Sunday, May 17, 2009

Soda Pop and Summer Days

It is now summertime in Finland. This means that the sun will occasionally shine, and once in a while it will actually be rather warm outside. Today is just that kind of day.

A beautiful day in Jyväskylä

On days like today, nothing hits the spot like a cool, refreshing soft drink. If you are bored with the standard multinational brands and feel like supporting a Finnish company, I recommend the lovely beverages produced by Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas.

In addition to their quality line of beers and ciders, they produce some truly excellent soft drinks. Their sodas contain no preservatives, are sweetened with actual sugar, and are flavored with real fruit. The coloring of their products is achieved using old-timey methods. In their own words, when enjoying their beverages, "you need not be afraid of damaging your stomach or dyeing your guts with some suspicious chemicals".

Check out their entertaining website here which can be viewed in Finnish or English.

Addendum: I forgot to mention that all of the beverages are produced with energy generated by wind. Nice touch.

Here are just a few of their beverages, which I picked up at Ekolo, located in downtown Jyväskylä. Note that the bottles are glass rather than plastic, and the bottle caps are of the pull-off variety.


  1. Oh wow! I love the lemon one (and I love Ekolo too). Had no idea that they were produced with wind energy and flavored with real fruit. No wonder they taste so good!

  2. I didn't know that brand, I'll have to give it a try ! Thanks for the tip :)