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The Keurig Kold with flavor options

I’ll be the first to admit that I love my SodaStream. It’s quickly become my favorite appliance and I honestly can’t image living without it. On-demand soda has become a fact of life.

As convenient as the SodaStream is, it’s still not ideal. I have to remember to either buy or make syrups, of course. But even if I just want plain soda water with a slice of lemon, I still have to make sure I have enough CO2. I have come to dread the regular trip to the store to replace my CO2 canister. And these days, it’s harder and harder to find stores that carry replacements. On top of all that, I have to remember to chill the water before I fizz it, otherwise, I’m stuck twiddling my thumbs until it cools.

That’s why I as so intrigued by the Keurig Kold. It solves several major inconveniences for people who drink a lot of soda. Because the carbonation comes in each pod, and the machine flash chills the drink as it mixes, all you have to remember is to buy the pods. You can even order them on Amazon.

On top of that, their product tastes great out of the pod. There’s no need to customize anything. [click to continue…]

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Keurig Kold Machine

Rumours have been circulating for a while now. Keurig is planning an aggressive move into the home soda making market. While it’s not on the market yet, it’s launch has been highly anticipated. Here’s everything we know about Keurig’s cold beverage maker—Keurig Kold—so far.
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SodaStream Venn Diagram

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Champagne on a patio

Search YouTube and you’ll find tons of videos of SodaStreams exploding after some poor schmuck tried to carbonate wine and turn it into champagne. And while these epic fails are funny to watch, we’re here to to tell you there is a better way.

You CAN make sparkling wine in a SodaStream.

Before we get into the details, let’s talk about the science. [click to continue…]

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5 Places to Find SodaStream Recipes Online

Chopping watermelon

For most people it doesn’t take long to realize that they love their SodaStream more than they love the syrups it came with.

Many love it because they enjoy sparkling water or the occasional gin and tonic, but one of the greatest things about the SodaStream is that with a little creativity, it’s easy to make your own syrup and create entirely new flavours.

If you’re a little bit less adventurous but you want to discover new SodaStream recipes and stop using the syrups your machine came with, you’ll be happy to know other people have done most of the necessary exploring for you.

Here are a few places where you can find great SodaStream recipes: [click to continue…]

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Flowers in pots

Soda water, especially when flavoured with a bit of citrus tastes delicious—and it’s a great way to increase water intake. But did you know soda water has many other uses besides delicious hydration? [click to continue…]

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16 Top Home Soda Making Books

Glass soda bottles

Whether you’re new to home soda making or you’ve been at it for years, there’s always a great new recipe to discover. We’ve rounded up the best books on home soda making to help you improve your soda game. Best of all, all these books are easy to find on Amazon. [click to continue…]

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Dead bird that ate plastic

The world has a huge plastic problem. While it literally destroys our beautiful planet, we keep producing more and more of it. As consumers, few of us stop to think about the implications of our day-to-day plastic purchases. But we really should.

Besides the tremendous damage that extracting oil for plastic causes, a huge amount of our plastic ends up in the ocean. In fact, there is so much ocean plastic it created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Ocean plastic contaminates our water, and destroys plant and animal life. What’s more, it’s not going away on it’s own. Most plastic takes hundreds of years before it biodegrades on it’s naturally. In the meantime, we just keep adding more and more to the pile.

Those of us who do try to recycling and reduce our plastic consumption can only do much. As one person, we have a very limited impact. That’s why it’s so important that industry take a leading role in this endeavour.

Here are 7 companies that are leading the charge in solving the plastic problem. [click to continue…]

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Is Soda Really Bad For You?

Cans and glasses of Coke

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades, you’ve probably heard that soda is bad for you. There’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard at least one person say soda is largely responsible for the obesity epidemic.

The trouble is that soda is delicious. Most people in the western half of the world developed a love of soda as children. Everybody wants to be healthier, but many people don’t want to give up their soda.

Is soda truly responsible for the obesity epidemic? Maybe not–there are certainly other factors to consider–but it certainly does cause a lot of health problems, even if you’re drinking diet soda.

Ready to be disturbed? Let’s take a look at what commercial soda is doing to your body: [click to continue…]

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5 Ways to Hack Your SodaStream Machine

Glass of champagne

A SodaStream is a great investment for anyone who loves soda or sparkling water but hates the amount of plastic bottles they end up purchasing and throwing in the recycling—not to mention the hassle of carrying all that liquid home from the nearest grocery store.

One of the greatest things about the SodaStream is the number of different ways you can experiment with it. It really does allow your creativity to flourish in the kitchen.

Whether you’re eager to learn how you can break away from the SodaStream mixes, make yourself more “adult” drinks or just make it a little bit cheaper to use your SodaStream, you can find a great way to hack your SodaStream and enjoy it even more.

Here are five great hacks you can use for your SodaStream: [click to continue…]

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Does the SodaStream Save You Money?

Bills of money

Have you heard of the SodaStream machine? It’s a home carbonation machine that’s currently taking the world by storm, growing more popular as people come to realize how bad commercial soda is for them—and the environment. The SodaStream machine allows consumers to make healthier soda and stop throwing out all those plastic bottles and cans.

The SodaStream machine may drastically reduce your impact on the environment, but does the SodaStream save money?

Well, that depends on what you’re drinking—and what you have been drinking. Let’s take a look at the facts: [click to continue…]

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Snow cones

You love your SodaStream machine, but you’d really like a good alternative to the SodaStream syrups that isn’t as much work as making your own syrups from scratch. Making syrup might not be the most difficult thing in the world, but when your schedule fills up it’s one of the first things you’ll stop doing.

Snow cone syrup is one of the best alternatives to SodaStream syrups. It comes in many different flavors, including commercial soda flavors, and when bought in bulk it’s far more cost effective. You can probably also find a retailer closer to you than Israel, so you’ll be reducing your impact on the environment while you’re saving money.

Before you run off to Google the best shops for snow cone syrup, there are a few things you need to know about using snow cone syrup to make soda. [click to continue…]

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The 10 Best SodaStream Flavors

Lime in sparkling water

There are many different SodaStream flavors to choose from. Some are better than others, and some aren’t really worth exploring at all.

Here are the 10 most popular flavors to get you started on your SodaStream journey: [click to continue…]

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SodaStream’s Daniel Birnbaum

Daniel Birnbaum

One of the most important things about any company is their CEO. This is particularly important for an old company trying to become popular with a new crowd.

In his seven years as CEO for SodaStream,  Daniel Birnbaum has propelled the company forward and helped it grow an international presence.

So who is Daniel Birnbaum? [click to continue…]

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What Can You Safely Put In Your SodaStream?

Bottles of liquor

Your new SodaStream machine is perhaps—in your opinion, at least—the best thing you’ve ever bought for your home. You’ve started making your own syrups and you’re enjoying them quite a bit. Slowly but surely everyone in your family has come around to the SodaStream, especially now that you’ve started experimenting with different flavours.

But what can you put in your SodaStream machine without risking damage to it—or to you? While the official FAQ says you can only put water in the new SodaStream models, some people have gone out to test that theory. [click to continue…]

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SodaStream Crystal Home Soda Maker Review

Pros: While many other SodaStream machines require you to screw the bottle into place, the Crystal Home Soda Maker has a mechanism that automatically locks that bottle into place. The Crystal Home Soda Maker also uses glass carafes, so you can completely avoid using plastic bottles.

Cons: The biggest con of the Crystal Home Soda Maker is that it’s significantly more expensive than several of the other SodaStream machines. Unlike some models, it also uses the smaller CO2 canisters, which produce about 60L of soda before you need a refill. [click to continue…]

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Tree in broken glass

With the rapidly increasing pace of climate change and looming environmental crisis, it’s becoming more and more important for us to consider our impact on the environment, both as a society and as an individual.

Change may be needed on a global scale but the best way to create change is by starting with yourself and your family.

There are dozens of ways to reduce your impact on the environment. If your first thought when you think “sustainable lifestyle” is “raw vegan”, you’re not wrong, but there are many other ways to make your life more sustainable without giving up too many of the things you enjoy.

One great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing your quality of life is by purchasing a SodaStream machine and switching to homemade soda. [click to continue…]

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Why a SodaStream is Perfect for Large Families

Family on the beach

The SodaStream machine is a great investment for anyone who loves soda but wants to wean themselves off of unhealthy commercial options or stop using so many plastic bottles. But it’s an even better investment for a big family.

Here are four reasons why a SodaStream machine is a great investment for a large family: [click to continue…]

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How To Make A SodaStream More Cost-Effective

Dollar bills

The SodaStream machine is fantastic and certainly saves a lot of plastic bottles from the recycling heap, but if you’re drinking soda instead of sparkling water and using the SodaStream syrup mixes, you’re not saving much per litre of pop you drink. For the SodaStream machine to be truly cost effective, you need to be drinking a lot of soda—or love sparkling water.

You can change that and make your SodaStream machine much more cost effective by making a number of changes in how you use the machine. Even better, people are finding new ways to make their SodaStream machine more cost effective all the time. [click to continue…]

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SodaStream Fizz Starter Kit Review

Pros: The biggest advantage the SodaStream Fizz has over other SodaStream machines is that it has a meter which shows how fizzy your drink is. It also shows how much carbonation is left in your CO2 tank at any given moment.

Cons: The only real disadvantage of the SodaStream Fizz is that it’s noticeably more expensive than some other SodaStream models. [click to continue…]

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