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NEW BRITAIN — When the
Central Connecticut State University Student Union Board of Governors heard
about it last month there were high fives, applause and celebration.
news was not about a new curriculum, some well-known speaker coming to campus or
some ritzy event.
Rather, the students were told there would be two new
Coca-Cola freestyle machines installed in the cafeteria in the Student
The old-style machines, which began dispensing 125 different Coke
brand drinks last week, is already a hit with students and staff alike.
CCSU is the
first college in New England and only the sixth in the nation to experiment with
the freestyle machines — a hot new trend within the beverage
“The machines offer a lot of brands that are not bottled and
can’t be found anywhere else,” said Joseph Leal, retail manager for food
at CCSU. “Peach Fanta is a hit, it’s very hard to get. Although
the most popular remains regular Coca Cola. There are certain things you just
don’t mess with.”
Erin Murray, a 21-year-old CCSU senior and chairwoman
of the Student Union Board of Governors, said that her fellow students have
followed the freestyle machines on Facebook and are big fans.
all so excited,” said Murray, whose favorite brand is peach Sprite. “It’s a big
hit and is just awesome. Hopefully, we will be able to attract more students to
the student center.”
The machine is 29 inches by 3 feet and is made by
Pinnafarini, the same company that makes the bodies for Ferrari cars.
1950s look, many say, makes the machines even that more attractive.
machines offer 21 brands of Coke, including Coca Cola, Sprite and
Within those 21 brands, there are 104 subsets.
if you press on Coca Cola, there are six subsets of Coke including cherry,
vanilla, orange, raspberry, lime and cherry vanilla.
The sodas are $1.89
each and include 80 drinks that are low calorie or no calorie and 70 drinks that
caffeine free or diet.
Amanda Hernandez, a CCSU summer student
from Bloomfield, was getting an orange Coke with her lunch last
“It’s pretty cool. There is such a big variety,” Hernandez
Coca Cola, Leal said, tracks each unit it sells to see what drinks
are more popular with students.
Robert Storace can be reached at (860) 225-4601,
ext. 223, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.