A lot of people in my generation can’t sit down to a meal without a glass of juice or soda. It’s a habit I never acquired. I take water — a minimum of two glasses with each meal. Even when dining in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant and there is house tea available, I will drink the tea but still consume the same amount of water. There’s no health benefit in drinking soda and the nutrients in commercial juices are, at best, suspect but those aren’t the reasons why I don’t like them. The sugar content just makes me feel more thirsty so they don’t work for me.
Consequently, juices — in cartons, cans or bottles — have never been among my regular grocery items. In fact, I only buy juice to make cocktail drinks. Once in a blue moon, however, I discover juices that are hard to resist. The last time we were at Robinson’s Antipolo, I saw berry juices and tea drinks in cartons that came in several flavors. Two immediately caught my eye — the red tea with hibiscus and cranberry, and the yellow tea with coconut water. Sam, on the other hand, chose two berry juices. All are products of The Berry Company.
Why did the red tea with hibiscus and cranberry, and the yellow tea with coconut water magnetize me?
I love every part of the coconut — from the pure coconut water straight off the husk (and the drinks and sorbets I make with it) to the soft meat to the milk pressed from mature coconut meat. I’m so happy to note that the world has discovered what we from the tropics have been enjoying all our lives.
And the red tea with hibiscus and cranberry? What’s the attraction? At the cafe of the Negros Museum, I discovered hibiscus juice and was extremely smitten. I brought home a bag of dried hibiscus buds, did a little Googling and learned that there are local companies that produce drink, jams and candies products made from hibiscus, Then, I replicated the Negros Museum drink at home.
Were The Berry Company’s red tea with hibiscus and cranberry, and the yellow tea with coconut water good? I loved the red tea with hibiscus and cranberry but not so much the yellow tea with coconut water which tasted more like coconut oil rather than coconut water. Sam’s Superberries juice was wonderful.
The price? PHP65.00 (about USD1.46) for a 330ml carton. A little pricey (the retail price, of course, includes importation costs, taxes and other fees). But, for the quality of the drinks (no artificial colors, no preservatives and no artificial sweeteners), the price isn’t bad at all.