27 April 2008

Cool new appliance thing

This is a new soda maker from a British company called Soda-Club. I found this through the great website from Dwell Magazine. I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across this thing. I drink a lot of club soda, I would say that it's my beverage of choice and that would still be an understatement. Nothing satisfies my thirst like a cold seltzer. It has no calories and no foul-tasting artificial sweeteners.

I used to buy San Pellegrino, but then I realized that Pellegrino is carbonated tap water. Ditto Perrier and the rest of them. If it's not just filtered tap water, then it's filtered spring water mixed with filtered tap water and then carbonated. Yet another marketing ploy in other words. A couple of years ago I got smart and started buying less-expensive seltzer in cans. Then I started becoming aware of the amount of solid waste my club soda habit was generating so I switched to two liter bottles of the stuff. I recycle the plastic bottles, but I still don't like the idea of drinking out of plastic.

For I while, I was making my own seltzer with an old-school soda syphon. The kind that use the small, disposable CO2 cartridges like in an old movie. But that's not a workable solution either. The cartridges are hard to come by and I went through them ridiculously fast.

But now I think I've found a solution in the Soda-Club Fountain Jet. It uses no electricity, it's attractive, I fill a reusable bottle with my own filtered tap water and presto change-o, real club soda. The Fountain Jet also comes with sweetened flavors that will allow one to make alternatives to Coke or Mountain Dew or any of the rest of them, only without using high-fructose corn syrup. No high-fructose corn syrup means no diabetic obese kids.

Best of all, this thing will allow me to imbibe in my club soda habit while saving money and generating zero solid waste. That's a one-two punch that sings to me, it really sings to me!


  1. Good on you for switching! You might want to check - as far as I know, carbonated beverages sold commercially contain phosphates, which may increase risk of osteoporosis because the phosphates block absorption of calcium. I got this information from my now-retired Mother, who was a research scientist into nutrition. She talked me into shifting to a seltzer bottle years ago. You might check to see whether your gizmo adds phosphates or just CO2. Apparently they don't have to list the phosphates on the label. I'm with you on how yummy fizzy water is.

  2. It's straight CO2, no phosphorus!


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