Reviews

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: Califia Farms Concentrated Cold Brew Coffee

Califia Farms, which had previously produced only ready-to-drink coffees, has officially jumped into the cold brew coffee concentrate category with this product. The key selling point of this multi-serve beverage is, much like other cold brew products, its low acidity level, which Califia touts as being 60 percent lower than hot brewed coffee.

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.

Review: Soylent

Soylent’s ready to drink “version 1.3” (released at the end of 2014) is a powdered nutritional shake mix that is the commercialized version of the do-it-yourself recipe (which can be found on the Internet), and designed to satisfy all nutritional requirements that the human body needs.

Review: Velu

Velu is a beverage that’s focused on a classic ingredient for juice bars: wheatgrass. It’s one of those under-loved ingredients that is generally consumed -- many times in shot form -- purely for health purposes rather than flavor. That’s what Velu is setting out to change with its flagship product.