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Monster Java

by Angie Quidim

Manufacturer : Hansen Beverage Company

Website: Monster Java


It’s coffee and an energy drink all in one. Monster has combined the flavors of our favorite java with the powerful punch of energy.  The greatest thing about this is that for the most part it tastes good. These coffees are available in 8 flavors that would fit anyone’s tastes. You can find most flavors in AMPM’s, 7-11’s and most other popular convenience store chains.

Here is a basic rundown of the flavors


Irish Blend 
Irish coffee energy drink that comes in a green can and it tastes like it has Baileys in it. The packaging is not overly flashy; it has the basic monster emblem   The more you drink the more of the Irish cream you taste.  It seems to be an acquired taste due to its  sweetness and there is a hint of energy flavor in there.  I don’t taste the energy drink side but in tests with others they clearly taste something .One thing is for sure; more than two cans will have you climbing the walls. 

Nut Up
When you compare this to other nut flavored coffee beverages out there it is pretty good.  The coffee flavor has a nice hazel finish to it and the look to the drink is quite creamy like a latte.  It doesn’t have so much of an artificial taste to it.  The drink is packaged in a medium brown can with the Monster emblem on it.  This is one of my favorites because it’s a nice blend and not too sweet flavor.

Lo Bal: 
For carb conscious and sugar watchers this is a good watered down version of Big Black. It still has a creamy consistency but it is definitely watered down.  It is packaged in a white can with the typical monster symbol but definitely not the typical taste.  This is one of the least favorite of monsters sold because of its lack of taste.

Chai Hai
Chai spice with an energy kick, Monster’s attempt at making a chai energy drink is quite successful.  Its light green can holds a nice flavor that is sweet and great cold or hot.  The more you drink the sweeter it gets. It is my second favorite from Monster’s Java Line.

Big Black 
Big Black is one of the three java monsters that were initially introduced.  This is the basic coffee with no additional flavors or colors.  Strong coffee flavor and creamy frothy richness are the adjectives that come to mind when pouring this into a nice tall frosty glass.  Although this is not as strong as a Starbuck’s doubleshot, the price is worth the amount that you get.  It comes in a basic brown can similar to the Loca Moca and Mean Bean. 

This java monster is supposed to remind of a white Russian.  Dressed in a deep red can, the only thing that comes to mind is “where is the Russian part of this coffee drink?”  It tastes too much like the Irish blend and it is quite bland after a couple of sips.  This one is definitely not one of my favorites and you are better off getting one of the other brands. 

Loca Moca
This is the second of the original three flavors of java monster.  This sweet concoction o chocolate, coffee and energy is enough to drive one batty.   There is no energy drink aftertaste; only the sweet sugary substance that can make one crash hard.   The initial energy boost is pleasant and tastes great.  If you are a mocha drinker, you want to get this.

Mean Bean 
If you want a nice sweet vanilla latte, this is it.  Monster perfected the taste without the filling.  It’s coffee, sweet and has energy…. What else do you need to wake yourself up?  There is a good blend of the vanilla flavor and in my opinion better tasting than the Starbucks brand

Yes! These drinks are a definite evolution torward merging the engery drink and coffee drink.. And the value is much better than a four dollar Starbucks.  Pick and choose your flavors and you will get the best boost for your dollar.


One response

  1. Martin Hunt

    I want to order these for my son for christmas – is this possible?

    December 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

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