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Video: Brooklyn's P&H Soda Co. Revives Soda Fountain Tradition

According to Anton Nocito, founder of P&H Soda Co., there used to be "hundreds of thousands of soda fountains in the U.S." but that number has dwindled to two- or three-hundred. Nocito hopes to revive the old-timey tradition with the soda syrups he creates at his Brooklyn-based company. "I'm absolutely positive there's going to be a renaissance in soda fountains," he says in this video by Food Curated's Liza de Guia. More

Study: Nearly Half of Soda Fountains Contaminated with Bacteria

[Photograph: Zach Klein] According to the International Journal of Microbiology, biologists in Roanoke, Virginia, analyzed 30 different soda fountains (20 self-serve and 10 staff-dispensed) for microbial contaminants and found that nearly half of them contained coliform bacteria — with 11 percent containing E. coli and 17 percent C. meningosepticum. What's even scarier is that: Most of the identified bacteria showed resistance to one or more of the 11 antibiotics tested. These findings suggest that soda fountain machines may harbor persistent communities of potentially pathogenic microorganisms which may contribute to episodic gastric distress in the general population and could pose a more significant health risk to immunocompromised individuals. Yowza. I think I have even more reason to smuggle in a... More

Photo of the Day: Soda Jerk Slinging Scoops

Photograph from Library of Congress/Flickr A soda jerk working in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1939. The term soda jerk came from the motion of the arm while adding soda water to an ice cream soda. Soda fountains were once ubiquitous at drug stores. [via Howard]... More

Mix Every Drink From A Soda Fountain And You Get...?

My latest favorite question on Ask MetaFilter: "What do you call the drink that results from mixing a little bit of every drink in a fountain machine at a restaurant/similar establishment? If you have a specific name for it, where and when do you remember first hearing it?" Almost 150 responses so far, and the vast majority agree: it's called a Suicide. If, like me, you've always wanted a soda fountain at home, you're in luck! The pipes of the internet being as amazing as they are, someone's already set up a comprehensive guide to setting up a home soda fountain, from what things you'll need to buy to how to purchase regular supplies of syrup! If you'd just... More

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