Indonesians have their own line of tea drinks. When I went to an Indonesian convenience store in Lakemba the other day, I found these two pretty green bottles in the fridge sitting side by side.
Decided to try both of them out!
About the drinks
The Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea comes in a range of flavours including Honey Lemon and Honey Mint. The drink I have in this post is the Jasmine “Less Sugar” version. There is another version that is just Jasmine.
The Nü Green tea comes in the “original” flavour (which is the one in this post) the “original” with “less sugar” and honey.
It would have been ideal to compare the two “less sugar” or “original” versions from the two brands… but oh well. I’m comparing the two that were available to me in the Indonesian convenience store. Both bottles are 500ml in content and both are products of Indonesia.
It might not be much of a difference, but the Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea was imported by Amyson Pty Ltd in NSW, while Nü Green Tea was imported by Hean Corporation Pty Ltd in Victoria.
I am laughing at what the Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea says on their website: “Green tea contains antioxidants that are very useful for health.” Hmmm… sounds like they’re promoting their product as something that’s healthy. And then you look at the nutritional information…
Just look at the amount of that sugar in one serving! 36g!! You’d think it was a lot more worse than the Nü Green Tea due to the numbers. But look closer at the Nu Green Tea table… their serving size is per 250ml. The bottle is 500ml… so double all those numbers you see on the left column, and compare THAT value to the values on the Sosro Joy Tea table. It’s not much of a difference in sugar content: only 4 g. But take note, this Sosro Joy Tea is the “less sugar” version. How much did they lessen the sugar by, I wonder? I can’t imagine how much sugar is in the original Sosro Joy Tea.
And that sodium content! Sosro Joy Tea has 56 mg of sodium. MILLIGRAM. in comparison to Nu’s 20g. GRAMS!
Wow. I’d have to say that against all the health benefits of green tea… all that sugar must’ve cancelled it out. So which one is the UNHEALTHIEST?
Unhealthiest: Nü Green Tea
My previous encounter with cold, packaged green tea was an unpleasant one. It was bitter and had I not been thirsty, I may have not finished that can of strange-tasting liquid. But cold, packaged green tea is certainly delicious when sweetened. As was the case with both of these drinks.
They both tasted really good!
But I felt the Nu Green Tea was too sweet. It was so sweet, it gave me a sugar rush and headache. I couldn’t taste the green tea at all. When I first tasted Nu Green Tea, I instantly likened it to the taste of Teh Botol. Kind of ironic, since Tehbotol is actually Sosro’s flagship product.
Tehbotol is an iconic Indonesian drink, by the way. I always drink that stuff when I go to Indonesia. It’s so addictive!
The Joy Tea Green Tea was sweet and almost bitter in comparison to Nu Green Tea. BUT it was still very sweet. And this is the “less sugar”… However, what I liked about this tea is that the sugar didn’t overpower the green tea taste. You get the subtle green tea taste which I really appreciate. It didn’t taste like Teh Botol at all.
Winner: Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea Jasmine Less Sugar.
This is a no-brainer, but my favourite would have to be the Sosro Joy Tea Jasmine Green Tea (Less Sugar). You taste the green tea and it’s a lot more pleasant and calming to drink. I also wanted to note the colour of the teas. Sosro’s is a dark brown while Nu’s is a reddish colour. Not very green tea ish… so you could tell that these drinks have been on the shelf for a while. They probably add so many preservatives, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were because these drinks have come a long way from Indonesia.
These drinks are refreshing on a hot day but I wouldn’t recommend it to those with high blood sugar levels. Diabetics should stay away. Health appreciators should also stay away.
p.s. Expect to make a couple of trips to the loo after sipping on these beverages.