Using the same bottle and one-color label style seen in dozens of cold brew products, it’s hard to look at CAFF -- which is definitely a great tasting beverage -- and not have the feeling that you are looking at something that’s a commodity product.
Happy Tree Maple Water’s Lemon variety is a two-ingredient blend of organic maple water and organic lemon juice. Rather than tasting like lemon-flavored maple water, the product tastes like a pretty well-executed lemonade.
Venice Cold Brew is a product is made with direct trade coffee beans, which are steeped in natural spring water for 12 hours. The company triple-filters the liquid and bottles it. The end result is strong, but smooth, and compared with the rest of the cold brew category, the flavor is definitely up there with the best of them.
Teonic is a brand of 100 percent organic, unsweetened herbal teas. Packaged in 8 oz. apothecary-style glass bottles, Teaonic comes in a number of function-focused varieties, such as "I Love My Liver" and "I Love My Skin." For us, the overly functional and preachy vibe of the labels is slightly off putting, especially because what's inside the bottle is flavorful and tasty.
Temple Turmeric recently added a new mainstream-oriented line of turmeric-infused beverages that are feature a lower calorie and sugar count than its primary offerings. Described as “fully-functional thirst-quenchers,” Temple Turmeric's Super Lights beverages come in three approachable flavor varieties: Hibiscus Berry-Ade, Lemon Ginger-Ade and Strawberry Lemon-Ade.
The evolution of Golazo continues in 2015 with refined flavors, USDA Organic certification, and updated packaging. The shift appears to be an effort to make the products more mainstream and intuitive. The same can be said about other changes to the packaging, which further reduce to the soccer theme that Golazo used as a launching pad.
Mucho Gazpacho produces a three-SKU line of bottled gazpacho drinks, each made with a very clean list of ingredients, including tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet onions, and bell peppers, olive oil, white wine vinegar and salt.
With both a unique value proposition and package type, HFACTOR is an innovative approach to the packaged water category. The product is formulated with molecular hydrogen gas dissolved into water and packaged into an 8 oz. pouch commonly used for dry packaged snacks.
Bottled soups have emerged as a noteworthy trend in recent months, and among a handful seen at the recently held 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show was Splendid Spoon. Based in Brooklyn, the company produces a range of plant-based soups -- including a vegan bone broth -- that are cooked, packaged in 16 oz. bottles and promoted as a "drinkable soup cleanse."
Pressed Juicery recently added a couple of 2 oz. shot products to its portfolio of cold-pressed juices. The Vitality Shot and Wellness Shot are both flavorful, and we like that the company uses a square-shaped 2 oz. bottle, which creates visual continuity with the rest of the brand.
Produced in Vermont, Purify Juice is a cold-pressed, high processed juice brand. In our review of three of its varieties, we appreciate the minimalist quality of the labels, but feel that a bit more information about the ingredients and a nutrition facts panel is needed.
Based in the beach town of Montauk, N.Y., Sweet'tauk produces a line of premium, cold-pressed lemonade beverages that are high pressure processed. Available in four varieties, the drinks come in 12 oz. bottles designed with a summertime motif.
Califia Farms recently added a two-SKU line of horchata drinks to its portfolio of dairy alternative, juice and coffee beverages. Made with a base of rice milk and almond milk, the products come in Cinnamon and Vanilla varieties, each packaged in 48 oz. carafes.
Announced yesterday as the top cold beverage product at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show, White and Vine is the fourth flavor variety for Owl’s Brew. The cocktail mixer is a blend of white tea, pomegranate, lemon peel and watermelon. Here's our take: