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At the moment I have a bad case of tonsilitis and so I am drinking as much as I can to try and soothe my throat. Apart from tea I find the other thing that really helps is cold fruit juice straight from the fridge so I have been stocking up on Copella fruit juices as I love the flavour and natural juice that they produce. I like the fact that they are a natural product and their website tells you about the history of the company which is very interesting.
The apples come from Boxford Farm in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and according to their website they have been picking apples and making juice since 1969. it is a family run business and the family bought a fruit press,and began producing juice, introducing the very first, fresh apple juice, which was not made from concentrate and contained no added water - the family named it Copella. The name Copella comes from the first letters of Cox'sOrange Pippin, one of the main varieties of apples used in the juice, and the last part of Devora Peake's (the late lady who set up a 120 acres farm with her husband) youngest daughter's name - Carmella.
Pear is definitely a more traditional fruit that they blend with their apples to make this lovely drink but its one that blends with their cloudy apple juice extremely well. Copella call this variety of juice, "A gorgeous blend of apples and pears with a velvety texture and a satisfyingly sweet flavour. I definitely think its the apples that give this drink the velvety flavour as I find the juice quite thick and smooth and it tastes really natural and has that cloudy appearance which to me suggests that it is definitely made with real apples. According to the bottle the juice is made with 75% apple juice and 25% pear puree. Apple is definitely the strongest flavour in this drink but thats not to say that I can't taste the pear. Pear has a very unique sweet taste to it and I can definitely taste that coming through in this drink. Its a very sweet flavour and really mellow though as well and I think its the perfect compliment to the apple taste.
The juice itself is a bit lighter than the regular apple juice and obviously this is the inclusion of the pear as pear juice is always quite light. It is a sort of yellowish colour and looks really tasty. They come in easy to drink plastic bottle with a screw cap at the top. Now, according to the nutritional advice on the side, per 100ml there are 44 calories which I don't think is too bad and in my opinion its worth it for a nice refreshing fresh natural apple and pear 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.
A little while ago Sainsbury's 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 & pear juice. The Copella apple juices are normally £1.85 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 & pear juice contains are a blend of pressed apple juice (75%), pear puree (25%) and Vitamin C. The apple & pear juice contains 80 calories per 200ml serving, and like all fruit juices is very high in sugars - 18.4g per 200ml serving, this is sugars naturally found in fruit juice though.
Copella apple & pear juice is a cloudy juice, and is a lovely golden sunny yellow apple colour. It has an unmistakeable fruity apple aroma, I'm not sure that I can smell the pears in this juice, I can just really smell the apples. However it does look and smell very appetising. It actually tastes delicious too, it doesn't have that tartness that I normally find with apple juice, the pears seem to sweeten the juice somewhat so that it just has a smooth and velvety, yet a sweet and fruity taste. Although the pears sweeten the apple juice, they don't make it too sweet, or sickly sweet, they just sweeten the apple juice enough to take that tartness away.
I've continued to buy the Copella apple & pear juice as I really like the taste. I like it on its own, and I also like to heat some of it in a pan along with a good glugg of a warming spirit such as rum, which then makes for a lovely warming nightnap on these unseasonably cold spring nights.
I don't drink a lot of fruit juice but my fave ever is the Copella brand and today I'm drinking a glass of their Apple & Pear flavour because even though I love the mango one sometimes I want a drink that's not as madly sweet as that.
This is quite a thick juice and that's fine for me because I don't mind thicker juices but my dad won't drink any of the Copella brand because he says that they are much too thick and chuggy for him.
This Copella juice has got a yummy fruity flavour, it's mainly apple flavoured but the pear does come through after you've started drinking it. It's quite sweet but not as much as some of the other flavours you can get like the apple and mango juice.
The juice is 75% apple juice and 25% pear puree and I reckon that's perfect because they're blended so good that if you had any more pear flavour then it would be overwhelming and you'd get that mad dusty feeling in your mouth that you get off pears sometimes.
I thought this was a proper refreshing drink as well and that was a bit surprising because I think thicker juices usually aren't so good at quenching your thirst even though they taste yummy. I had a glass of this for my breakfast as I was rushing out of the door and I thought it was quite filling, I didn't get hungry for an hour afterwards when I had a bag of Maltesers anyway! lol
I had my glass of juice with ice in it and out of the fridge and it was wicked and fresh like that, apple juice that hasn't come out of the fridge always tastes like flat cider whatever brand you buy so even Copella needs keeping in the fridge!
A 1 litre bottle costs nearly £2.00 so it's one of the dearest juices, at the minute Tesco are selling 2 bottles for £3.00 so it's worth you buying a few now if you drink Copella regular because that's quite a good saving.
I have been steadily working my way through Copella's range of fruit juices, and have so far reviewed the excellent Apple, Apple & Elderflower and Apple & Mango varieties. This latest write-up is for the Apple & Pear variant - which sounds good on paper, but does it pass the taste test?
Price & Availability
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Copella are currently involved a long-term promotion which allows you to purchase two 1L bottles of their juices for £3.30 from Tesco - that said, even on offer, the price is still rather high when compared to the supermarket's own brands.
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The ingredients of this particular fruit drink consists of; 75% Apple Juice, and 25% Pear puree - it's as simple as that, and there are no nasty preservatives, colours or sweeteners to deal with, so I would suggest that it falls into the category of a 'healthy' drink.
Taste & Appearance
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The consistency of the drink is nice and thick - presumably because the pear content is in puree form rather that regular juice, which also means that it has a smooth and soothing texture which makes it a pleasure to drink.
The flavour is very tasty - not quite as nice as the Apple & Mango variety, but almost as good. Apple is the predominant flavour, but the pear is apparent in the aftertaste, and the overall balance seems just about right. Of course, all the Copella drinks taste best when they've come straight from the fridge, as sipping on warm apple juice isn't the most pleasant of experiences.
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Overall, Copella's Apple & Pear juice is a tasty drink which is perfect as a breakfast time alternative to OJ. It is a little pricey, but then in this instance you certainly get what you pay for in terms of overall quality. Highly recommended.
So finally, my current league table of Copella juices shapes up as follows;
1. Apple & Mango
2. Apple & Pear
3. Apple & Elderflower