Eco-Friendly Diet Coke: The Sodastream Taste Test

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.

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    • Carolyn

      If anyone wants to get off Diet Coke do what I did. I was a hard-core addict drinking 4 or 5 per day. I looked up “aspartame” on the web and it told me that aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the body. Also, it was approved by Congress when Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, its maker. That should tell you all you need to know.
      Carolyn
      http://www.motivation-and-self-improvement-guide.com

    • IaN

      I bought the soda stream machine and a 5 gallon bag of the diet coke concentrate syrup from Sam’s club and it works great for making my own diet coke that tastes like the real thing…cause it is!

      • AJ

        what is the ratio of concentrate to water that you use?

      • Ron Dodson

        Is the Diet Coke syrup from Sams, Coca Cola version or is it Soda stream Diet Cola? If it is Coca-Cola syrup. Where is the store did You find it? Very serious on following up on this. thanks

    • kevin G.

      for Carolyn…

      my dear disullioned soul..if you believe everything you read on the web..then please..go ahead..and shoot yourself..because the sky is falling my dear..

      think how utterly ridiculous that statement you made is…aspartame converts to fromaldehyde in the body..

      you are a perfect example of there is a sucker born every minute