It’s been quite some time but I’m back again with a new alternative review, this time for a new brand called Java Chews. This is long overdue and I’d like to offer my sincere apologies to the folks at Java Chews.
According to their site – www.javachews.com, “Java Chews is a tobacco and nicotine-free alternative to tobacco chew with a caffeine lift. It has the delicious flavors of coffee, from the sweet and bold flavor of Mocha to the fresh tingle of Winter Mint, with the kick of caffeine to give you that tobacco sensation. All in perfect-portion, single-serving pouches.”
The comparison to other coffee flavored products, and especially pouch coffee products, is inevitable but I’m going to review Java Chews as a stand alone product without referencing any others out there (hopefully).
The product comes in a plastic round tin. Product is stamped “Made in the USA” and contains a “best used by” date on each can which I really appreciate. All four cans I tried were sealed tight and super fresh upon opening.
The products themselves were very consistent from flavor to flavor so my reviews will be pretty much based on my enjoyment of that particular flavor. All versions offered good spitability with lots of dark saliva if you chose to spit. As these are coffee products you do NOT need to spit (though you can’t swallow the actual pouch). When I sample these I always go with two pouches to really make sure I’m sampling the flavor. Not necessary but I’d recommend it especially if you’d consider yourself a “bold” coffee drinker.
Java Chews Flavored Coffee Pouches – Wintergreen
I started out with Wintergreen as I was primarily a Kodiak Wintergreen guy back in my chewing days. This was nice and had what I’d call a hint of Wintergreen flavoring but it certainly wasn’t overpowering… quite the contrary. I would have preferred more wintergreen flavoring. In retrospect this was probably my least favorite of the bunch.
Java Chews Flavored Coffee Pouches – French Vanilla
There are a couple of Vanilla products out there but nothing that I’d consider a French Vanilla. This one was better than the Wintergreen and it reminded me of a nice and inviting cup of coffee that you’d get walking into a small coffee shop not named Starbucks. A warm vanilla flavor to this one that lasted well after I actually took the pouch out of my mouth.
Java Chews Flavored Coffee Pouches – Caramel Flavor
BAM. Java Chews just hit their stride in a big bad way. From the get go this one was different and it really packed a punch flavor wise. The caramel flavoring came through huge here and vaulted this one to the top of the list.
Java Chews Flavored Coffee Pouches – Mocha Flavor
If caramel was my favorite, mocha was a close second. Outstanding flavor here as well but with a hint of chocolate too. Definitely ended my tasting on a high note with these last two flavors.
Java Chews Flavored Coffee Pouches – Ingredients
You can find ingredients for all flavors of Java Chews Flavored Coffee Pouches here.
Java Chews – Thoughts & Recommendation
Java Chews are coffee products, so as you can imagine, they taste like coffee. If you’re not a coffee fan you’re going to have a hard time enjoying these but if you are I’d absolutely recommend giving them a try.
Java Chews can be found on the web at www.javachews.com, on Facebook /JavaChews or on Twitter @Javachews. They offer “starter packs” in quantities of 4 ($15.96), 8 ($31.92), 12 ($43.99) or 24 ($84.99) or you can get single flavors in the same quantities and pricing. Special thanks to Eric at Java Chews for providing samples for me to try and review.
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