When we found out about Sodastream‘s home soda makers, we almost jumped out of our seats. Overreaction, you say? Allow us to explain: You see, some of has have a serious Diet Coke problem. Try as we might to get off the bottle, some of us just love our Diet Coke. It’s a difficult cross to bear: Aside from its horrible reputation among nutritionists and doctors, it’s also pretty bad for the environment, and corporate watch groups love to hate on Coca-Cola. But our addiction to the fizzy, caffeinated thirst-quencher goes on; blind to the piles of plastic bottles and cans in landfills.
Here’s where Sodastream comes in. Sodastream makes machines that let you carbonate your own water at home – and make sodas with it. The machines come with their own reusable bottles, so you can say goodbye to single-use cans and bottles forevermore. It also seems to be pretty cost-effective; Sodastream calculates that each bottle of sparkling water costs about 25 cents, after your initial investment.
We got our own Sodastream to investigate this eco-friendly, homemade Diet Coke thing, and this is what we found:
Phrase 1: Making the Soda At Home – Using our Sodastream machine (pictured below) turned out to be pretty simple. You just attach the CO2 canister to the machine, fill a sodastream bottle with super cold water, attach it to the machine, then press a button a few times. To make our soda, we simply added a capful of their Diet Cola concentrate per the instructions, and voila! – homemade diet coke in less than two minutes. It took a tiny bit of trial and error to figure out how much carbonation we wanted, but otherwise the machine was pretty dummy-proof.
Phase 2: Putting It To The Test – OK, making it was easy, but whether we actually like this eco-friendly cola is a whole different matter. Here in the Blisstree office, there are some really hard core Diet Coke addicts. They take their bubbles, aspartame, and caffeine very seriously. We asked them to do a blind comparison of Coca Cola brand Diet Coke and our Soda Stream diet cola, to see if they could tell the difference.
The verdict? Our testers could immediately tell the difference, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Sodastream version had more flavor and a sweeter aftertaste than the real deal, and our testers could tell that it was aspartame-free. The real Diet Coke was more acidic.
Though one of our hard-core Diet Coke addicts said she couldn’t be swayed, other testers said they liked it enough to switch. Add the money-saving, earth-friendly benefits, and many of us were completely sold.