SOBE lifewater Pacific Coconut with coconut water, review

It is good to see a beverage manufacturer providing an alternative to the unpleasant tasting coconut water on the market. Last year I reviewed Zico pineapple & citrus flavored coconut water and although I was impressed with how it refreshed & hydrated me, I could hardly manage to drink the entire beverage. Coconut water can be bitter and have an unappealing rancid fat note. Sweetener Coconut water typically needs some sugar or sweetener to mask the bitter rancid flavor. The team at Sobe beverage must have thought the same thing. Because lifewater with coconut water has sugar and Reb A (a natural high potency sweetner from Stevia extract). Sobe beverage also has less coconut water, 10%. This reduction results in a better taste, but … [Read more...]

SoBe lifewater black & blue berry review

Northwest Berries The only way to truly know what a fruit or vegetable tastes like is to try it fresh and ripe. Moving to the Northwest has given me the opportunity to try other fresh fruits and vegetables. Some new favorites are raspberries and blueberries. In fact, I like blueberries so much, I planted some in my backyard. Before moving here, I would have describe blueberries as floral or green; maybe even watery. Blueberries are a touch more complex when picked ripe. They have a nice full sweetness, a touch of a floral character, some seedy notes, nice juiciness and a subtle tartness. My Impression The SoBe lifewater black & blueberry has an excellent flavor. It is distinctly blueberry with a nice juicy, sweet, seedy and full … [Read more...]

SoBe LEAN Honey Green Tea

Stevia first introduced in Japan Fifteen years ago I was formulating green tea beverages for beverage manufacturers and trying out the natural high potency sweetener stevia extract(Reb A). I was working for a Japanese flavor company making prototypes for large beverage manufacturers in the United States and evaluating beverages sweetened with stevia that were on the market in Japan. Stevia has been approved for use as a natural sweetening agent in Japan for years. Recently, the United States deemed stevia safe for use in food and beverage. High Potency Sweeteners Honestly, I am not a huge high potency sweetener fan. High Potency sweeteners are usually 100-300 times sweeter than sugar. They include aspartame, sucralose, Ace K, stevia, … [Read more...]