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 TrendRead More
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 LaunchRead More
"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 GrinderRead More
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 RefreshingRead More
We’ve drunk cold brew and experimented with nitro brewing. Our mornings begin with our trusty Chemex. Our local coffee shops offer iced coffee on tap. And now, the Nashville-based Matchless Coffee Soda aims to popularize flash chilling. -Read More
Citrus and coffee have a long history together. Whether it’s serving espresso with lemon peel like they do in Italy, or last year’s trend of mixing iced coffee with lemonade into an Arnold Palmer of sorts, there is something about the combination that works. The latest innovation in the coffee world? Keeping the citrus and upping the ante by adding carbonation. Four different companies have rolled out sparkling coffee (or coffee soda, depending on who you ask) with a citrus component this year. Whether you’re looking for an alternative to cold brew, energy drinks, or flavored seltzer, this new pick-me-up is something to consider.
Nashville sensation Matchless is the brainchild of longtime barista Nathanael Mehrens and the only one of the group without citrus juice in it. Coffee is first flash-chilled, which means it’s brewed hot then very quickly brought down to a colder temperature. It’s then carbonated and mixed with citric acid and demerara sugar. Mehrens says, "Carbonated coffee doesn't taste good on its own, and if you just add sugar, it's too sweet. You need the citric acid to balance out the bitterness from the coffee and the sweetness from the sugar. Coffee is like whiskey -- you can have a beautiful expression of it by itself, but you can also create something new with it, like a balanced cocktail, that's great in its own right."
Mehrens recommends serving the resulting concoction with citrus peel (he uses orange at his coffee shops) because “it builds on that refreshing quality. Having a garnish to finish the drink like you would with a cocktail makes it feel more complete.” After its introduction in 2012, the drink quickly gained a cult following in Nashville. While it’s currently only available on tap at local cafes and restaurants, Matchless is going national -- they recently launched a Kickstarter to get their coffee soda into cans. The campaign runs until the end of August, and the first cans should be available in December. matchlesscoffeesoda.com - By Frances Kim of Martha Stewart Living, Have You Tried Sparkling Coffee Yet? Here's Our Definitive GuideRead More
One company that straddles both of these worlds—the coffee shop and the can—is Matchless Coffee Soda. The company's founder Nathanael Mehrens is often credited with starting the modern coffee soda trend in Nashville, Tennessee, while he was working at Crema. - MAXINE BUILDER , What is Coffee Soda?Read More
I’m drinking an iced coffee as I’m writing this, and until this past Tuesday, I would have been happy and satisfied with that. But now, after having tried Nashville-based Matchless‘ coffee soda, all I will ever feel for any other caffeinated beverage is pure emptiness and despair.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say that Matchless has created one of the most mind-bogglingly delicious drinks I’ve ever tasted; it’s a perfectly balanced combination of crisp, clean citrus and coffee flavors (kind of like getting your OJ and coffee in one refreshingly carbonated fell swoop), and is a feat masterfully executed by creator Nathaneal Mehrens. - Megan, Support Matchless’ Coffee Soda KickstarterRead More
We knew the coffee soda we had at Steadfast Coffee a couple years ago was going to be a hit. For something that doesn't sound too terrific (coffee + soda), it's fantastically good. And apparently the nation thinks so too, as the demand has increased. So much so that founder, Nathanael Mehrens, along with partners Sean Stewart and Jamie Cunningham have lauched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to ramp up production in their new cans.Read More
"A couple of years ago I popped into one of my favorite Nashville cafés and ordered a beverage that I’ve since concluded might be the perfect iced coffee: the Matchless Coffee Soda. It was bright, effervescent, slightly sweet, and refreshing. I caught up with Matchless Coffee Soda’s inventor, Nathanael Mehrens, as he prepares to launch a Kickstarter campaign to take his coffee soda to the masses." - Michael, Coffee Compass, July 27, 2017Read More