Revive Kombucha’s Tropic Wonder is a beverage made with an earl grey and orange peel kombucha culture, which is then flavored with orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla extract and cayenne. The flavor is smooth and well-balanced, with the light citrus flavor pairing nicely with the flavor of the earl grey tea.
Based in Northwest Washington, Anchorhead Coffee is a small-batch roaster that produces two ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee products. While brand's "original" and "hopped" varieties are well-crafted, it's on the branding side that there is work to be done.
Jubali, which markets high pressure processed juices, smoothies and nut milks, has added a line of tea products. Jubali describes its Herbal Infusion Teas line as being "made with wild ingredients," and are formulated with eclectic flavors including dandelion and chicory.
Genius Juice, which markets a line of coconut-based drinks that are high pressure processed, has revamped its packaging and updated the formulation of its coconut smoothie. The changes are an excellent upgrade to the brand, which is sold throughout California.
Icebox Water is a packaged water product from Canada that comes in what the manufacturer describes as “eco-friendly BPA-free packaging.” This of course refers to the carton that the company is using, which is definitely the most unique part about the product in that this format is only used by a very small number of products.
The premise behind the American Juice Company is to sell natural juice-based cocktail mixers that are good enough to be served at high-end restaurants and bars, but also satisfy the home cocktail enthusiast. As such, the products are made with only a few ingredients and come packaged in a thoughtfully designed 16 oz. bottle.
Victoria’s Kitchen’s Organic Ginger Lemonade represents what appears to be an evolution of the brand’s focus. Specifically, this is the first flavor that is not almond water-based. Instead, the product is being marketed as a low-calorie (35 calories per 8 oz. serving) organic lemonade.
Neon energy drink is the product of ViSalus, which is a multi-level marketing company that focuses on weight management products. On the surface Neon looks very much like a stereotypical energy drink. The black, green and white color palette features a design that definitely looks the part of the category. But this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Made with a blend of water, fair trade and organic coffee beans and mint, Prospector’s Cold Brew coffee is one of the more recent ready-to-drink entries into the ever expanding cold brew coffee category. The product, which hails from Michigan, has that big and bold, but smooth in finish, coffee flavor that we’ve come to expect from any quality cold brew product.
Described by the producer as “pure liquid cacao,” Cholaca’s Original variety is a blend of three ingredients: water, fair trade cacao and organic fair trade coconut sugar. Designed with the intention of being used as either a shot or in another drink (e.g. milk or coffee), the flavor of the product is intense but enjoyable, even when consumed straight.
Marketed as "the first kombucha producer in the nation's capital," Capital Kombucha is a brand that we first encountered at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show. Based in Washington, D.C., the brand comes in nine varieties, each packaged in 12 oz. glass bottles. For us, simplicity in formulation and design struck a chord... and quenched our thirst.
Kobikaya is a vitamin-enhanced coffee drink that is mocha-flavored and sweetened with sugar. The liquid inside the can is a pretty typical tasting mocha latte, with the milk, sugar, and mocha flavor providing the majority of what hits your palate.
Dirty Lemon Raw Detox is, as the name suggests, a cleanse-focused product. Sold direct-to-consumer, the beverage, which is high pressure processed, is made with water, cold-pressed lemon juice, dandelion root extract, ginger root extract and activated charcoal.
It’s a mainstream flavor, which is a good thing considering it is being launched at Kroger, and very drinkable, with a sweet taste profile that feels as though it was designed with the iced tea drinker rather than the coconut water drinker in mind.