Reviews

Review: Honest Tea Summer Refreshers Watermelon Lemonade

Honest Tea has extended its "Summer Refershers" line with a new Watermelon Lemonade variety. The product, which is made with 9 percent juice, including both lemon and watermelon juices (Honest Tea also includes natural flavorings and organic lemon extract), delivers a straightforward flavor: it almost tastes like something you’d make at home.

Review: Teapigs Matcha

Teapigs, a U.K.-based producer of premium tea products, has launched a three-SKU line of ready-to-drink matcha products. In our review of the company's apple and grapefruit varieties, we found the flavor of each to be well-conceived, but feel that the packaging needs work.

Review: NüBrü Coffee

NüBrü Coffee markets a three-SKU line of cold-brewed and high pressure processed (HPP) coffee drinks. Packaged in 12 oz. bottles, it's first HPP and cold-brew coffee line that we've seen and, for us, the combined use of the processing methods results in some truly delicious beverages.

Review: Maté Bros

Maté Bros, which comes in an 8 oz. slim can, is positioned as a yerba mate “energy” product. Based on packaging and label, the product seems to be skirting around some of the same challenges that other yerba mate products have come to struggle with: is it a tea, an energy drink, or something else?

Review: LaCroix NiCola

LaCroix’s NiCola is a sweetener-, color-, and calorie-free sparkling water that is formulated with cola flavoring. Admittedly, our hopes were not high for this product, but after our first sip, we were quickly won over.

Review: Sound Sparkling Tea

Sound Sparkling Tea, which launched as Sodterra, is a line of carbonated tea drinks that come in three unsweetened and zero-calorie varieties. In our review of the brand's White Tea and Chamomile products, it's clear that Sound has created beverages that are very enjoyable and, aside from a couple adjustments to the labels, well-executed.

Review: Lumi Juice Shots

Lumi Juice, a producer of cold-pressed, high pressure processed juice blends, has launched a trio of 2 oz. "shot" products. Formulated with a range of trendy and bleeding-edge ingredients (including turmeric and broccoli leaf), the juices are very well-executed and excellent addition to Lumi's portfolio.

Review: Live Soda Kombucha (New Packaging)

At the 2015 Natural Product Expo West, Live Soda Kombucha unveiled the latest iteration of its packaging. Featuring a custom 12 oz. glass bottle, the new look is definite upgrade for the brand and, paired with what's inside the package, Live Soda has done well to attract more mainstream consumers.

Review: Lotus Botanical Elixirs

The “Pink Lotus” formulation of Lotus Botanical Elixirs is a carbonated drink that features a proprietary blend of functional ingredients. Labeled as a "balance supplement," it is, however, unclear as to the product's purpose.