Coke serves 106 flavors from sleek fountain at Issaquah restaurant

April 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3 p.m. April 5, 2011

Behold, the soda fountain of the future.

The sleek Coca-Cola Freestyle offers customers at the local Taco Time many, many options beyond regular or diet.

The touch-screen device debuted recently at the Issaquah restaurant, 1125 N.W. Gilman Blvd., as the Atlanta-based soft drink Goliath rolls out the Coca-Cola Freestyle in the Seattle area.

(Taco Time outposts in Seattle received the machines early last month.)

Choices include sodas, sports drinks, lemonades and waters aplenty — 106 options in all.

Customers can mix classics, such as Vanilla Coke, or more daring options. Peach Sprite, anyone? Or, maybe Orange Diet Coke?

Coca-Cola spent more than four years to develop the self-serve soda fountains. The device is available in more than 300 restaurants from coast to coast.

“We have created a concept that is quickly becoming recognized as the soda fountain of the future – the way people will experience Coca-Cola beverages years from now,” Gene Farrell, Coca-Cola Freestyle vice president and general manager, said in a release.

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