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Drink dispenser

Minister Samuels and Ensign Sato at the dispenser

Beverage dispenser list

Available drinks of the drink dispenser

A drink dispenser was a device utilized in the mess hall of Enterprise NX-01 for providing the crew with various beverages, including coffee, hot tea, iced tea, hot cocoa, and cola. The drinks machine had a limited selection of Vulcan beverages, though it was able to produce Vulcan tea. (ENT: "Fusion") The dispenser had a small compartment where mugs could be placed, which could be manually opened and closed. (ENT: "Anomaly")

In 2151, Subcommander T'Pol ordered carbonated water from the dispenser, prompting Doctor Phlox to sarcastically comment on how "adventurous" she was being. T'Pol and Phlox were both surprised, however, when a brownish, viscous fluid was deposited instead, the result of one of a multitude of shipboard malfunctions caused by a cloaked Xyrillian vessel hiding in Enterprise's plasma wake. (ENT: "Unexpected")

Later that year, Commander Tucker ordered cold milk from the dispenser to compliment a serving of pecan pie, where he ran into T'Pol, who was ordering green tea. (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")

One night, less than a year later, T'Pol ordered hot mint tea from the dispenser. After Tolaris arrived, he asked her if she could show him how to use the machine, which she did; T'Pol placed an empty mug in the dispenser and ordered, for him, another hot mint tea. (ENT: "Fusion")

When Tucker met Archer in the mess hall shortly afterwards, the captain declined Tucker offering him a drink from the dispenser. Hence, Tucker instead ordered a beverage for himself only, again obtaining cold milk from the machine. (ENT: "Rogue Planet")

While Enterprise was subsequently being ransacked by Ferengi pirates, Archer diverted the attention of one of the Ferengi, Krem, who alone was guarding the captain in a corridor, by asking him to fetch a glass of water from the drink dispenser. Archer explained to Krem that the water came out of the dispenser and Krem soon thereafter returned with the beverage. (ENT: "Acquisition")

In 2153, T'Pol obtained a cup of tea from the drink dispenser, while she and Phlox were the only individuals in the mess hall. (ENT: "The Breach")

This usage of the drinks machine was not written in the final draft script of "The Breach". That script did specify, however, that the beverage T'Pol orders during the scene, an otherwise unidentified drink, was tea.

Later that year, Captain Archer ordered coffee with cream from the drink dispenser late at night, while impatiently waiting for Enterprise to catch up to an Earth vessel which had been appropriated by unknown, cybernetic organisms. (ENT: "Regeneration")

Drink dispenser, alternate view

An alternate view of the control panel

Later in 2153, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed opened the compartment in the drink dispenser where mugs were placed, then placed a mug inside, and ordered hot black tea. (ENT: "Anomaly") He subsequently used the dispenser to order black coffee during a break from making extensive repairs to Enterprise's tactical systems, eliciting surprise on Commander Tucker's part, as Reed usually ordered tea. (ENT: "Proving Ground")

In 2155, Ensign Hoshi Sato and Minister Nathan Samuels shared a drink at the dispenser, when Captain Archer contacted Sato and ordered her to protect Samuels, as a traitor had been discovered amongst the crew of Enterprise. (ENT: "Terra Prime")

The drink dispenser in Star Trek: Enterprise had its conceptual roots in a paragraph from the ENT series bible. It referred to the protein resequencer as being able to produce "simple beverages" among "a limited menu" of items it could produce.

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