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Coffee Brands Pumping Up the Antioxidant Power

Written on October 11, 2012 at 10:36 am , by

Add a little boost to your next caffeine fix. (Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Coffee)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

When an early business meeting is on the calendar, or that infamous 3:00 p.m. slump rolls around, a lot of us tend to reach for our coffee cups for a quick pick-me-up. But a recent trend in java offers more than just an afternoon buzz for coffee drinkers. While coffee is already a natural source of antioxidants, several brands have begun kicking things up a notch by adding even more antioxidants to their roasts. Some sources indicate increasing antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin E can result in too much of a good thing, but at the very least, this is an intriguing new way to take your vitamins. Below, we’ve rounded up three brewers bringing more than just beans to their beverages.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: Wellness Brewed

The Vermont-based company spent two years developing a collection of K-Cups with added antioxidants, including the “Antioxidant Blend,” which adds Vitamins C and E, and the “Focus Blend” with an added 50mg of L-Theanine (an amino acid usually associated with green tea). Josh Kaplan, Brand Manager at Green Mountain, says “starting with small, smart additions – like adding vitamins C and E to your coffee – enables our consumers to integrate wellness into their daily routine in a delicious way.”

Hawaii Coffee Company : Pure Choices

Lion Coffee, a brand under the Hawaii Coffee Company umbrella, offers a double dose of daily antioxidants in its new line of Pure Choices coffees. The brand partnered with KonaRed Coffee Fruit, a supplier of coffee cherries (the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean). They converted the coffee cherries into an enhancement and then added the antioxidant-rich supplement back into the brew. Try the French Roast or Vanilla varieties next time you’re jonesing for a cup.

The Healthy Bean

Rather than using the coffee cherries to enhance the antioxidants already found in coffee, The Healthy Bean brand adds compounds found in acai berries, pomegranates, blueberries and green tea into their organic brews. According to their website, the coffee has the antioxidant effect of three cups of green tea. Sometimes big gifts really do come in small packages.

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We Tried It: Coco Cafe

Written on December 13, 2011 at 9:59 am , by

Coco Cafe's Coconut Water Cafe Latte. (Photo courtesy of Coco Cafe)

We’re big fans of coconut water and coffee, so when we heard about Coco Cafe’s newest product that combines the two, we were eager to give it a shot.

Coco Cafe’s Coconut Water Cafe Latte (available online and at 200 stores nationwide, including select Whole Foods Markets) is a mix of all-natural and fair trade organic espresso, coconut water and 2 percent milk. Together, these ingredients give you a refreshing boost, which we think both coconut water and coffee lovers will enjoy.

Here’s what our editors had to say about the drink:

“I admit, I was skeptical about the combination of coconut water and coffee at first, but this drink tasted just like an iced latte but without all the extra sugar. It got me through my afternoon of errands.” — Marianne Magno, associate web editor

“This little guy tasted just like an iced frappuccino without all the calories and guilt that I usually feel along with them. It pepped me up during my usual 3 p.m. slump without making me feel sluggish later from a sugar crash, like I usually do with coffee or anything else that is caffeinated.” — Colleen Moody, web editor

“I love coconut water and coffee. It’s a great match. It has a rich taste, but not too heavy, which I like.” — Cheri Crump-O’Donoghue, sittings editor

Tell us: Would you drink coconut water coffee?