CT’s Road Trip, part 3: The Freestyle

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CT’s Road Trip, part 3: The Freestyle

While in Illinois, I learned that one of the Jimmy Johns locations in Urbana had a Freestyle Coke fountain. Upon learning more about this, I had to make a stop to try this before heading back to Florida. For all I know, every Jimmy Johns might have one of these things and it’s not a big deal. But it’s new to me and I think it’s very cool, if a bit overwhelming. You might check out this article for a bit more info about it.

This thing is the future when it comes to restaurant sodas. Every restaurant should have one. Or two. In fact, I’d like one for my own home even though Mountain Dew would not be a part of this. It seems a bit complex, but it’s rather simple actually. The hard part is making the choice. Especially when you know you’ll be heading 900 miles away from this soon and want to make the most of it.

First, you are presented with a selection of 22 base flavors. This is a touch screen panel because touch screen panels are in style now. Your choices are: Powerade, Hi-C, Dasani, Dasani Sensations, Vault, Powerade Zero, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Barqs, Diet Barqs, Fanta Zero, Fanta, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Diet Dr. Pepper, Dr. Pepper, Minute Maid Lemonade, Minute Maid Lemonade Light, Seagram’s, and Water. Whew! (Note: This machine had Dr. Pepper but apparently other machines have Pibb Xtra and Pibb Zero instead of the Peppers.)

Pressing each screen then takes you to another screen of options. I did not take the time to give you the breakdown for each base flavor.

In this case, I selected Coca-Cola and several different options came up including Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Lime Coke, regular coke, and the one I chose, Cherry Vanilla Coke.

Not every flavor had so many options. Coke and Coke Zero had eight different flavor options…

 …where Vault only had five. I did get a Peach-flavored Vault refill which was quite tasty.

Now that we’re back in Florida, I have been researching and discovered that there are two of these machines in the area. Further exploration of Tallahassee will be needed soon. I have downloaded an app for my iPhone that will take me to them and will allow me to play some sort of silly game but also gives me a breakdown of the types of drink choices to expect.

Today I covered the best drink experience during my trip, but on Friday I will recount a good portion of the hossin’ I did on the trip including my in-person meet up with Jeeg and PLee. But check back on Wednesday for a post about the drive back to Florida.

By | 2017-03-17T00:52:50+00:00 August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , |10 Comments

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  1. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Firehouse subs in Tallahasse now have these machines of magic. Even got to see the inner workings of one today.

    Inside the Magic

  2. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Yes, there's a new (to us) Jimmy Johns in Urbana that's on the corner of Cunningham and University. But I guess the Jimmy Johns in Champaign has one, too according to my swanky app.

  3. Jeeg February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I've been waiting to run across a Freestyle machine since I heard about them a couple years back. Even if it only made Vanilla Coke and Vanilla Dr. Pepper it would be one of the greatest inventions of the last decade.

    Was it the Jimmy John's in Urbana that you hit, CT?

  4. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    HOT OFF THE NERD LUNCH PRESSES!!!

    All Firehouse Subs locations will have these machines of magic by the end of the year. Kelsey, maybe I'll see you there grabbing a Raspberry Sprite or a Fruit Punch Fanta.

  5. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    They have a Facebook page. You could make that suggestion on there.

    https://www.facebook.com/cocacolafreestyle

  6. Robert February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    They have them in Moe's restaurants in Jax as well. It would be nice if they added vodka to the mix.

  7. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I really should have brought it back with me. Don't know what I was thinking.

  8. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Yeah, they are all over Jacksonville in Firehouse Subs. I've been living off the Coke Zero Lime. Also tasty is the Vault Grape.

    The one you found CT is a nice Starship silver. The ones in Firehouse Subs are all red. I like yours better.

  9. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    There are allegedly two in Tallahassee in FSU eating establishments. I might have to investigate this further although I never find myself near the FSU campus.

  10. Kelsey February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Wendy Clark spoke to my marketing class about these. I saw one in the Atlanta airport, but haven't spotted any since.

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