So I recently tried the Bai drinks for the first time, because my husband’s cousin started working for the company and they boasted being 100% natural with only 5 calories a serving and had cool looking bottles and I was curious. You know, the usual.
The bottles are $2 each so I started small and grabbed a bottle each of lemon, coconut and pomegranate (not pictured) to try them out, figuring I’d start with some flavors that I was already pretty familiar with and usually enjoy.
I was hooked pretty much immediately. The drinks are sweet (thanks to Erythritol, a natural sweetener made from GMO-free corn, and Organic Stevia extract) but not too sweet and each kind of have their own thing going on – though all the drinks also contain antioxidants from coffeefruit – the outer shell that covers the coffee beans in our coffee.
According to Bai, “Local farmers in coffee-growing regions such as Indonesia and Sumatra have traditionally left coffeefruit in the field after coffee harvesting because up until recently the highly-perishable fruit has been difficult to stabilize. Now that Bai has established a method of gathering, purifying and dehydrating coffeefruit on location, Bai is able to bring coffefruit to bai-lievers everywhere.“
Of the four flavors I’ve now tried, these are my impressions:
Limu Lemon: Love. It’s got a nice bold citrus flavor without being overpowering and is perfectly refreshing and sweet but not too sweet. This is a crowd pleaser – everyone who I’ve offered one to has liked it.
Molokai Coconut: This one may be my favorite. Probably if you don’t like coconut it will do nothing for you, but I’m a big coconut fan and the flavor is fantastic. It has a nice soothing feeling to it as you a drink – a stark contrast to the lemon which is more invigorating.
Sumatra Dragonfruit: I actually didn’t care for this one – it has an aftertaste that reminds me of a cough drop – almost mentholy… But my husband and his friend completely disagreed and really liked it. So maybe I’m crazy or maybe dragonfruit just isn’t my thing.
Ipanema Pomegranate: Just like any good pomegranate drink, this one catches you off guard on first sip. They aren’t messing around and as a fan of a good pomegranate juice, I can appreciate this. I really enjoyed it and especially loved that it had a good 115 less calories at least compared to your typical glass of fruit juice.
So that’s my take on the flavors I’ve tried so far but they have a lot more that I’ll have to check out at some point. Have you tried any of the Bai drinks? Which one is if your favorite? Any other brands I should check out?
I was not given any compensation for this review – Bai does not know who I am (well except for my husband’s cousin) and did not ask me to review their product. I am simply sharing my thoughts on the drinks for anyone else who has seen the giant display of them in their grocery store and wondered if they were any good.