Product Review: Primula ‘Flavor Now’ beverage system

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Product Review: Primula 'Flavor Now' beverage system
Product Review: Primula 'Flavor Now' beverage system

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2014 – We’ve all been at a restaurant, spa or luncheon where we’ve had the perfectly infused glass of water and fruit, and the question remains, how did they do that?  The Flavor Now Beverage System by Primula Products is a pitcher with a mesh core that allows you to infuse water with the flavor of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Primula creates new items by exploring how people prepare beverages in different cultures and understanding the experience and ritual of these preparations. Understanding why people love that beverage is the first step in our design process. Products are designed to connect with that emotion,” .

The Flavor Now Beverage System is a sleek and modern looking pitcher that holds a generous 2.7 quarts of liquid; it comes with a mesh core, a wand to mash ingredients inside the core, and a freezable chill core to keep it cold. There are also recipes.

It is fairly easy to use and what makes it nice is that the “mash” is well contained and easy to clean up.

All you have to do is place cut fresh fruits and vegetables inside the core, then you mash them with the flavor wand and wait a few minutes for the water to be perfectly infused.  When the water is flavored, remove the core, by which removing the mash and preventing the water from becoming bitter.


Your water is now perfectly infused with healthful flavor using natural ingredients.

The questions you should have are: Will the messy pulp seep through the mesh? Will Flavor Now Beverage System really infuse the water in merely seven minutes and is it better than what is already on the market place?

Thus our test is warranted.

Flavor Now Beverage System test:

Water with cantaloupe:

  1. Cut up cantaloupe
  2. Place the cut cantaloupe into the instant infusion core that’s inside the pitcher
  3. Use the flavor wand to mash the cantaloupe.
  4. Fill the pitcher with water to the fill line.
  5. Let the water rest for up to seven minutes.
  6. After seven minutes remove the core and place the pre-frozen chill core inside the pitcher in the allotted spot.
  7. Twist the cap on the instant infusion core and remove the cantaloupe.
  8. Chill and serve.

The water had a subtle but nice hint of cantaloupe.

Water with lemon and cucumber:

  1. Cut up the lemon and cucumber.
  2. Place the cut lemon and cucumber into the instant infusion core that’s inside the pitcher
  3. Use the flavor wand to mash them.
  4. Fill the pitcher with water to the fill line.
  5. Let the water rest for up to seven minutes.
  6. After seven minutes remove the core and place the pre-frozen chill core inside the pitcher in the allotted spot.
  7. Twist the cap on the instant infusion core and remove the remnants and lemon and cucumber.
  8. Chill and serve.

The water had a subtle but nice hint of cucumber and lemon, but more of the cucumber flavor was apparent.

Pros:

First, the Flavor Now Beverage System is easy to use.

Second, it offers an easy way to infuse flavor without the pulp.

Third, the system comes with a chill core, an instant infusions core and a flavor wand. Other products at similar price points don’t offer all three.

Fourth, the system is easy to clean.

Fifth, the sleek design allows for the pitcher to fit in the refrigerator door.

Sixth, the lid is secure and fits well

Cons:

First, there are a lot of parts to store when they aren’t being used.

Second, the directions aren’t great but the product is easy enough to use that it’s not too big of a problem.

Third, when the directions were followed the samples caught us off guard because the flavor was so light.

Fourth, the box is very confusing and may leave the consumer uncertain as to what they’re purchasing.

Fifth, the lid is so secure it makes it a little difficult to pour the flavored water.

Overall Rating: 3/4 cup out of 1 cup. The Flavor Now Beverage System does exactly what it says it does, it infuses flavor into water.  This is a gift for mom or someone who watches what they drink. It is perfect for luncheons. It’s easy to use and definitely makes life easier, but you could get the same results with a sieve and a spoon; however it wouldn’t be as simple.

Purchasing Info: The 2.7-qt contemporary pitcher is ideal for serving or entertaining. $29.99 at Bed Bath, and Beyond or Macy’s.

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Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.