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 GIUNTA, A New Way to Caffeinate: Matchless Coffee SodaRead More
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 SodaRead 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
"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
"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
"The Germantown cafe, still in a soft opening phase following a complex buildout, includes a Modbar setup for espresso with batch filter coffee brews and numerous experimental coffee drink options, including a “flash-chilled” cold brew alternative, and a Matchless coffee soda with carbonated coffee, demerara sugar and a touch of citric acid. (The Matchless drink will be available in cans later this year, the Steadfast team said.)"