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Confession time: I’ve long been skeptical of coffee in a can. And to be clear, no, I’m not a coffee elitist with a multi-step homebrew routine. It’s just that the marketing and packaging of most canned coffees (like Starbucks and “Death Wish Coffee”) have what I’ll call the caffeine-guzzler vibe. They overwhelm me -- featuring a lot of words, artificial colors and ingredients, most canned coffees are designed for someone willing to procure their morning stimulant at any cost.
I’m also not of the I-need-caffeine-or-I’m-a-monster breed: I drink my morning cup for the ritual and rhythm it adds to my day. So, when I received a package from HAMAKA, a brand meaning “balance” and intent on delivering such through minimal-ingredient coffees and teas, I was at first suspicious, then quickly disarmed.
After sampling the HAMAKA family of beverages, I’m convinced that they’ve canned the simple pleasures of coffee and tea into a beautiful and artisanal experience that feels right -- they’ve struck perfection on taste, aesthetic, even sound, and most importantly: feeling.
The Spark Behind It All
HAMAKA was founded to provide a “daily spark” free of jitters or crash to its drinkers. The brand has released cans of Cold Brew, Oat Milk Latte, Matcha Tea, Hibiscus Flower Tea, and Mineral Water containing simple, high quality plant-based ingredients, plus a minimal dose of American Hemp for a balanced, sustainable experience that tastes good and is good for the body. Free of additives, sugar, and artificial ingredients, HAMAKA beverages are crafted with human health and environmental impact in mind. They’ll ship any of their drinks in a 6, 12, or 24 pack for $30, $58, and $99, respectively right to your door.
Noticeably Real Ingredients
From sourcing to processing, HAMAKA is committed to being a leader of environmental standards and ingredient quality in their category. It’s clear that HAMAKA takes pride in these promises, and rightfully so -- each drink’s taste reflects its mindful procurement:
- The brand’s coffee is made from Honduran and Ethiopian sustainably-grown organic coffee that is lightly roasted, then naturally filtered and canned without the addition of sugar or dairy.
- Oat Milk Lattes are crafted by simply adding whole grain oats to the coffee mentioned above.
- Japanese organic ceremonial matcha is stoneground using age-old traditions for a balanced release of caffeine in HAMAKA’s Matcha Tea.
- HAMAKA sources hibiscus flowers from the Nubian Valley in Egypt and combines them with organic mojito mint and orange zest extract to create their caffeine-free Hibiscus Tea.
- Each can also contains a small (5-10mg), yet targeted dose of American hemp.
Crafted Simply for a Unique Experience
My favorite part of HAMAKA is how well it aligns with my consumption ethos: focus on simplicity, be mindful of sustainability, all while being willing to pay a premium for quality. I’ve found oftentimes the simplest products are the hardest to perfect -- by stripping away distractions and embellishments, a product’s true bones become the focus -- and melding simplicity with real quality is a difficult feat. HAMAKA has risen to the occasion.
Each of HAMAKA’s drinks contains the ingredients mentioned above, plus reverse osmosis water, and that’s it. Every can contains between 3-5 ingredients with nothing artificial added, so each drink has a natural and wholesome taste. Plus, 3 of the 4 flavors contain 0 calories.
Each of HAMAKA’s drinks contains the ingredients mentioned above, plus reverse osmosis water, and that’s it. Every can contains between 3-5 ingredients with nothing artificial added, so each drink has a natural and wholesome taste. Plus, 3 of the 4 flavors contain 0 calories (the Oat Milk Latte contains 40 calories).
In selecting few, top quality ingredients, HAMAKA has created a line of drinks that are shockingly easy to describe: their Cold Brew is rich and potent, the Oat Milk Latte is light and comforting, the Matcha Tea is crisp and earthy, and the Hibiscus Tea is fruity and tart. The Oat Milk Latte is my current favorite (I’ve been on an oat milk kick lately), and I’ve enjoyed the Hibiscus Tea as a light and fruity afternoon treat. If you’re used to drinking coffees and teas infused with additives, HAMAKA’s offerings will have a noticeably down-to-earth taste and may require some at-home sweetening. If you take your coffee black and your tea frills-free, the brand’s quality will be noticeable. Regardless of your preference, HAMAKA just may be your next big obsession… especially once you feel the benefits of the brand’s drinks.
A Dose of Clarity
HAMAKA’s coffees and matcha give me the feeling I typically hope for in a cup of coffee or tea that I all-too-often (albeit accidentally) surpass. I’m not a caffeine junkie, so I’m susceptible to accidentally overdoing it -- but HAMAKA has kept me right where I want to be. The brand’s description of a “calm alertness” is on point: after drinking an Oat Milk Latte, Cold Brew, or Matcha Tea, I feel a boost of sustained attentiveness that’s free of the heart palpitations and jitters I sometimes otherwise feel. Additionally, each can is small (8.45 fl oz) but targeted, so I’m able to drink just one and feel focused for hours.
A Vacation in Every Sip
In crafting a superior experience for consumers, HAMAKA has curated a feel-good Spotify playlist with hours of vacation-vibey tunes. HAMAKA’s playlist encapsulates the experience of sipping on any of their canned drinks, and it’s one I quite enjoy. If you’re looking to add a simple, yet impactful enhancement to your morning, afternoon, or evening routine, I’d recommend ordering a case of HAMAKA, finding a comfy seat, and pressing play on their Spotify playlist. Prepare for a treat for both mind and body.
Five More Reasons to Love the Brand:
- All of HAMAKA’s drinks are free of dairy, sugar, and additives.
- Most of their drinks are zero calories, and all contain between three and five ingredients.
- Their targeted cannabidiol delivers a calm alertness with no jitters or crash.
- They’re committed to sustainably sourcing ingredients with mindful attention to their environmental impact.
- Their “HAMAKA Sounds” Spotify playlist delivers hours of vacation-worthy jams!