Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GURU Organic Energy Drink

Got another goodie from SocialNature! This time, it's GURU Organic Energy Drink. Initially I got a BOGO coupon with a maximum savings of $3.49, but if you are accepted to try this offer, you will now instead receive a voucher to get a free can. (In fact, SocialNature will mail out get-one-free vouchers even to everyone who previously got the buy-one-get-one coupon, which was sent out in error instead of the voucher).

I've been off coffee for months now, and my only caffeine probably comes from the little bit in tea. According to the GURU website, a 250ml can of GURU Organic Energy Drink has 25 grams of carbs from sugar, and the ingredients are: "sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic white grape juice, citric acid, apple acid, natural flavours, organic green tea leaf extract, organic guarana seed extract, organic echinacea flower extract, organic panax ginseng root extract". Any caffeine content is said to be "naturally occuring". It also claims to be organic, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

2015-Oct-2 GURU Organic Energy Drink coupon

Save-on-Foods was selling GURU only in 4-packs for $10.99, so I ended up going to Whole Foods where it was sold at $3.49 (plus enviro fees totalling 6 cents) per can.

Since it's meant to be an energy drink, I waited till I was feeling tired and sleepy (occasional yawning, mostly from boredom) one day at work, and drank about 1/3rd of the skinny can.
It tasted sort of like grape juice, but not as sweet (despite the 25 grams of sugar supposedly in every can). There was also very mild burping, the sort you get from carbonation, except the drink wasn't fizzy-carbonated (like a Pepsi, for example).
Afterwards, I did feel more alert, but without any jittery hyper feeling. I've been off coffee for months, but not tea, and there is a little bit of caffeine in tea (unless otherwise specified) so to be fair, I don't know if I should be expecting suddenly-back-on-caffeine side effects or not.

Cost of the 4-pack works out to about $2.81 per can, assuming 6 cents of enviro fees per can. This puts it on par with getting coffee or at Starbucks. So if you're not into energy drinks or if you want a cold caffeine jolt (assuming you put this in the fridge), then this is an on-par alternative.

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