I am a big apple juice fan and it's something I can always drink when out and about in a restaurant and don't want the usual fizzy drink. Copella is a british brand apple juice and is made from handpicked apples at Boxford farm, Suffolk and one of my favourite from their range is certainly this apple and mango variety. I don't usually buy it as it is quite expensive but I was in a Sainsburys Local today and dying of thirst and it was all they had that tickled my fancy so I bought it!
The juice is absolutely fantastic, much thicker consistency wise compared to cheaper value apple juice and mango, and a really rich, deep orange colour which shows its natural richness. It smells very vigorously of mango as the more dominant scent, but the more subtle mangoes not like juicy, fresh ones I would have tasted in the Caribbean. However the smell is beautiful and sweet and really appealing to the juice.
In terms of taste, it actually tastes like real apples and is sweet in flavour, compared to the scent, the flavour of mango does not come through, and is more a subtle after taste but the combination of the two is delicious and very moreish so I can easily drink an entire small bottle in one gulp!
The consistency of this apple juice is really thick so it not only quenches my thirst but in a way it is really filling too! It counts towards one of my 5 a day so I feel really happy when I drink this drink as it satisfies my taste buds and helps me feel healthy all in one go! There are no "bits" so to speak although as it is a fresh juice sometimes there is some fruit that settles in the bottom of the bottle so requires a good shake before consuming!
Overall I am a huge fan of this brand, and especially this variety of the juice so it gets 5 stars from me. Copella apple juice comes in 330ml, and 1.25l bottles, and I bought the 1.25l bottle as it was on offer for only £1.40 so half price from the usual RRP which was a bargain. I'd definitely recommend it to any juice lovers, who want a refreshing, delicious and healthy juice drink.
I'm not huge lover of fresh apple juice, I don't dislike it, it's just that it wouldn't ever be one of my fresh fruit juice preferences as I do normally find it to be a bit too tart for my liking. My husband however adores fresh apple juice and would always make it his first choice. I don't buy apple juice that often because he usually forgets that we have it in the fridge and so it ends up going off and I end up throwing it away.
Sainsbury's recently had the range of Copella fresh apple juices on 'buy one get one free', and so I ended up buying a few of the different flavours to try. One of the bottles that I bought was the Copella apple & mango juice. The Copella apple juices are normally £1.80 each, and so the 'buy one get one free' was a big saving. They are still currently on offer in Sainsbury's, however the offer at the moment is 'buy 2 for £3.00'. The Copella apple juices come in 750ml bottles.
Copella juices are pressed from hand selected apples on Boxford Farm in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. 3lbs of English apples are packed into every litre of Copella English apple juice. The only ingredients that the apple & mango juice contains are a blend of pressed apple juice (85%), exotic mango puree (15%) and Vitamin C. The apple & mango juice contains 86 calories per 200ml serving, and like all fruit juices is very high in sugars - 19.6g per 200ml serving, this is sugars naturally found in fruit juice though.
Copella apple & mango juice is a cloudy juice, and is a lovely deep orange colour. It has an unmistakeable fruity apple aroma, however I can also smell the mangoes in this too, and I have to admit that it does look and smell very appetising. It actually tastes delicious too, it is very fruity, and very tasty. I can really taste the mango in this juice, along with the apple juice. I think that the addition of the mango to the apple juice makes for a really tasty and interesting flavour. The mango seems to make the juice taste much fruitier, and much less tart than apple juice would normally be. This isn't a sweet tasting juice at all, it's just a really pleasant tasting juice, and it has a lovely rich and smooth taste.
I've continued to buy the Copella apple & mango juice as I really like the taste. I like it on its own, and I also like to use it in fresh fruit smoothies; a glass of the juice, a small carton of natural yogurt, lots of frozen mixed berries, and some ice - all blended together in the blender, delicious!
As you might have guessed the Copella range revolves around Apples- But not any apples, apples grown on Boxford farm in Suffolk. This juice though is enhanced with a little bit of juicy sunshine...
I shall be reviewing the English Apple and Mango version of the Copella range. are There other versions to appeal to other buyers. These include...
English cloudy Apple
Apple and Mint (new)
Apple and Elderflower
Apple and Rasberry
Apple and Pear
Apple and Cherry
History of Copella
It all started back in 1938 when the Peake family started farming on the Boxford Farm in Suffolk. It was then in 1969 the first ever Copella branded juice was sold. It was in 1994 when the latest bottle design was introduced as we know it. They currently use 25 varieties of apples on their orchards. The name Copella comes from this. Cox's Orange Pippin. The "ella" part comes from the daughters producer of Copella. I have to say the Apple and Mango has to be my favorite!!!
Quality; The quality of this juice is of very high quality. I feel it best top support local companies from England (and my local county Suffolk.) The quality is high because of its locality- making it very fresh and clean with the apples that it uses. The Mango's are also of very high quality blending with the Apples brilliantly as the Mango's seems a little tart, with the sweet juicy, sharp, Apples.
Packaging Design; The package design is brilliant. I love the Apple orchids it shows on the green label. The plastic is comfortable in the hand too. It is also easy to pour, as the bottle is light- as the quantity of juice is less than most brands. I find it odd though that the serving suggestion is 200ml and yet the bottle holds 750ml making for uneven serving sizes.
Taste; I love the taste of both Apples and Mangos as a raw product- and I really do appreciate high quality fruit juice. Copella juice however tastes really unique and special. The Mangos really seem to thicken the Apple juice to make it a cross between juice and a smoothie- which I think really works. The Apples as mentioned are really sweet and the Mango's both tart and sweet. You really do notice the succulent pulp of the Mango in this juice.
Value for Money; Copella is a luxury brand so you can expect to spend luxury prices. Making it more expensive is the fact that most juices are bought in a 1 litre bottle. In comparison Copella only gives 750ml. That makes it rather expensive when it costs £1.72 for jut one unit in Sainsbury's. However Sainsbury's are offering it at 2 for 1 mix and match (valid as of 11th October 2011) This shows you really need to shop around as at least one supermarket will probably have this on offer!!!
Verdict; Proud to be from Suffolk!!!! (Situated below is a list of ingredients and nutrition- I put that there as some do not like "lists")
Ingredients; Apple juice (85% and Mango Juice 15% Vitamin C Not from concentrate.
Nutrition Per 200ml Serving
Sugar (naturally occurring) 19.6g
This review will also appear on Ciao by jjcross
I am drinking some Copella Apple and Mango now for my lunch at work, as part of the Boots lunch meal deal.
I am a big Copella fan, especially of their Apple flavour, and this is the first time I have tried the Apple and Mango combo - and all I can say is wow! What a refreshing and wholly satisfying drink.
I used to drink Copella Apple (the whole big bottle) as a hangover cure (luckily rarely have time for a hangover these days.) and it used to sort me out a treat.
Copella as based at a Suffolk farm made from hand picked fruit, selected, it says on the bottle, when it is at its ripest and best. I cannot disagree with them there.
I'm guessing it is part of the coveted 'one of your five a day' as it contains 85% apple and 15% mango puree, and most importantly, it is not made from concentrate, unlike many cheap fruit juices.
Which brings me down to the one Copella downfall; price. The little 330ml bottle I just purchased in my meal deal was £1.60 separately, quite expensive for such a small amount.
However, when you want quality, you have to pay the price.
All in a very refreshing hit, which leaves me wanting more once the bottle has gone. A real thirst quencher.
Copella are one of my favourite brands of fruit juces, which is why I had to give their 'Apple & Mango' offering a go when I saw it at the supermarket in a '2 for £3.30' offer. Available in a one-litre plastic carton, the drink has a regular, non-sale price of £1.84 - yes, it's a little pricey - but it's also very tasty.
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The drink simply contains;
Apple Juice (85%), Mango Puree (15%), and Vitamin C.
I like to see these limited ingredient lists, and where possible I always try to buy drinks which are free of sweeteners, preservatives, and artificial colouring - so full marks to Copella here.
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On first taste, the initial flavour is almost all of the mango, with only a subtle apple aftertaste - surprising really considering that the fact that when you look at the ingredients, only 15% of the content is mango, compared to 85% apple. That said, it is a delicious taste - preferable in my book to apple on it's own, and also better than the 'Apple & Elderflower' variety which I also enjoy.
The consistency of the concoction is lovely and thick, and much more akin to that of a fruit smoothie rather than a regular fruit juice - it's also good for soothing the pain of a sore throat when chilled.
What I especially like about this variety, is the fact that there doesn't seem to be many of those floating brown bits of apple which are commonplace in other Copella drinks - don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about them - but sometimes they do put me off a little!
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Once again, Copella have succeeded in creating a delicious juice drink, which currently holds top spot in my 'favourite juice' league table - the flavour is delicious and it's thick nature justifies it's rather high price - recommended for apple and mango lovers of the world, give it a go!
Copella Fruit Juice Apple & Mango is, according to the producers: "a luxurious blend of apples and exotic mangoes, combined to produce a rich juice sensation" and I have to agree. This is a deliciously refreshing drink when served cool from the fridge. Mango is one of my favourite fruits and I always find that apple juice makes a refreshing change from orange juice produced in California. The flavours in this drink have a refreshing vibrancy combined with smoothness resulting in a finely balanced taste sensation. The mango just adds something extra to the apple. It's quite sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The juice really does seem to be a blend that captures the full flavour of apples plucked from the tree.
The Copella brand was created by the late Devora Peake. She was the daughter of Russian parents living in Tel Aviv. After finishing University there she moved to the heart of the Suffolk countryside during the 1930's where she set up a 120 acre fruit farm with her husband. Copella launched its own chilled range of 100% pure pressed apple juice and apple juice blends in 1994. The name Copella is derived from the first letters of Cox's Orange Pippins, one of the main varieties of apples used in the juice, and the last part of Devora Peake's youngest daughter's name - CarmELLA. Unfortunately this once authentic historic charm is now somewhat blemished by the fact that Copella is now owned and controlled by Pepsi-co.
Most fruit juice is quite expensive nowadays and a litre of Copella usually costs around the £1.90 which is competitive with the Tropicana brand if not the supermarket own labels. For example the 1 litre of Tesco Nfc Apple Mango Juice costs only £1.48 - although it only contains 10% of mango puree compared to the 15% in Copella. If there is one product that you should always be sure to check the label carefully, then it is fruit juice. What might seem like a cheaper brand so often contains less or no pure fruit juice or has water added. Copella fruit juice contains no added colours, flavours, preservatives, sweeteners or water and the sugar content comes only from the natural fruit. A 200ml serving counts as on of your five a day so that means you've got five of these in a bottle.
According to the manufacturers, Copella Fruit Juice Apple & Mango is only made from hand picked fruit and an impression is given on their website that all apples are grown on their Suffolk farm where all the fruit is "hand picked off the trees and then hand graded to extract any rotten apples or windfalls". However, there is no guarantee that all the apples are British. It is also important to point out that the juice is not organic.
Once opened a bottle of Copella should keep in the fridge for about five days, although in my house it rarely lasts that long.
I do love the Copella range of juices and my favourite by far is this Apple & Mango variety which is an extremely refreshing drink and is absolutely delicious.
Copella is rather a prestigious brand with a price tag to match, you can expect to pay anything between £1.99 and £2.49 for a litre bottle but every single flavour in the range is well worth the money.
The Apple & Mango flavour is very tasty indeed, I have before now drunk a full bottle and still been craving more! The mango makes it a very sweet and sticky tasting drink while the apple works nicely to tone this down somewhat and adds a depth of flavour that wouldn't be apparent if Copella had used even a smidgen more mango.
I think the flavours of this juice are perfectly balanced, mango can very easily overwhelm anything it's used in but this hasn't happened with this drink and I can taste the apple well underneath the sweeter mango.
I find this a very refreshing drink and it's definitely my drink of choice when I am feeling particularly thirsty, even more so when I add some ice cubes to it which really enhances the sweetness.
A 200ml glass of Apple & Mango Copella juice contains 92 calories and no fat at all so it can be slotted into your healthy eating plan quite easily, I was actually surprised at the low calorie content of this drink as it feels like such a treat and is so sweet that I had been expecting it to be a much higher figure than this.
I cannot recommend this highly enough, actually all the Copella juices are excellent but this one is my particular favourite although I never have to be forced to drink any of the range! If you don't like the sweet flavour of mango then can I suggest their Apple & Pear juice which is absolutely delicious but not quite so sugary tasting, whichever flavour you try though I don't think you'll be disappointed.
It's very rare that I will give a review 5 stars, but if I do I am going to be emphatic about it. This juice is one of the best things ever invented.
Forgetting messing around with cheap juices and buying lots of fruit and juicing it until your fingers are sticky and your nails broken. Just reach for the Copella.
They could ask me to do an advert for them and just pay me in their Apple and Mango juice and I'd willingly do it. So what's so special about it?
First of all it's made with (wait for it) real apples and mangoes. And not in a slushy, peely, bitty way, but in a pure juice with a hint of realness in the almost completely smooth taste. I actually can't describe how good this juice is. After you're been on your feet all day and you're tired and hot, you turn the key in the door and want nothing more than to collapse on the sofa, this juice won't let you sit down. This is the kind of juice where, no matter how tired you are, you'll stand in front of the open fridge and just drink about a litre. It's that good.
It comes in a plastic bottle that fits in your fridge. Perhaps the oly disadvantage is the price - it's not cheap, with prices varying from £2 odd a bottle, especially as it will be finished in a day or two. But it's definitely worth it, and if you're lucky enough to see it on offer, BUY!
In short, it's the best drink ever (other than perhaps the apple variety).