Quinoa Gold: Dark Berry (a beverage by the Newport Quinoa Company)

I am typically a fan of health food drinks (Kombucha, fruit smoothies of the Bolthouse Farms and Naked varieties, and even some of the more bizarre ones that I can’t think of right now), and I also really like quinoa as a food (probably my favorite grain). Quinoa Gold Dark Berry is organic, which is awesome, and said to help sustain hunger. I was about to get on a plane and figured that it couldn’t hurt.

I chose the Dark Berry flavor because it was the most appetizing of the three(the others were Mango Passion and Pina Colada), but it was a mistake.

I have never had a quinoa beverage before, but it is a really interesting concept. This beverage was about the consistency of a fruit smoothy; thick viscous liquid with visible quinoa in the drink. The presence of the whole quinoa grains texture wise creates small little chunks or beads (like bubble tea) as they go down your throat. While this drink is 100% Organic it has a surprisingly medicine like taste. If you remember when you were little that weird pink anti-biotic that you were given every time you didn’t feel good (well, that was the case for me)? This tastes like that, but a really awful version of it (I liked the pink medicine). The berry flavor, I say flavor because there is no actual berry in the drink, is extremely fake, and it is just sickening sweetness…there was nothing tart about it (like a berry should be). The quinoa adds a grainy flavor that helps distract from the gross berry concoction, but not enough to make me ever drink one again.

I’m all for health food drinks, but this one just doesn’t do it for me. It was unique, but not in a good way. It was hard to stomach, and I found myself drinking it, not because I liked it, but because it was so expensive and I thought it would be a waste not too.

Purchase and drink at your own risk.

(Tom)

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4 Responses to “Quinoa Gold: Dark Berry (a beverage by the Newport Quinoa Company)”

  1. Charlie Says:

    I was actually just telling someone yesterday that quinoa is one of my least favorite grains, despite its high nutrient content. It’s just too insubstantial and, well, a bit hairy.

    Thus my slight squeamishness upon discovering they make a smoothie (WTF?). I would rather drink an oatmeal smoothie — which, by the way, actually exists, and comes to us from Peru (just like quinoa!!!).

  2. the flaw in your experience was your selection of flavor! The mango is yummy and I drink them when in the city. I ain’t never seem them on my side of the mississippi (which is actually only three miles from your side).

  3. I agree with Katie. I tried the pina colada, and it really tastes like pina colada. Furthermore, if you CAN get past the gritty texture, this stuff is amazing. I drank it right before and during a workout and had the most amazing strength I’ve had in a long time. I didn’t attribute that to the drink right away. I would never have thought that possible. But after a few extra workouts without the same energy level, I thought maybe the quinoa gold gave me a boost. However, I can’t find it in Whole Foods anymore, so I’m trying to order it on line…

  4. This drink is gross. I have done my research and it was tested when our daughter had an allergy and this is a total sham. It does not have all the nutritional values it claims. Not is one bottle. This should be banned. There is no gold in this product. The Inca’s should catch the maker and foece feed the seeds to them. See what happens.

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