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Combine a packet of Java Juice coffee concentrate with hot water, and you’ve got an authentic cup of java. Photography by Michael Steele.





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KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.



May 2008

Product Reviews / NutriNibbles / NutriBeverages

Java Juice Liquid Coffee Concentrate

Concentrated, Liquid Coffee: Portable, Organic, Kosher Too



CAPSULE REPORT: For a quick cup of hot or iced coffee, Java Juice’s individual packets of coffee extract couldn’t be easier. Just tear open a packet, add to hot water or iced water, and you’re good to go. The solution is perfect for outdoors types, travelers and those who want kosher and/or organic coffee. It delivers the aroma, flavor and color of fresh-brewed.

Java Juice Overview

Java Juice is a premium liquid coffee concentrate that offers the convenience of instant coffee with the flavor of fresh-brewed. Cold-extract coffee concentrate—with much of the bitterness and acidity removed, is packaged in single-serving poly packets. All you have to do is tear the packet open, add the contents to a cup, glass or thermos and add water.

A pure coffee extract, Java Juice is made from 100% premium, organic arabica coffee beans and triple-filtered water. There are no additives or preservatives (and hence a one-year shelf life). Java Juice makes a quick cup of coffee at home, on the go, at work, hiking and camping, and for baking, cooking and beverages from smoothies to cocktails. At a bit more than $1.00 a cup, it’s more expensive than brewing a pot, but a good-tasting convenience food. It’s also a good solution for those who want organic- and/or kosher-certified coffee at work or on the road.

The poly packets have a PSI rating of 190 pounds, which means that they can be tossed into backpacks or luggage and sustain crushing and air pressure without breaking.

Hot Coffee Or Iced Coffee

To make coffee, just add water to the contents of the half-ounce packet. You can adjust the amount to your own taste; in fact, while Java Juice recommends 10 to 12 ounces, we preferred the strength at 8 ounces of water. So start with a lower amount: You can always add more, but you can’t take away what you’ve added. Hot coffee doesn’t require boiling water—in fact, the company recommends against it. Microwave-hot water is just fine, whether you’re enjoying it in a ceramic mug or filling a travel mug or thermos. We added our milk into our mug with the water and the Java Juice, microwaved for 60 seconds, and got a cup that was good, hot and fast.

For a glass of iced coffee, there’s no need to wait for hot coffee to cool, or to dilute the brew with ice. Just add Java Juice to cold water for fast and delicious iced coffee.

Java Juice Packets
Just open a packet and add water.

Varieties Of Java Juice

For years, there was only one Java Juice, now called Original. The company has just released Decaf, Hazelnut and French Vanilla, which we’ll have to taste and report back on.

Original does taste fresh-brewed. It probably won’t pass muster with that small percentage of coffee connoisseurs who are bean- and device-obsessive, or with those who have become accustomed to the darker roast of Starbucks. But it has been blended to appeal to the typical American palate. Those who take their coffee black for the rich nuances of the brew will find it acceptable, if not the apex of flavor complexity; those who add milk will find it a good cup. As mentioned earlier, the lack of bitterness and high acidity is a plus (to all except those who actually like bitterness and acidity).

Java Juice Recipe Ideas

Because of its superior strength and low water content, Java Juice is the perfect ingredient for flavoring:

  • Barbecue sauce, marinades, chili
  • Brownies, cookies, cakes
  • Cocktails
  • Coffee milk or mocha milk (hot or cold)
  • Coffee pudding, flan
  • Shakes and smoothies
  • Thai iced coffee (with ice water and sweetened condensed milk)

The website contains recipes for most of these. We particularly enjoyed making a coffee ice cream soda with milk, half a packet of Java Juice and coffee or vanilla ice cream (chocolate syrup and/or ice cream turns it into a mocha ice cream soda). Our low-calorie secret: Breyer’s No Sugar Added Ice Cream and nonfat milk.

The 20-Count Can and 10-Count Craft Tube (Assorted) are nice for gifting.


Decaf, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Original

Certified USDA Organic
Certified Kosher By KSA

  • 20-Count Can
  • 10-Count Craft Tube
    All 4 Flavors
    Regular Only
  • 80-Count Box
    Decaf, Hazelnut, French
  • Other Sizes Available

Purchase online* at

Java Juice Tube
Ten-count craft tube.

*Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them. This link to purchase is provided as a reader convenience.

Great Books About Coffee

The World Encyclopedia Of Coffee Coffee Basics - Kevin Knox Javatrekker by Dean Cycon
The World Encyclopedia of Coffee, by Mary Banks. This book is a fabulous resource, and belongs on the shelf of any self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. Click here for more information. Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide, by Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker. Demysti-fy the jargon; learn the funda-mentals of coffee buying, brew-ing, and tasting. Click here for more information. Javatrekker: Dispatches From the World of Fair Trade Coffee, by Dean Cycon. A must-read for all coffee lovers, about how the beans get from the third world to our table. Click here for more information.


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