Coffee Berry Juice offers antioxidant boost
By Christine Richmond, senior articles editor
Until a few months ago, I had never heard of the coffee berry, an antioxidant-rich fruit grown in tropical areas like Brazil. Part of the coffee plant, the bright red berries are usually thrown out after their beans are harvested. That changed recently when natural beverage company O.N.E. started collecting the discarded berries from coffee growers to make its vitamin-rich O.N.E. Coffee Berry Juice ($2.50 at Whole Foods Markets, or check onenaturalexperience.com for stores). The sweet-tart drink, which is a blend of coffee berry, cherry, and strawberry purées (I notice the taste of juicy strawberries most of all—I didn’t detect a coffee flavor) provides a whopping 950 percent of your daily vitamin C and has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of green tea (the coffee berry is mildly caffeinated). The juice stays fresh in its airtight, eco-friendly Tetra Pak container (it’s made out of lightweight paper sourced from managed forests). I keep one in my gym bag for a healthy post-workout pick-me-up.