The Takeout

Nathanael Mehrens, co-creator of the coffee soda I consumed, describes it as tasting “like an orange Tootsie Pop,” with coffee’s richness and citrus. Until recently, coffee soda couldn’t be easily found outside of Nashville, because it’s a Music City creation (or so Nashvillians proudly claim).

Six years ago while working as a barista manager at Crema coffeeshop, Mehrens and Crema owners Ben and Rachel Lehman fashioned a Nashville coffee soda and named it Kenya Karinga Soda, after the single-origin coffee. The goal? To carbonate coffee itself, creating a more effervescent version of iced coffee that didn’t water down its soul.

Coffee Soda looks to build a national buzz

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Edible Nashville

ixteen 8' tables were put together end to end for one impressive big long table, set with local handmade pottery, wine glasses, locally foraged flowers and fresh herbs and the menu for the evening. Across the way were local artisans with their wares: Fugitives Artisan Spirits pouring whiskey, Fireflour Bakery slicing focaccia and sourdough bread for the meal, Matchless serving up their Coffee Soda, RV Potterywith a selection of plates, mugs and bowls, and a cozy bar with hand selelcted wines form Cordorks Wine and Spirits and Black Abbey beer. 

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Uncrate

MATCHLESS COFFEE SODA

Not to be confused with cold brew coffee, Matchless Coffee Soda is a locally roasted, flash-chilled coffee that is lightly sweetened and carbonated before canning. They don't dilute the product with seltzer, soda water, or fruit juice and its brewed in large batches for an optimal extraction rate so the coffee's base origin is fully expressed. Best served over ice with a citrus peel.

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Honest Cooking

With Matchless Coffee Soda on its way in, the cold-brew coffee trend is on its way out. Now, Matchless Coffee Soda is not meant to be confused with anything in the realm of an espresso tonic, or that Manhattan Special your grandmother keeps stored in her fridge; Matchless is a flash-chilled coffee that is carbonated to fizzy perfection, with citrus undertones that evolve the coffee into the perfect coffee drink, or the perfect tool for your at-home mixologist kit. - OCTOBER 10, 2017 by KATHLEEN GIUNTAA New Way to Caffeinate: Matchless Coffee Soda

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Harold Magazine

Locally roasted, flash chilled, perfectly sweetened and carbonated, Matchless Coffee Soda is definitely more than just another cold brew coffee. Matchless Coffee Soda is brewed in large quantities for optimal extraction rate, ensuring that the coffee's origin is fully exposed in every drop. Funded by Kickstarter, Matchless Coffee Soda will soon be available in a can, to be available on the Matchless online store and possibly a retailer near you. Grab a six pack of Matchless Coffee Soda, it's clearly no match for other crafted cold, carbonated coffees out there. Pair the drink in ice and a zesty lemon peel and enjoy the fresh, cool and intoxicating taste of Matchless Coffee Soda. - HAROLD’s Matchless Coffee Soda 

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Ceremony

For the ultimate caffeinated treat—a flash-chilled, carbonated and slightly citrus-sweetened coffee soda—enter Matchless. Created and recently fully Kickstarter-funded for production in Nashville, TN, Matchless Coffee Soda will be hitting markets near you soon (sign up for early release notifications). And you can bet it'll be a year-round hit at weddings.  - Why Coffee Soda Is the Next Big Wedding Trend

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Daily Coffee News

In Nashville, Tenn., Steadfast Coffee Co-Founders Nathanael Mehrens, Jamie Cunningham and Sean Stewart have for years been plotting the development and launch of a canned, RTD, shelf-stable manifestation of their Matchless Coffee Soda.

The elixir itself is a roasted blend that is flash-chilled and lightly sweetened with demerara sugar, treated to a dash of citric acid, and carbonated directly, as opposed to being diluted with carbonated water. - Howard Bryman | September 7, 2017, Matchless Coffee Soda Branching Out in Nashville, Prepping RTD Launch

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Forbes

"A burr grinder uses two toothed disks to uniformly break down roasted coffee beans into specific particle sizes," explained Nathanael Mehrens, inventor and partner at Matchless Coffee Soda. Unlike a blade grinder, which is typically a lower-end machine that has a single blade (similar to a blender) to whir around and break up your coffee beans into inconsistently sized shapes, a burr grinder gives you control over the size of your coffee grounds." - Melissa Kravitz , CONTRIBUTOR, To Brew A Better Morning Coffee, Buy A Burr Grinder

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The Manual

The Southeast has been harboring this little miracle since 2012. Nathanael Mehrens developed the recipe for carbonated coffee when he worked at CREMA, a famed Nashville coffee spot. It didn’t take long for the concept to catch on and pretty soon Southerners were setting aside Cokes for Matchless Coffee Soda, so much that the Matchless crew required more space to keep up with demand. In 2014, they teamed up with Ben Bredesen of Fat Bottom Brewery to use his facility and make this bubbly nectar of the gods that perks you up and cools you down. - Written by Elizabeth Dahl, Matchless Coffee Soda Will Make Your Mornings More Refreshing

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