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7-Eleven's self-chilling cans cool your coffee with CO2

By midian182 · 17 replies
May 15, 2018
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  1. Modern technology is a wondrous thing. Not only are there advanced AIs, virtual reality, and powerful computers in our pockets, but we also have something that addresses a very important need: self-chilling cans.

    The cans debuted last week at fifteen 7-Eleven stores in Los Angeles. They’re used in a carbonated coffee line called Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee and have been in development for 25 years by US packing manufacturer The Joseph Company International.

    Buyers are able to activate an 8.4-ounce can by placing it upside down on a flat surface and twisting a knob at the bottom. This releases CO2 that lowers the temperature of the coffee within around 90 seconds. Once the hissing stops, the tasty beverage is ready to drink and is now about 30 degrees cooler.

    “Because the self-chilling can technology is so groundbreaking, we wanted to introduce it with a super innovative beverage,” said Tim Cogil, 7-Eleven director of private brands, in a press release. “Sparkling coffee sodas met all the criteria. Previously available in some coffee shops, a handful of exclusive canned carbonated brews began showing up last summer. Fizzics will be the first that can be chilled on demand, bringing a new level of convenience to customers who want to enjoy a chilled drink whenever and wherever they are.”

    Packing Digest notes that this isn’t the first iteration of the Chill-Can. But the previous version, which was licensed to Pepsi, used HFC134A as the main activating ingredient. The refrigerant raised concerns over its potential to speed global warming, leading to the cessation of manufacturing. The CO2 in the new version is recaptured from the atmosphere and reused in a process that has earned awards from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Mitchell Joseph, chairman/CEO of The Joseph Company and West Coast Chill, says there are no limitations on the type of liquids that can be chilled using his system. He adds that all West Coast Chill products will use the twist-activation technology going forward.

    For those interested in trying Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee, they cost $3.99 and come in three flavors: Regular, French Vanilla and Caramel.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,304   +1,321

    Now THIS is what technology was meant for!! Who cares about running a game at 60FPS compared to 45FPS... getting my beer ice cold without having to put it in the fridge is where it's at!!!

    Thank you Joseph Company!
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  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,669   +416

    They could have spent some of their research budget coming up with a better company name.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,246   +2,719

    This is really cool, to be able to have one in a car after a long drive, and not need to bother with an in-car or portable fridge.

    Gets even better, if you are doing mountain-hiking on a hot day.


    After having watched the video, I'm now less excited about it. They say one needs to put the can on an even solid surface to get the coolant to work properly. Where the hell would you get that while out there on a trip or in a car? That is stupid. If it cannot be done while holding the can in your hands, then it is a no-go.
    Last edited: May 15, 2018
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,087   +1,504

    I bet most people won't even know how to use it correctly. XD
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  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,304   +1,321

    That's just for the "optimum" refrigeration... it would still get pretty cool if you had it in a cup-holder in your car....
  7. BadThad

    BadThad TS Booster Posts: 181   +90

    Oh no, it's the evil, world-destroying CO2! Plants rejoice and liberals cry!
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,426   +1,824

    And then the lawsuits will follow.
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  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,135   +1,399

    Good call - wouldn't want to try it something everyone wants it for - like beer maybe!
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  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,426   +1,824

    (y) Hey, thanks for the idea. Maybe us liberals should push to make carbonated beverages illegal! :p
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,246   +2,719

    ...after somebody popping a can while holding it between thighs, and freezing the d##k off. Yeah, there will be a law suit, titled "how I became a woman".
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  12. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,087   +1,504

    "How I got frozen stiff"
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  13. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,426   +1,824

    Something like that, I imagine.

    Knowing some of the stunts people do, someone would probably try to inhale the sub-zero CO2. It could be the next fad after Tide Pod consumption. :eek: Then, of course, the lawsuits would also follow...and I can see the warning label on cans fitted with this: Caution: Super-cold temperatures. May cause freezing of exposed flesh!
  14. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,087   +1,504

    Realistically, I don't think that the CO2 in it would be cold enough to do any really damage. Yea it will be really cold and you could probably get your tongue stuck to it. From what I observed from the video this is basically the same as taking a CO2 canister for paintball and emptying it. Obviously this chill can is not at the same PSI. When I worked at a paintball field (many many moons ago) and the CO2 canisters were draining out (leaks, bad o-rings, etc) they would form a layer of ice and what not but it never did any damage. One of the refs did stick his tongue to one on a bet.

    Personally I am more curious about the possibility of them exploding. That will mainly depend on the air pressure.
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  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,719   +1,135

    Everyday that passes by, reading feels more and more like art, people are not doing enough of it.
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  16. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,304   +1,321

    Your expectations are too high I suspect :)

    Now, when they invent a self-heating can, that can cook my Zoodles, let's see what environmental damage we can do :)
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  17. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,426   +1,824

    Oh, noooooooo! That will contribute to global warming!!!! Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!

    (Sorry, couldn't resist! LOL)
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  18. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,426   +1,824

    Or if the can malfunctions and releases all the CO2 faster than expected - such as if someone pokes a hole in it.

    Good dose of sarcasm, there was in my previous post. ;)
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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