Photo Essay: An Unusual ATM in Slovenia

By June 15, 2012Photo Essays, Slovenia
Slovenia milk machine

Fresh milk for sale; Ljubljana, Slovenia

Got milk?  In Slovenia they do, and it’s dispensed in a most unusual manner.

While on a walking tour of downtown Ljubljana, the picturesque capital city of Slovenia, I came across what our tour guide described simply as a “milk ATM.”

Ljubljana Slovenia

 The picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia

In Slovenian, it’s called a mlekomat.  It’s a large vending machine that dispenses fresh milk from a nearby alpine dairy farm.  The milk, which is non-homogenized and non-pasteurized, is guaranteed to be no more than 24 hours old.  The contraption from which the milk is dispensed is disinfected after each use with a special UV antibacterial lamp.

You can buy the milk in various quantities and there are even plastic bottles for sale if you didn’t bring your own container.

There was a young lady on my tour from Singapore who told me she had tried the milk a day earlier and loved it.  Slovenians seem to love it, too.  The machines have been so popular, they can now be found throughout the country.

I confess that I didn’t try the milk.  I’m not much of a milk drinker, anyway, and I was thirsty for a different type of beverage that is also quite popular and inexpensive in Eastern Europe – one made from hops and barley.  And you don’t have to pay extra for the bottle.

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