Coca-Cola Freestyle machines have arrived!

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Testing out the new Freestyle soda machine at Davanni's.
Although Coca-Cola launched its new Freestyle soda machines in Atlanta and Southern California in 2009, it took two years for the sleek, customizable drink dispensers to arrive in the Twin Cities.

A computer touch-screen on the Freestyle displays an array of Coke brands: Dasani, Barq's, Minute Maide, Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Mr. Pibb, Sprite, Powerade, Hi-C, and Vault among them. Touch the icon of your choice, and a screen shows a second array of flavor additions--each beverage can be mixed with vanilla, strawberry, cherry, orange, etc.

Some 125 combinations exist, including beverages not before seen in a retail environment, including Strawberry Sprite, Orange Coke, and Cherry Fanta--even more if you decide to blend 'em in your cup. I pity the customers waiting behind the first kid who attempts to mix a 125-flavor "suicide."

I tried the freestyle at the Roseville Davanni's and thought it was pretty novel--more from the perspective of sampling flavors than necessarily finding one worth filling an entire cup. (The secondary flavor syrups seemed either too meek or overwhelmingly artificial tasting and sugary.) Being given so many options, ironically made me more demanding: Why didn't they have the grapefruit and pineapple Fantas? What did a gal have to do to get the thing to dispense a little Calimocho?

Coke and the restaurants won't release hard figures about the new machine's expenses, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the freestyles cost about 30 percent more than the traditional soda dispensers. As Davanni's and DQ test the machines, we'll see if they're appealing enough to be worth the extra outlay.

Here's where to find Twin Cities Coca-Cola Freestyle machines:

Dairy Queen
Edina, Eden Prairie, and Plymouth

Davanni's
St. Paul (Cleveland & Grand), Edina, Eden Prairie, Richfield, and Roseville

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18 comments
Mackenzie Labine
Mackenzie Labine

We loved it. Going back for some at the uptown Davannis now!! Peach diet fanta!!!

Jakob Zen Knobel-Cornell
Jakob Zen Knobel-Cornell

ok now bring this to up to British Columbia please now businesses would make a lot of money with this

Not Impressed
Not Impressed

Several friends and I tried this at Davanni's. We all agreed - from now on instead of buying a pop we're all drinking water. If you like the flavored stuff it might be ok, but those of us that just drank regular coke or diet coke thought it was very weak and flat. Did not taste like coke at all.

Hothappening
Hothappening

This machine is not all that its cracked up to be. Neat looking, yes. Cool technology, sure. A pain in the rear end to get any sort of beverage when 15 people are huddled around it trying to see every single combo of pop there is......  The lines for this can be annoyingly long, esp with children who want those 30 flavor mixes. Also it doesn't taste right, it's not the normal taste one has come to expect from Coke. Remember when they changed the formula and had to revert back to "original Coke", this is like that. Every beverage now has the same aftertaste which seems like it's the sweetener that's added to it...

It was novel at first, now it's a hindrance, I don't like it.

Onewolfy1
Onewolfy1

I'm confused - Pepsi has had a machine in Holiday Stores for some time now that you can mix in different flavor shots with your soda and customize.  Only thing fancy here is the touch screen.

Lynncarlson6
Lynncarlson6

Peach fanta is delicious! Love the machine!

GOD
GOD

i smell an ad; how much did they pay CP?

Leif
Leif

hmmm... Time to find one of these and do an all-product-all-syrup suicide! I mean... were I still a child.

Screw it, going to do it.

Honestly
Honestly

Saw one of these last week --neat looking but it seems like there are a lot more ways for this to break down, and I assume the repairs on one of these are more expensive than a traditional, mechanical device.

Also, on the old devices two people could pour at once in certain circumstances. This new device may cause a slightly longer wait.

minn8
minn8

This machine is AMAZING!!!!  I always loved Davanni's.....but now I love Dvanni's even more.  Coke is way ahead of the game.

room34
room34

I tried this out over the weekend at the Davanni's at Cleveland and Grand. I liked it, although on reflection it was really just a fairly limited concept (6 fruit flavor syrups you can mix with any standard Coke product) dressed up with dazzling technology.

Still... I did enjoy raspberry Coke. And my son's mix of cherry and strawberry Fanta was a big hit.

Bianca
Bianca

I'm so happy I can finally get diet coke with lime whenever I want. Davanni's ftw.

Neutral
Neutral

hey "not impressed" which Davanni's did you visit? Please let them know, there may be a calibration issue with that machine. I know that I have visited a few and there were issues...please let them know what you think.

pepsiguy
pepsiguy

They are called Flavor Fusions.  I am a service technician for Pepsi and they are a pain to work on.  I can't imagine working on one of these.

Bacon Face
Bacon Face

NOt sure if Davani's has ever payed a dime to CP in advertising

A City Pages Ad Rep

Rachel Hutton
Rachel Hutton

If anyone actually attempts the all-product-all-syrup Freestyle suicide, please take a video of creating/drinking it and I will post it on Hot Dish! (I'd do it myself but I'm thinking it would look pretty unprofessional for me to get kicked out of DQ/Davanni's!)

GOD
GOD

maybe i can have ur job and teach people how to plug products... :D

could have made moneys on a story like this.

Sad Herb Dickerson
Sad Herb Dickerson

well good luck GOD, CP doesn't call you back when you apply for a sales job and they don't take calls, so back to your sitting around eternally wondering.

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