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Do you call it soda or pop? I call it pop but whatever your preference, you have to get your hands on a SodaStream Source. This is such a cool machine, and I’ve been dying to try it. I want to show you the ins and outs of the machine, and what I thought of some of the drinks it came with.
When this machine first came out, I avoided buying one because I figured it was super complicated. I don’t want to wash 50 parts every time I go to make a beverage. This is seriously the easiest machine to use ever. I’m showing you the back right now. Do you see that hole? You can put your finger in it and lift the pack part off, and that is where the CO2 canister is held. The CO2 carbonator will make 60 liters of soda through the machine.
A neat feature of the carbonator is that once it’s empty, you may be able to exchange it for a new one for a lesser price if you bring the old one to the store. You can check out here if a store near you participates in the exchange program. You can also buy a completely new carbonator if you’d rather!
Once the carbonator is in the back, you simply place the cover back over it and you’re ready to make your pop! Or sparkly water, or whichever beverage it is you’re going for. The machine comes with a BPA- free carbonating bottle with a fizz preserving cap. You take the cap off and it’s very easy to get started. You use tap water (preferably filtered) up to the line, and place the carbonating bottle in the proper place.
SodaStream is an “Active Green” product, meaning that consumers are actively reducing their carbon footprint every time they make their own carbonated beverage, rather than purchasing one in store. In fact, the Source saves the average home 550 plastic bottles per year. I assure you that even though I like my occasional Diet Coke, my family drinks nowhere near that amount of beverages per year, but I do like the idea of saving money, reducing my carbon footprint a little bit, and saving plastic bottles!
Once again, this is so easy to use. You can see the 5 water droplets, the 3 droplets, and the 1 drop that is on the machine and above the bottle. You can use these indicators combined with a pushing motion to decide how much fizz you want in your beverage. I like an average amount of carbonation, so I used the machine accordingly. It was super fast and easy, and I was very pleased with the results. The cap that comes with it allows you to put the liter bottle in the fridge when you are all done.
The flavoring is something you add in to your beverage after it’s carbonated. There is some measuring with the lid involved. It’s super easy! I was really nervous to take the first sip but I really enjoyed the Ginger Ale. I haven’t tried most of these, but the Ginger Ale tasted so fresh and pure that I was very impressed right off the bat. My mom tried some of the Ginger Ale and said it was the best she has ever had. She doesn’t even like that beverage so it impressed me that she even wanted to drink any!
I’m a huge fan of lemonade, so that will be the next thing I try from the selections below!
Drinking sparkling water was one of the main draws of this machine to me. I don’t think I have my perfect measurement down because I wasn’t able to taste it very well when I tried the lemon-lime but I am determined to get it right!
All in all, I am very impressed with this machine. If you want to spring for the Soda Stream Source, know that it comes with one 60L C02 carbonator (good for 60 liters), one reusable BPA-free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap, and a Sodamix Taste Sampler with 6 flavors. It retails at only $99.95 and is available in white, black, red, and blue. There are several other machines besides the Source and they come with a variety of different things and different colors, so definitely take a peek at their website before making a decision.
The next thing I want to check out from SodaStream is their SodaStream caps. Check them out!
Is this something you’d ever try? Let me know below!