April 21, 2006
Steaz Organic Green Tea Soda: Root Beer
Is it a horribly flat soda? Is it weirdly sweet tea? Those are the first thoughts that ran through my mind when I tried Steaz' Organic Green Tea Soda, Root Beer flavor. One thing's for sure: if you're expecting Barq's taste in an organic package, you'll be disappointed. There's a distinctive root beer flavor, but it's wrapped in a watery, decidedly un-bubbly package.
I suppose if you drink a ton of soda (or are worried about scurvy--Steaz adds 60% USDA of Vitamin C), it might be worth going for the organic brand. But if you're drinking a ton of soda, you're probably not too terribly concerned with your health in the first place. I'll give 'em credit for trying, but I don't think this product will make its way back into my grocery cart anytime soon. I'd say if you really want a root beer, go for the brands that are choc full of artificial crap. Life's too short!
To be fair, it's probably tough to make a green-tea based version of a soda that's been around for generations and with which people have strong pre-existing flavor expectations. I'd bet some of their less conventional flavors, like Key Lime and Raspberry, are probably quite tasty. If you try one and like it, leave a comment!
About Steaz: Ok, so I felt bad about my negative review after looking at their Web site. They seem like a really earnest company and certainly come across as passionate believers in their product. That's gotta count for something, right?
Steaz Green Tea Soda Root Beer Ingredients: Sparkling filtered water, organic evaporated cane juice, natural root beer flavor, caramel color, organic Ceylon green tea, citric acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and sodium citrate.
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Posted by Blogpire Productions at April 21, 2006 2:25 AM
Blecchhh - it tasted like Pledge mixed in water. Stay with Honest Tea.
I tried Steaz at Whole Foods in Philly. It was good. I like Honest Tea better, but Steaz is a close second.
I think you are very hard on Steaz. I like sugar and think that carbonation and bone loss is good for people.
This is an interesting post relevant to topic:
Susan, I tried Maine Root. It is the best rootbeer I have ever tasted.
I just tried a new rootbeer called Maine Root. It is organic like Steaz - but unlike Steaz I find it neither flat nor bad tasting. It is available at Whole Foods and I 100% recommend it. That's my two cents on rootbeer - Maine Root could be what you're looking for.
There is nothing wrong with these. With the exception of root beer, all of the other flavors are fine. I would rather drink these than load up on corn syrup.
First there was "green-washing".
Now it looks like we have "green-tea-washing".
There will always be companies exploiting good causes like fair trade and organic. There will always be companies looking for loopholes to legislation designed to help protect future generations from the health issues that plague our generation. Sad.
Sugar is ok when moderated, but do drinks with added sugar belong in schools? Most of the industry leaders like cadburry, coke and pepsi are not selling carbonated , sugared beverages in schools.
I am all for entrepreneurship, but shouldn't all brands in the beverage industry, in an effort to show our industry the integrity it deserves, lead by example. It is important the beverage industry put aside our differences and stand together when it comes to the welfare of our children.
So, how can a product like Steaz which has 35 grams of sugar in a bottle and loads of carbonation make it into the school lunch program? It is going to be sold in Sen. Harkin's Iowa - would he want the children in his family to drink this?
Do we really want to bring government ratings in to our industry because we could not police ourselves? This will happen if we are not careful.
It's all about the $$$. The big boys like Coke and Pepsi decide to pull out of schools because they have enough money and can do the right thing. The new guys go in to make money wherever they can and at any cost. 'nuff said.
Why do they allow Steaz to be sold in schools when it is carbonated and has 35 grams of cane sugar in a can? I think that is way too much sugar for kids - and adults.
The thing I like about organic goodies like soda is that they don't have that bitter diet taste and it's truly good for you(except carbonation lol). The most ideal thing would be to make your own soda at home, but it's better then nothing.
Good for you Makers Mark! You have integrity, as do the guys who have brought us Steaz. We love Steaz and have met the Steaz guys at a few stores where they were really nice to my whole family. They seem so passionate about what they do and I don't believe for one minute that they are out there to undermine or cheat anyone. They have introduced a healthy soda to our family and we love it! Can't wait to try their energy drink. If it's as good as their soda, they will have a home run! Best of luck to these hard working and honest people!!!
Nice try steepers....you tried to knock them down years ago and look where they are today...the leading organic bottled soda now found in all 50 states...haven't tried their energy drink but based on the integrity of their soda, I have no doubts the integrity of the energy product is equally matched by the taste.
the product is less than par, you pretty much had it straight with "Is it a horribly flat soda? Is it weirdly sweet tea?"
also, i think its worth taking a look at the history of this so-called earnest, hard-working co.
they've had legal action take course upon them multiple times already for trademark/copyright infringement, involving a number of separate companies.
not sure if you recall, but they used to go by the name "steap". until the company they stole the name and logo from came forth to say such. uh oh.
their most recent wanna be cash cow is dubbed "steaz energy". details can be found at http://www.steazenergy.com/
lets take a look at the packaging, those three horizontal slashes at the top of the can look an awful lot like the monster energy drink logo. uh oh... look out again folks. seems like theres just too much pain and suffering involved for steaz to come up with anything original, guilt-free.
however, i'm a fair person, i let health and taste be my final deciding factor. though in these avenues as well, steaz leaves much to be desired. just another junk food guised as health food money maker in our rapidly growing contemporary "health conscious" society. beware of imitations friends.