Reviews

Review: Jade Monk Matcha Green Tea Drinks

Last year, Jade Monk unveiled a new line of ready-to-drink, matcha-based beverages, which the company showcased at BevNET Live's New Beverage Showdown 8. Available in four varieties, the drinks are cold brewed and high pressure processed. From our perspective, Jade Monk has done a commendable job, and with a few tweaks, has a winner on its hands.

Review: Core Natural Water

While water brands often do a lot to describe the methods they use to make their water superior to others, it’s hard to really gauge the superiority of the liquid just by drinking the product. It's the packaging that sets brands apart. On that front, Core Natural has succeeded in creating something that stands out and has a fresh look to it.

Review: Beet Performer

The flavor of Beet Performer, which is marketed as a "performance beverage," is exactly what you’d expect: beets, beets and more beets. It’s something that will be polarizing, starting from the second you see the dark red liquid.

Review: Reed’s Culture Club Coffee Kombucha

This flavor of Reed’s Culture Club Kombucha is made with water, sugar, oolong tea, yerba mate, organic coffee and kombucha culture. From a taste perspective, the combination of the tea, coffee, and a slightly vinegary flavor isn’t quite something that we’d naturally gravitate towards, but it works.

Review: Banjo Cold Brew Coffee

Banjo’s Cold Brew Coffee, which is made in Decatur, Ga., is a ready-to-drink, cold-brewed coffee that is made “specialty grade beans,” according to the company. The product definitely looks the part of the cold-brew coffee segment. As for what’s inside the bottle...

Review: 3 Water

3 Water is a product that blends spring water with electrolytes and caffeine (50mg) and enhanced to achieve a pH balance of 7+ (slightly alkaline). The result is a beverage that the manufacturer hopes will be viewed as the “perfect water.”

Review: Invo Sencha Green Tea Coconut Water

Invo has extended its line of high pressure processed coconut water products with a new Sencha Green Tea variety. It’s an interesting product in that the flavor notes go back and forth between the tea and the coconut water to the point where you can really taste each flavor in its almost unadulterated form. 

Review: Black Medicine Iced Coffee

In a custom production process that includes "pressure brewing" the coffee, Black Medicine markets a line of three ready-to-drink iced coffee products. Having sampled the brand's mocha and latte varieties, we were floored by the smoothness, balance and flavor of the coffee.

Review: Red Thread Good Cold Brew Coffee

Red Thread Good markets a line of USDA organic and fair trade cold-brewed coffees that come in both ready-to-drink and concentrated varieties. In our review of the brand's Purist and Dreamy products, we think the company has done well with formulation, but the product’s logo could use a bit of refinement.

Review: Jubali

Formerly known as Life Force Juice, Jubali is a line of organic and cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Featuring a number of playfully named and rather unique formulations, Jubali has done a nice job with its juice blends. As for the packaging, we think there's some room for improvement.