05 09:52:03 PM
But do they dispense Mexican Coke?

Didn't see anything about "Mexican," but they were asked whether they'd server cane sugar in the article. They said no.
 
2012-08-05 10:07:32 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?


Came from GIS


"Tech Heavy"? How much fark'n simpler could they have made it?

Pouring corn syrup down your gullet to overload your pancreas isn't rocket science, it's diabetes.
 
2012-08-05 10:14:44 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Can it make G&Ts? It's like a 3D printer for drinks!


It's not a 3D printer for drinks until I can walk up to it and go:

"Tea, Earl Grey, Hot", and it provides it.

/I want my replicator
 
2012-08-05 10:34:28 PM
Where is the love for Taco Mac? 100 beers on tap, 200 in the bottle. Great Queso and wings.
 
2012-08-05 10:38:55 PM
My new soft beverage of choice for those occasional adventures with soda:

Can of coke, third of a can of NOS Grape and a shot of lime juice over ice.

Damn good.
 
2012-08-05 10:50:56 PM
It is surprising that Pininfarina worked on that. Usually they are too busy designing cars or hard drive enclosures.
 
2012-08-05 11:10:44 PM
I saw one of these machines in the wild for the first time yesterday. My fiance has heard about Five Guys being good so we decided to try it and I noticed the machine... but the prices at the store shocked me the most. 2 normal burgers, 1 cheese burger, 2 little burgers and 2 orders of fries with 3 drinks came out to $38.40. I told my fiance's father that this better be a farking delicious burger and sadly it was no better than an unseasoned burger thrown on my grill.

/Guess I should just stick to dives/bowling alley grills.
//Health code violations probably make the food taste better, but it's good to me and cheap :)
 
2012-08-05 11:27:13 PM
There have been beer and saki vending machines in Japan for years. It's a sign of America's decline that we don't have them here.
 
2012-08-06 12:23:34 AM
You know those Coke Freestyle machines in restaurants

Uh, no. WTF is that?
 
2012-08-06 01:10:44 AM

EngineerAU: A chance to get my drink quickly instead of playing the good bartender-bad bartender game? Sounds great!


Imagine the possibilities. Just a machine for hard liquor drinks and another for beer. You could make a black and tan for instance yourself. The possibilities are endless. Even if you didn't want to get rid of your whole bartender thing you could put a machine in the corner to increase sales and cut down wait time and let the bartenders concentrate on the stuff that really requires detail. For the guy who just wants another Bud Light draft though he just uses the machine.
 
2012-08-06 01:15:42 AM

Your_Huckleberry: Fear_and_Loathing: That works. Put one in my next hotel room.

I could see those things becoming the trendy 'man cave' item in the next few years. It'd be terrible, health wise, but I'd love to have one for get togethers and such.


Self cleaning.
 
2012-08-06 01:18:31 AM

Cthulhain: 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.


I'm pretty sure that still makes it highly useful to them and us. They make more money by better understanding the wants of the consumer and the consumer is better off by getting more of what they want. They don't have to care about you individually to bring better product/service to market.
 
2012-08-06 01:41:38 AM
There are two of these machines in the Pei Wei I often eat at for lunch. There are never more than 2, possibly 3 people in line at either one. The place is always packed at lunch, mostly with business people.

/half Coke, half cherry Coke
 
2012-08-06 01:52:23 AM
Came here to say Taco Mac is amazing.

Last time i went there they had a deal where you order 2 free style fountain drinks, and get free queso dip. My best friend and I were going there for our usual wings / beer thing when our girlfriends / friends were out of town for the most part (When i was living in Atlanta).

We got our drinks, ordered a few shots (and a few of this at Joe, our bartender's recomendation) to wash down the delicious coke.

We kept the night going by chasing every other ridiculous combination freestyle refill with an irish carbomb. The only thing that put him over was a shot Joe called Joe's Dreams. Jack Daniels, Creme de Menthe, and Amaretto. Kinda tasted like mint chocolate chip ice cream.

First and only night i've seen my friend puke because of drinking. That night the Irishman puked before the Englishman. Hell froze over, pigs flew, etc. And i don't think i'll ever let him forget it, but he'll keep reminding me i fold like a house of cards when it comes to most shots.

But seriously, Taco Mac. When it Atlanta i know where i want to go for a good lunch with a pint.

cdn2-b.examiner.com
 
2012-08-06 02:36:56 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: Give me a 32oz coke with jack, hold the coke


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdwCVleGOEQ&t=5m47s
Should start at 5:47
 
2012-08-06 06:52:44 AM
/I don't drink soda (yes, I'm better than you)...so I'm getting a kick out of all these replies.
 
2012-08-06 09:01:48 AM

rickythepenguin: i don't drink coke or soft drinks very often but i went to a Five Guys recently (burger, fries, coke = a party in my mouth and you're all invited!) and they had one of those....i drank probably 6 gallons of coke. "hmmm....what would coke, wieth cherry coke, with vanilla coke, then with MOAR cherry coke, then with cherry vanilla, THEN coke orange taste like!?!!?"


probably like dying
 
2012-08-06 10:14:34 AM
The drinks from those things, while kind of fun, ALWAYS taste WAY watered down. Even if you get something like fruit punch it takes like it is mostly water. Well it is of course, but you get the idea of course, OR it is TOO much syrup and NOT enough water. Bullritos and Firehouse subs have them. I may stop eating at both places.
 
2012-08-06 10:48:20 AM
The Five Guys up the street put these in recently, and the wife and I find them pretty awesome. It doesn't seem watered down to me, but then Five Guys has always seemed to have the right mix of syrup-to-water, so i guess they just carried it over to these new machines.
 
2012-08-06 10:54:36 AM
Needs Gin.
 
2012-08-06 11:50:39 AM
gee must be hard in this day and age to include a picture of said machine in article about machine

www.creativemag.com

OH NO wait, I was wrong, it's easy as hell.
 
2012-08-06 12:28:09 PM
I rarely drink sodas with caffeine or sugar (if I'm going to consume that many friggin calories, I'll just order a milkshake), so increasing my choices from water/sprite zero to 20+ is quite welcome.

And I think the problem with long lines at these machines is mostly because some restaurants replaced 2-3 banks of dispensers with just one machine.
 
2012-08-06 01:38:42 PM
Fortunately (for me, not them) the Five Guys near me is always empty so there's little to no wait for the two machines they have. They are overkill but until I can get a Lime Fanta some other way I'm digging it.
 
2012-08-06 07:23:54 PM
Let's get shiatfaced and french fries.
 
2012-08-06 08:34:39 PM
VODAK! how adorable.
 
2012-08-07 06:01:17 AM
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2012-08-07 12:59:36 PM
Is it good rum, like sailor jerry or havana club, or crappy rum?
 
2012-08-07 01:22:22 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".


It's their passive-aggressive way of saying, "I'm NOT an American!!"
 
2012-08-07 01:24:23 PM
Cherry-vanilla Coke Zero

That is all.
 
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