Is this the most Melbourne thing ever? Vegan vending machine spotted offering coconut water, green juice and organic salads

Article by Matilda Rudd /
Daily Mail /
October 10, 2017 /
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Most people use the vending machine as a way of satisfying some of their guiltier pleasures.

Even if you’re trying to avoid the naughtier treats, like a can of Coke or a packet of chips, usually the only ‘nutritious’ option is a bag of salted peanuts or a calorie-laden muesli bar.

But one vending machine located on the corner of Melbourne’s Bourke and Spring Streets has decided to change that by promoting food that is ’24 hour vegan.’

Instagram user Lana Schwarcz uploaded a picture of the snack dispenser on Monday which appears to sit opposite the city’s tram line.

While the reflection on the machine makes it difficult to see exactly what’s inside, there does appear to be many blank spaces – signalling that it’s being used frequently.

On the bottom three shelves there are an assortment of salads in round cardboard containers, sandwiches, chia chocolate, coconut water, three kinds of juices and kombucha, which is a variety of black or green teas that have been fermented.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a combination of tea, sugar, a scoby and a starter from a previous batch.

A scoby is an acronym for synmbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.

Kombucha is brewed (or fermented) over the course of seven to 31 days.

The final product is naturally carbonated making this a fizzy, and some say, tasty drink.

It is said to have incredible health benefits including detoxifying the liver, improving digestion and increasing metabolism.

The machine is labelled with ‘organic vegan sustenance’ and also features the inspirational quote ‘He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing.’

It works in much the same way as a regular machine would, allowing the customer to pin in a number allocated to their specific choice and watch it drop to the bottom of the vendor.

There seems to be an option for both credit card and cash available.

This isn’t the first time a vegan vending machine has cropped up in the city, with young entrepreneurs Dane Blackburn and Laura Anderson launching The Füd Revolution two years ago.

The Füd Revolution vending machines are custom-built from recycled timber, and sell everything from freshly made salads to yoghurt and muesli, offering gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free, paleo, and dairy free choices to cater for all dietary requirements.

University of Melbourne trends expert Dr Lauren Rosewarne told News.com.au that our Aussie state could soon be the vegan capital of the world.  

‘Melbourne is known as a city that places a strong – if not obsessive – emphasis on dining,’ Dr Rosewarne said.

‘Many Melbourne restaurants and cafes want to be perceived as at the vanguard of culinary trends both locally and sometimes even globally.

‘Melbourne is a diverse, cosmopolitan city with a very large student population. Vegan food appeals to vegans but also to people who are experimental with good choices as well as those who have faith-based, ethical or economic reasons to limit or eliminate meat and dairy from their diet.’