Reviews

Review: Daily Greens Chia

In January, cold-pressed juice brand Daily Greens introduced a new line of chia-infused line of juices. Packaged in 12 oz. bottles, the line comes in three varieties, and it's clear to us that the company done an excellent job both inside and outside the bottle.

Review: Kohana Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

Kohana recently revamped its line of cold brew concentrates, which now come with a new label and a slightly revised formulation. Available in four varieties -- Original, French Roast, Decaf and French Vanilla -- the USDA Organic products are attractive in design, through we'd recommend a slight tweak or two to better differentiate the products from one another.

Review: C2O Coconut Water (Original and Chocolate Varieties)

C2O, which markets Thai-sourced coconut water in both can and Tetra Pak containers, recently launched its first flavored line extension, a chocolate variety. In our review of the brand's original variety (packaged in a 17.5 oz. can) and the chocolate product, which comes in a 1 L Tetra Pak, we find both products to be very good formulation-wise, but have some suggestions for the label of C2O's new flavor.

Review: Suja Essentials “1-Day Renewal” Set

Once again, Suja has added to its vast line of cold-pressed, high pressure processed juices with the launch of a new “1-Day Renewal” set that is sold exclusively at Target. Coming under the banner of its "Essentials" sub-line, the set includes three new items: a probiotic-infused juice, a green juice, and a protein-rich, almond milk-based beverage.

Review: Jay Street Coffee Shot

Jay Street Coffee, the coffee brand marketed by Japanese tea giant Ito En, has added a potent 6.4 oz. “Coffee Shot” to its lineup. It’s pure unadulterated coffee and made with only two ingredients: water and coffee. Aside from being a nice alternative to Ito En’s tea-based shots, we think that this is a great showcase for the company's ability to also be a high quality coffee contender.

Review: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Blood Orange Meyer Lemon

We’ve been big fans of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale since our first sip. However, the company's attempts at flavored offerings, while always nice tasting, could never pull us away from the Original unadulterated version. With the company's latest flavor, Blood Orange Meyer Lemon, we were expecting to feel the same way.

Review: Runa Orange Passion

Runa, which markets a line guayusa-infused beverages, has added a new Orange Passion variety to its "Clean Energy" carbonated sub-line. Compared with the other flavors of Runa Clean Energy, we really like use of an orange accent color, which appears on some of the text and in the fruit images.

Review: Shaktea Kombucha

Based in Iowa, Shaktea Kombucha positions its six-SKU line of drinks as “Nature’s Healthy Soda Alternative.” Of the varieties that we sampled, each had a nice and light flavor profile that could have some mainstream appeal. The labels, however, could use some work.

Review: Suavva

Suavva, which we first reviewed in 2012, has been given a makeover, both in its packaging and formulation. While maintaining its key ingredient, cacao juice, the beverage, which had been a pasteurized 70 percent juice product, now sports a 100 percent juice formulation that is high pressure processed and promoted as “cold-squeezed.”

Review: Amy & Brian Coconut Water with Cinnamon

While the concept of mixing cinnamon with coconut water isn’t new, this is the first entry that we’ve seen in shelf-stable form (Harmless Harvest being the first -- albeit a perishable -- option). Having only two ingredients (coconut water and cinnamon), the product has a very clean flavor.