SodaStream Offers Home Carbonation Systems

SodaStream is the name of a carbonation maker first invented in 1903.

When different concentrated syrups became available in the 1970s and 1980s, drink machines were made that could add concentrates to create carbonated drinks in popular flavors. After merging with Soda-Club the company offered its product as a way to make healthy drinks for kids.

SodaStream’s drink maker is a small device that forces carbon dioxide into water, making it have a taste like soda pop. The system includes a machine, a canister of carbon dioxide, and reusable beverage bottles (suitable for pressurizing). The bottle, when filled with water, is screwed on to the machine, and with a push of the button ejects compressed CO2 from a canister into the bottle, making sparkling water (also called seltzer). There are many flavors which can be used to create regular soft drinks by adding a tiny amount to the carbonated bottle of water. When the canister is out of CO2, you return it to the market and purchase a carbon dioxide (CO2) refill.

With so many kinds of concentrate, soft drinks can be made with different and unique flavors. During the years that the systems were at the height of their popularity, many well-known brands – such as Fanta, and Sunkist — were available in concentrates for SodaStream.

MilkStream, is a variation of the SodaStream, and was designed for making milkshakes. Frothy, delicious milkshakes are whipped up by combining Ice cream, milk and Crusha syrup, and utilizing an extended wand into the glass.

The first machines made were rather large, and were sold to the upper classes of London, including to the royal household. There was a range of flavors with odd names, including the famous sarsaparilla introduced in the 1920s. In 1955 the initial machine for home carbonation was produced.

SodaStream’s super popularity in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and 1980s has helped stimulate its current association with nostalgia for that era. The advertising jingle in 1970s was, “Get busy with the fizzy.” The slogan was so popular that the company added it to its logo. After 17 years of use, it was finally dropped in 1996.

Commercially successful, there was a perception by some that the soft drinks made by these machines were a poor imitation of their commercial counterparts. One of the noted differences was that in addition to slightly different flavors of the produced drink, the bubbles made by SodaStream machines are larger and shorter-lived. Today this has changed, partly because of Aromhuset flavors for carbonated water, and Sodastream now is the leader in sparkling water.

Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club; there are a variety of websites where products can be purchased and supplies ordered, and reordered, when needed.