Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Java Juice

I'm a coffee junkie. Bona fide full blown caffeine addict. I haven't been a day without it in years. Unless you count the day my ex some how neglected to inform me that the coffee jar contained decaf. What a head ache that gave me. But I did end up getting my fix , but only after I figured that part out.

When you're a junkie like I am, one of my biggest dilemmas when travel is getting my fix. And what's an even bigger challenge it making sure you've got some decent to drink when backpacking. One of my backpacking friends directed me to a new product that might just fit the bill, Java Juice. It looks like a great product. Small sealed pouches with liquid coffee extract. The pouches can supposedly withstand a fair amount of pressure. Making them ideal for stuffing into a back pack and carrying around for several days.

I ordered a 10 pack, the smallest increment you can get, to try it out. Here's my experience

My ordered arrived after about ten days. I was pretty excited to give it a try really have time after dinner and needed to wait until another day when I knew I wouldn't be. But alas I didn't up until the wee hours on a caffeine buzz. The packets are nice and compact. About two and half times the size of a ketchup packet. Each containing 0.5 fluid oz or pure Java Juice, "black gold" and USDA Organic too!

First impressions
The package was easy to open. Much like any packet of this sort. It's some sort of techno material that doesn't rip easy. So, there's a small slit on the side to start it. I tasted some right out of the packet, full strength. Which might have been a mistake. I think it shocked my taste buds such that I couldn't taste any more. Because once I added water to the Juice, it tasted flat. No real umph, flavor like that of Hills Brothers at half strength.

I need to give it another try. This time without tasting the stuff full strength. I've also got a bit of a cold, so that might be effecting my taste buds. But my initial impression is, I like my Folgers bags better.

More to come later.


Anonymous said...

Dude - folgers bags make coffee one step above instant which is one step above coffee made by boiling dirt. How can Java Juice not be better?

Randy said...

Well bad taste is better then no taste. And so far the Java Juice had no taste. I'm going to give it another try this weekend and see if my taste buds were 'off'.

Nerak said...

Another backpacking friend says don't do any of these mediocre coffee solutions - pack chocolate covered espresso beans!

ydnar said...

Nice try "nerak"!! I am now considering hiring a sherpa to haul an espresso machine. Problem solved!!!