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Review: Califia Farms Pure Almondmilk and Cuties Juices

When I stumbled across the gorgeous bottle by Califia Farms Pure Almondmilk (Creamy), I photographed and featured it on my Instagram few months ago. I instantly fell in love with the bottle and the decent almondmilk. I was given an opportunity to review the Califia Farms Almondmilk products including Cuties Juices.

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These Califia Farms Pure Almondmilk products are all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and GMO-free. Their Pure Almondmilk comes in four varieties: Unsweetened, Vanilla, Creamy and a Coconut Almondmilk Blend. I haven’t seen the Coconut-Almond Blend yet, since it was only released in January 2013 at Whole Foods in NorCal. While typical almond milks are processed from roasted almonds, Califia Farms’ Pure Almondmilk is made from whole blanched (not roasted) California almonds. Califia Farms contains no saturated data and has more calcium. Califia Farms Almond Milks are all Non-GMO Verified by the Non-GMO Project. They are all-natural, non-organic.

They also developed Cuties Juices that come in many flavors and varieties. Cuties Juices are vegan, except for their Protein Power (uses whey protein) and they don’t pasteurize their products. All are GMO-free and all-natural. They are also gluten-free.

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about

“Califia Farms was founded in 2010 by beverage visionary and Odwalla founder Greg Steltenpohl, the company produces all of its products locally in California. Califia Farms’ new plant is eco-friendly, energy efficient, clean-water responsible and repurposes more than 90% of its post-production byproduct. State-of-the-art technology locks in freshness and ensures year round flavor consistency. The name Califia comes from a Spanish legend, telling of a warrior queen called Califia who ruled over a kingdom of women living on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California – and so gave the state its name” (Califia Farms Biography, January 2013).

available in

Cuties Juices (never from concentrate and vegan)
100% Tangerine Juice – 8 oz, 12oz, 48 oz
Tangerine, Orange and Mango (48 oz)
Tangerine, Orange and Pineapple (48 oz)

Cuties Smoothies (Protein Power Smoothies are not vegan)
8 oz– GoGo Green, Blue Blaster, Dreamsicle, Monkey Madness, Rockin’ Red (48 oz also)
Mega Green (48 oz also)
Island Cuties (48 oz also)

Califia Farms Pure Almondmilk (vegan)
Unsweetened, Creamy, Vanilla, Toasted Coconut Blend – 48 oz

Califia Farms California Citrus Juice (vegan)
Orange Juice, Lemonade, Lemon-Limeade – 48 oz

where to buy

Their Almondmilk is carried throughout these states: CA, WA, OR, CO, UT, NM, MO, KS, WI, IL, and NY. Their Cuties Juice website has a store locator to find local stores carrying the juice.

my verdict

I tried three flavours of Pure Almondmilk varieties (48 oz): Unsweetened, Creamy, Vanilla and only one Cuties Juices (48oz), 100% Tangerine Juice.

Unsweetened Pure Almondmilk

The flavor resembled a bit of Creamy Pure Almondmilk, but very smooth and light. It is a perfect for cooking such as making a vegan cheesy sauce. I’ve used it in lattes, chai, smoothies, simple baking, cooking and even drinking it straight with stevia.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Almondmilk (purified Water, Almonds), Natural Minerals (calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate), Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Gellan Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin Blend: (vitamin A, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2).

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Vanilla Pure Almondmilk

This type has a mild vanilla flavor and it does not taste very sweet. It is a bit like a vanilla infused unsweetened almond milk. The color appeared slightly darker than these two varieties, Creamy and unSweetened. I tried to use this in the frother, but it didn’t work out as a creamer. Vanilla Pure Almondmilk is ideal for drinking alone, ice cold or warmed, even in smoothies.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Almondmilk (purified Water, Almonds), Organic Sugar, Natural Minerals (calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate), Natural Flavors, Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Gellan Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin Blend: (vitamin A, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2).

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Creamy Pure Almondmilk

This was my second attempt to try the Creamy variety, and my favorite variety among others. The flavor left a creamy touch to my taste buds. It was smooth without being too heavy or thick. This one didn’t work in the frother; it became a hot liquid instead. I am always curious to see if a creamy dairy-free milk would work in the frother since I love my creamy lattes or chai. The creamy Almondmilk is great with my banana-pineapple smoothie as it provides the creaminess without lumps.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Almondmilk (purified Water, Almonds), Organic Sugar, Natural Minerals (calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate), Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Gellan Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin Blend: (vitamin A, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2).

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Cuties Juice 100% Tangerine Juice

I tried the 48 oz bottle of that and it is a clementine & mandarin blend. It tasted more like a fresh Clementine, not just your ordinary processed orange juice you find in your regular markets. They are juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges. At 150% daily value of Vitamin C per 8 oz serving, this cold-squeezed and cold-filled juice is squeezed from fresh clementine and mandarin fruit, never from concentrate. There are no added sugar, refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Plus, these Cuties Juice bottles and caps are 100% recyclable, as their bottles are PET1 and their caps are PET5. Please note, all ingredients are natural, but non-organic.

I wish I can find other flavors by Cuties Juices, but it seems that it is difficult to find other flavors in my area (Oregon).

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Tangerine juice, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

 

DISCLAIMER
This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review by Califia Farms . All products that are mentioned and reviewed here on my vegan blog are of my own personal opinions and I am not being compensated to review them, only just to share my thoughts. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.

 

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