What Is Coffiest by Soylent?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Nov 28, 2016

By providing 20% of all your daily nutritional needs and 150mg of caffeine, Coffiest by Soylent promises to deliver a complete, ready-to-drink breakfast and morning coffee in one convenient bottle.

Unlike many other meal replacement drinks, however, the manufacturer claims that Coffiest's light-roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate flavor means that you won't have to sacrifice flavor for convenience.

Each bottle of Coffiest contains 400 calories of responsible, plant-based nutrition, such as soy protein and algal oil, and is made in the USA in a GMP certified facility. You also won’t find any lactose or nuts, while each case is shipped in recyclable packaging.

Together, this is why Soylent calls Coffiest an “intelligently designed” breakfast.

But from a nutritional perspective, does Coffiest by Soylent make sense? What about financially? Does it have any competition?

Right now, you have a lot of unanswered questions about Coffiest. To help you find some answers, let’s talk about what we learned during our research.

How Do Meal Replacement Drinks Like Coffiest Work?

We won't go too in-depth here, but some quick background information can go a long way toward understanding how Coffiest by Soylent might help.

The amount of energy contained in foods is measured in calories, which represent “the energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.”

Different macronutrients contain different amounts of calories, such as carbohydrates and protein (4 calories per gram), as well as fat (9 calories per gram). As you can see, foods high in fat will also be high in calories.

Regardless of the type of food you’re eating, though, if you consume more calories than you expend, your body will store this surplus in the form of fat. If this calorie surplus continues for too long, it can lead to unwanted weight gain.

On the flip side, to force your body to burn its existing fat reserves, you need to create a calorie deficit (consuming fewer calories than you expend). And this is where meal replacement shakes like Coffiest come in.

Not only do they provide a quick and easy way of getting nutrition, but they also tend to feature fewer calories than a traditional breakfast, which—when combined with exercise and a healthy diet—might help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals.

From this perspective, exactly which nutrients will you get with Coffiest?

What Kind of Nutrition Does Coffiest by Soylent Provide?

According to Soylent, while Coffiest is animal-, lactose-, and nut-free, it’s not organic or kosher, or GMO-, allergen-, or gluten-free. From a nutritional perspective, each bottle contains:

  • 400 calories
  • 25 micronutrients
  • 37g carbohydrates
  • 21g lipids
  • 20g protein
  • 2g saturated fat
  • 300mg sodium
  • 3g fiber
  • 9g sugars
  • 0 trans fat
  • 0 cholesterol

Pro tip: To improve taste, many meal replacement drinks often come with ultra-high levels of added sugar.

The good news is that each bottle of Coffiest only contains 9g of sugars, although according to the American Heart Association, this represents between 25% and 35% of your daily recommended intake. We’ll talk about this point several times.

A bottle of CoffiestEach bottle of Coffiest (which Soylent sells in cases of 12) contains 400 calories, 25 micronutrients, 20g of protein, and 9g of added sugars.

Specifically, we’re told Coffiest contains the following ingredients:

Filtered Water, Soy Protein Isolate, Maltodextrin, High Oleic Algal Oil, Isomaltulose, Natural Coffee Flavor, Canola Oil, Coffee Powder, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Oat Fiber, Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Isomaltooligosaccharide, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Gellan Gum, L-theanine, Sodium Ascorbate, Sucralose, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, dl-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Sodium Molybdate, Phytonadione, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.

Of these, soy protein isolate is an extraordinarily common ingredient used within the food industry that contains a minimum of 90% protein. Often, soy protein is found as a standalone powder supplement, although it’s also frequently used to improve the texture of meat, improve moisture retention, and more.

Algal oil is an ingredient derived from fermented algae and is thought to be a much more sustainable method (especially lab-fermented strains) of obtaining omega-3 fatty acids.

Isomaltulose is a slow- and sustained-release carbohydrate (in this instance, derived from beets) that may help lower blood glucose and insulin response, perhaps making it ideal for diabetics.

L-theanine is an amino acid commonly found in green tea, which may help reduce jitteriness associated with stimulants like caffeine.

The remainder of the ingredients involves healthy nutrients that should be part of any well-rounded diet, as well as those that affect taste and texture.

For a much more in-depth look at Coffiest’s formulation, be sure to read through Soylent’s release notes.

How Much Does Coffiest by Soylent Cost?

Coffiest is available in the following quantities:

  • 12 Bottles: $37.05/mo
  • 24 Bottles: $74.10/mo
  • 36 Bottles: $111.15/mo
  • 48 Bottles: $148.20/mo
  • 60 Bottles: $185.25/mo
  • 72 Bottles: $222.30/mo
  • 84 Bottles: $259.35/mo
  • 96 Bottles: $296.40/mo
  • 108 Bottles: $333.45/mo
  • 120 Bottles: $370.50/mo
  • 132 Bottles: $407.55/mo
  • 144 Bottles: $444.60/mo

Regardless of which option you choose, you'll continue receiving the same amount each month, and your card will be charged accordingly. To change your plan, or pause or cancel your subscription, you'll need to log into your Soylent account.

All Coffiest orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. In order to request one, you’ll need to send and email to info@soylent.me and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Email address used to place order
  • One-time or subscription order
  • Order number (if known)

Soylent customer service can be reached at info@soylent.com.

Soylent also sells Coffiest through Amazon.com at the same prices. Speaking of which…

Coffiest by Soylent Reviews: What’s Everyone Saying?

Amazon Feedback

On Amazon, there were 55 customer reviews for Coffiest at the time of our research, with an average 3.8-star rating. There, most compliments revolved around ease of use, pleasant taste, and filling results.

On the other hand, the most common complaint from customers was that Coffiest didn't meet their taste preferences. More than one described it as a mix of chocolate and burnt coffee, with a powdery texture.

In fact, one reviewer went so far as to describe it “like someone soaked a day old coffee filter in spoiled soy milk.” Another customer, who claimed to have consumed more than 1,000 bottles of Coffiest, noted that in their experience, “every 20-30 cases (box of 12) just has an “off” taste to it.”

Other common complaints noted that Coffiest didn’t help curb hunger for very long and was expensive (we’ll talk more about this soon).

Reddit Coffiest Reviews

There were also 24 comments in a Coffiest-related Reddit thread, where the original reviewer liked the convenience it provided, the smooth flavor, the caffeine content, and the fact that it didn’t leave them bloated or gassy.

Several other commenters chimed in with similarly positive feedback.

Media Reviews

Business Insider’s Melia Robinson traded her breakfast for Coffiest over the course of a week and reported that, while she didn’t appreciate the taste at first, it quickly grew on her. Here’s how she explained it:

“Coffiest reminds me of the milk left over in a bowl of Cocoa Puffs cereal, with a splash of something sour. There's a hint of a dark, robust coffee roast, but the flavor is overwhelmingly chocolatey.

The taste became less unpleasant over the course of the week like a caffeinated Nesquik drink left out in the sun a little too long.”

She also mentioned that she felt satiated after drinking a bottle of Coffiest, but that she usually craved snacks by the time 10a or 11a rolled around.

Wherever we looked, most media outlets seemed to focus on Coffiest’s taste; some of which didn’t find it too bad, while others seemed to loathe it. For example, Gizmodo Australia wrote that they wouldn’t recommend it to friends, since:

“It's not the best thing in the world. It doesn't taste good; rather, it tastes bad in a way I don't mind. Regular Soylent tastes like thick, chalky soy milk, but adding in the coffee really brings out how synthetic the flavour is.”

With this said, The Daily Meal writes that the original Soylent version “has evolved over the years. “Upgraded” versions of the drink are released every few months and contain different sets of nutritional ratios and ingredients.”

As a result, it’ll probably be the same with Coffiest, so if you don’t appreciate the taste now, it could certainly change in the near future.

Who Founded Soylent?

Soylent is manufactured by Rosa Labs, based out of Los Angeles, CA, and was founded by CEO and Silicon Valley software engineer Rob Rhinehart. Co-founders include Matt Cauble, John Coogan, and David Renteln.

Overall, the company’s goal is to “expand access to quality nutrition by improving the food system through innovation,” while maintaining focus on health and the environment.

Other products from the company include the original Soylent formula (essentially the same as Coffiest, but without the caffeine content), the Soylent Bar, and Powder 1.6 (the same nutritional content as the drink, but in a powdered form).

For every case of Coffiest sold, Soylent donates one meal to World Food Program and for every subscriber, donates four meals to the same organization.

Will Coffiest by Soylent Become Part of Your Morning Routine?

Whether you’re looking for any old meal replacement drink, something with an added kick of caffeine, or a formula that specifically features coffee, Soylent’s Coffiest is up against a lot of competitors—many of which can be purchased for pennies per serving.

As mentioned earlier, though, meal replacement drinks are notorious for their high sugar content, making them little more than glorified desserts, without the well-rounded nutritional content necessary for optimal health.

Comparatively, Coffiest promises to deliver 20% of your daily nutritional value in one bottle, along with fairly low sugar content. However, at $3.08 per bottle, you’ll certainly pay for Coffiest’s balanced nutrition and the convenience it provides—and there aren’t any price breaks for ordering larger quantities, either.

What’s this mean for you? As long as you can appreciate (or at least stomach) Coffiest’s taste and texture, as well as its high price, it seems to have a mostly positive online customer reputation.

Soylent also seems to stand behind Coffiest with a 30-day refund policy if you’re not satisfied, although we’ll have to wait until we hear back from the company to now more about its specifics.

In the meantime, if you’ve tried Coffiest by Soylent, be sure to share your experience by writing a review below!

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