This beverage printer takes the wasteful water and packaging out of your favorite drinks
Original Article • 6:00 AM PST • March 3, 2022
The average US household consumes thousands of cans and bottles of beverages every year, each one composed of a lot of water and a little flavoring. The byproduct of that model is water waste, CO2 generation from bottling, shipping and chilling, and a huge amount of poorly recycled containers. Cana, a Silicon Valley startup, has launched opened pre-orders for a new home appliance that seeks to shift beverage production from bottler to kitchen counter and make what you drink conscionable for the first time since mass bottling began
Printing is not a verb we associate with drinks but the Cana One "beverage printer" is a cross between an inkjet printer, the JPEG file format, and a SodaStream machine. Unlike other home beverage makers, it makes virtually any kind of drink, the array of which Cana says differ by as little as 1% of their substance. "Every home in the industrialized world has water," says Dave Friedberg, founder and CEO of The Production Board from which Cana emanates. "We take just the 1% that differentiates water into coffee, tea, juice, beer, wine, and liquor and just ship that 1%, effectively making a beverage printer."
A patent-pending cartridge holds small amounts of 84 essential flavoring ingredients that are precisely blended with tap water, sugar, alcohol and carbonation inside the machine to create the drink you select from a Roku-like touchscreen interface.