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The Downside Of 100+ Coca-Cola Freestyle Fountain Flavors

Coke Freestyle Jack In The BoxToday I decided to introduce my co-worker and roommate to the Coca-Cola Freestyle Fountain machine (which I previously wrote about, click here to read that blog entry). Since there are three Jack In The Box locations in Escondido that have the machine and Escondido is on the way home, we stopped at one just to get drinks to try out the machine. Unfortunately, we ran into one of the downsides of the machine.

The main downside of the machine is that because the Jack In The Box locations get a lot more traffic of visitors than the one I encountered at the Noodles & Company restaurant in San Marcos, the fountain was “Sold Out” of a lot of flavors. Here it is a Sunday morning and all the Fanta Zero flavors are sold out, both regular and diet Barq’s Root Beer are sold out, as well as several other variations which limits the choices. The menu screen doesn’t hide the unavailable choices, but rather changes them to grayed out options that it won’t allow you to select. So you just get stuck knowing there are choices you can’t have at the moment. (Probably a secret plot to make you want those flavors even more.)

Additionally, the busier Jack In The Box locations also meant it was kind of a slow process to get the drink because there was a small line for the machine as each person spent a little bit longer than a traditional fountain to pick and chose what flavors under the various brand labels and in the case of the sold out status of a lot of the more exotic flavor choices many had to go into other menus to pick something else because they weren’t able to try what they wanted from each menu.

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Coca-Cola Freestyle Fountain – The Future Of Soda Fountains

Coke Freestyle FountainThe future of Soda Fountain dispensing has arrived, at least in beta testing form. When I stopped at the San Marcos, California location of Noodles & Company to redeem the free bowl of pasta offer I received for my birthday from the chain, I discovered they have installed a new soda fountain machine which according the signs offers over 100 different flavor combinations. Amazingly the machine didn’t seem to be much any bigger space wise than a traditional fountain machine except for the fact it was freestanding instead of having to be mounted on a counter. The opening within which to place the cup seemed to be styled from the “Men In Black” school of retro looking futuristic designs.

Instead of offering individual taps for each of the 100+ flavors, there was just a single opening in the Coca-Cola Freestyle Fountain. You just insert the cup against the lever in the back to have ice drop through the machine into your cup, then just allow the cup to sit in the center while using the touchscreen to pick the brand of beverage to bring up a sub menu of available flavors from which you can choose to fill the cup with. Many of the flavor choices are ones that aren’t available in retail stores as bottled choices because there simply is no way any store would ever carry that many different flavors.

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Spending My Birthday At The Disneyland Resort (Part 2)

Grizzly River RaftingAs I made my way out of the Disneyland Park to meet up with both of my parents and my grandfather outside of the Rainforest Cafe in the Downtown Disney area, I realized I should have just gone over to Tomorrowland and gotten on the Monorail to ride over to the Downtown Disney area. What I ended up doing was heading back to the main entrance of the park, exiting through the entrance plaza, passing through the exit of the security check lines, and then having to basically walk the entire distance of the Downtown Disney area because I forgot the Rainforest Cafe was on the far side of the Downtown Disney area. And I also forgot it’s parked right next door to the Monorail station.

Normally I don’t mind the walk but after having done the previous day at Knott’s Berry Farm and all morning in the park in close to 100 degree heat, my legs were starting to get rashes from all the walking, so I was a bit sore by this point in the day. I was surprised I made it over to the Rainforest Cafe before my parents and grandfather. The Rainforest Cafe is near the parking lot and I was coming on foot from the middle of Disneyland and having to walk through the entire Downtown Disney area just to get there. I didn’t end up having to wait too long though, it was just a matter of trying to find a somewhat shady spot as the mid afternoon heat was really starting to take its toll.

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