elephantjournal.com Reviews: Sambazon Amazon Energy Drink.

Via on Jul 12, 2009

Sambazon Amazon Energy

Organic Acai makes Sambazon the anti-Red Bull

In a sea of over-caffeinated, chemically-enriched energy beverages, Sambazon Amazon Energy may be the first organic, naturally sweetened energy booster.

Longtime acquaintances of ele, Sambazon is the first company to focus on the health benefits of the açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-eee) berry. Their mission:

Using Açaí as a vehicle to promote and further sustainability, we’ve teamed up with groundbreaking companies and international organizations dedicated to developing cooperation and positive exchange in the Amazon and beyond. Sambazon is one viable solution of how you, the locals and the rainforest can reap the benefits of a truly magical fruit while protecting and enhancing the future for all.

The USDA-certified organic energy drink comes in a bright purple, 12 oz, recyclable can and states:

We start with açaí, the amazing purple berry we harvest from the Amazon basin. Add the Vitamin-C superfruit acerola, along with rainforest botanicals like guaraná an yerba mate, and you’ve got one potent, all natural energy drink that heightens awareness while boosting your energy and immune system.

Though our editor drank all the samples before I could get to ‘em (which I guess counts as his enthusiastic recommendation)…I’m impressed with the, well, packaging. Most energy drinks are so obnoxiously colored or cluttered with imagery that get a buzz just from looking at the shelves, deliberating which to buy.

As opposed to Red Bull, Sambazon’s Amazon Energy feels classy, the kind of classy that is not immediately equated to long nights mixed with vodka. The can is (of course) recyclable, furthering the company’s devotion to ecological sustainability. They’re in partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Partnership (SAP), working to support the healthy harvest of the açaí tree. With photos of foreign children munching happily on Sambazon’s açaí bars, I’m impressed with Sambazon’s care in evaluating every stage of the production process, especially in supporting the açaí farmer’s family. Additionally, Sambazon supports local Amazonian women by supplying them with the skills to turn the açaí berries into jewelry, the women are able to sell their goods for supplemental family income.

Sambazon’s Amazon Energy may provide a mindful, conscious consumer alternative to those seeking a natural high.

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13 Responses to “elephantjournal.com Reviews: Sambazon Amazon Energy Drink.”

  1. Shanna says:

    What I want to know is did it work? People can say what they want about Red Bull and Coffee but they actually do give you a rush of energy when you need it.

    I rarely drink either but they work good for an emergency.

    • Amen, Shanna. That's the overall critique of "green" stuff—if it costs about the same, and works, the whole wide world will get into it. I can't speak for the above, though I did drink it, since I'd never subject myself to Red Bull–caffeine plus sugar is not a rush I want or need. http://h.whyville.net/smmk/whytimes/article?id=44

    • Linda says:

      Yes it definitely works! Gives me energy that sustains over several hours, but no itchy crazy caffeine buzz feeling. This has been my favorite drink for the last six months!

      Glad to see this review.

  2. Maria DeSimone at 1:44pm July 7
    just bought some!! :-) love sambazon!

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 3:13pm July 7
    psyched there's a planet-conserving, organic and natural fuel alternative to Red Bull and the like, which are like jet fuel!

  3. Ariana Saraha says:

    Sigh, yup, another PRODUCT. While I do appreciate the recyclability of the can, and the support to the indigenous women – still somehow this compulsion to create more and more products to sell leaves me a bit empty…

    Think I'll go dig up a couple roots in my yard and go make tea instead…

  4. jp says:

    Steaz Energy drinks are another Red Bull alternative. Fair trade, organic and pretty tastey. The berry flavor is made with Sambazon Acai.

    http://www.steaz.com/

  5. Aomno Poluj says:

    Whats That

  6. [...] Sambazon stands for “sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon,” and it lives up to its name, making the 60-foot-tall palm trees that produce their miracle product more valuable standing than cut down.  It helps that the basis for all their stuff is dark purple berry that tastes as intriguing as it is potently nutritious.  I like to get mine in their handy smoothie packs, toss ‘em with granola and bananas and voila—a breakfast replete with 20 vitamins and minerals plus fatty acids and antioxidants.  My hope is that they’ll discover an eco packaging up to the task, making my date with this irresistible healthy dessert that much more satisfying. From elephant journal, Winter 2007/08. [...]

  7. Juliana
    Lest we get ahead of ourselves, large volumes of caffeine and sugar are still not good for you, whether they are eco-organic or not.

    Jeremy Black
    well I gotta step in and say to be fair our little energizing drinks have less caffeine than a cup of coffee and that caffeine comes from a vitalizing blend of Guayaki's mate and some green tea- and on the sugar tip we kept it under 30g per can and if you don't like that there's a diet version using organic stevia- these drinks aren't for everyone… See More- but for those looking for a tasty organic energizing beverage- we gave it our best effort and feel pretty great about how it turned out! Send us your address via info@sambazon.com and we'll send you a coupon for a free can to try : ) jah love!!!!

    elephantjournal.com
    Honor to have you on here, Jeremy, one of the great founders of Sambazon!

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