Fans of Nashville, Tenn.-based Matchless Coffee Soda may soon be able to purchase the beverage locally.
Matchless has plans to branch its brand into Columbia and the rest of South Carolina as early as January, according to inventor and partner Nathanael Mehrens, who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the expansion possible.
"We are really looking forward to bringing Matchless to the South Carolina market," Mehhrens told The State. "The coffee scene in cities (there) is very inspiring and we have actually included Methodical Coffee in Greenville as a stop on our United States of Coffee Soda tour this month."
Matchless was invented by Mehrens, a veteran barista, bartender and hospitality professional while working at Nashville’s Crema coffeehouse/roaster in 2012. It is brewed hot in large batches then flash-chilled. The rich coffee base is then lightly sweetened with all-natural demerara sugar and citric acid and carbonated to create the "coffee soda."
Once the company's Kickstarter campaign reaches its goal of $36,000, South Carolina is one of the first states in which the company seeks to sell its products in both grocery stores and markets as well as restaurants. The campaign received over 40 percent of its goal in the first four days. After a Southeast expansion, the company plans to expand into market nationwide.