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.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
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
"Matchless Coffee Soda is one of the best coffee drinks in Nashville — I even said so back in the Scene's 2015 Best of Nashville issue. My feelings haven't changed. It's the perfect drink — bubbly and refreshing, with a strong but not bitter coffee flavor and a pucker from a bit of citric acid." - Megan Selling, The Nashville Scene, July 27, 2017Read More
"When I first heard about Crema’s coffee soda, I was not sold, but it’s awesome. It’s a cold, carbonated coffee drink that’s subtly flavored with orange: slightly sweet and so refreshing." - Erik Anderson, an F&W Best New Chef 2012 and co-chef at Nashville's hottest new restaurant, The Catbird SeatRead More
"But one coffee soda is worthy of being deemed “best” — Steadfast Coffee in Germantown has perfected the drink, delivering a sweet and smooth carbonated cup of iced coffee that’s served with a large strip of fresh orange peel for an extra citrus punch."Read More
"Steadfast is the newest trendy Nashville coffee shop that has established itself in Germantown. It serves traditional espresso and drip coffees as well as iced coffee that’s brewed traditionally (hot) and then flash-chilled to preserve the delicious flavors. But our all-time favorite drink on the menu: Matchless Coffee Soda. Yup, coffee + soda. It's actually good, and even better in the heat."
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"After a year of development, the shop’s coffee soda is set to strike out on its own as “Matchless Coffee Soda.” The fizz is popular enough that Steadfast has partnered with local brewer Fat Bottom Brewery, where 450-gallon batches of coffee soda can be made."
-Steadfast Coffee Nashville: Serious Food, Big Plans
NOVEMBER 4, 2015 BY EVAN C. JONESRead More