How does Costa Rican Noni compare to other brands such as Tahitian Noni and Hawaiian Noni?
This is a great question if you are new to buying Noni products and wish to choose a Noni product and get the best product for your money. There are a few main differences particularly between our juice and Tahitian Noni Juice. But before we discuss this I wanted to make one blanket or general statement. Noni is Noni wherever it is grown, cultivated, picked and used to make Juice. Because it is grown in Tahiti or Hawaii does not make it better than Noni grown in Costa Rica or anywhere else. The products that are made from fruit in Tahiti and Hawaii are good products, the same as the ones in Costa Rica. However, we feel that due to the way that we make our juice, it is a superior product.
1. The first major difference between Costa Rican and Tahitian Noni is how the juice is made. To my understanding Tahitian is made from puree. This involves using the whole fruit, and creating a puree from ripe fruit that looks much like applesauce. That method is normally where Tahitian Noni diverges from Costa Rican when it is then shipped to their processing center in Utah where it is reconstituted, water is added back in and other juice concentrates like grape and blueberry are added before it is heat pasteurized and then bottled. Reconstituted juices are much like the ones that you can find in cans in the supermarket. For example, you can buy a small round can of orange juice and by adding 2 quarts of water you make a “regular” orange juice. We make our juice in two different ways for those with different tastes.
First, we made a juice from puree or from the pulp, which contains all of the fiber of the fruit. When making a juice of this nature it is almost imperative to add in a preservative. We have regular, pineapple and blackberry flavors made from this type of juice.
We also make juice a second way, which is the most popular way the juice is made in the world today. That method is normally described a process of fermentation or distillation. Noni is collected and is placed into huge vats where is sits for 8-10 weeks. During the time the juice falls from the fruit and is collected in another small container. It is filtered, pasteurized and then hot filled in a way so that preservatives do not have to be added. Most of the most popular noni juices in the world today are made this way, including ones like Hawaiian Noni. It is one of if not the most natural way to make the juice.
We make both types of Costa Rican Noni Juice right at the factory here in Costa Rica and they are NOT reconstituted. Also, our juice is 100% Noni Juice, no other juice concentrates are added to dilute it., except for the other flavors we offer, which are still 100% pure juice.
2. The second major difference between Costa Rican Noni and Tahitian Noni is the price. Tahitian Noni is set up as a network marketing or multi-level marketing company (much like Amway here in my home town of Grand Rapids). While this in and of itself is not bad, it does bring added costs to the final consumer. What stands between you the consumer and the actual bottle of Noni is many people that are “upline” receiving commissions from the sale of the juice. At the time of this writing, Tahitian Noni is selling for $42 dollars a bottle. Forbes Magazine wrote on May 24, 2004 that from the cost of a bottle of Tahitian Noni at $42, it is estimated that “$2.00 of fruit goes into each bottle.” Costa Rican Noni has one of the most competitive costs per bottle on the market today.
We hope you find this information useful. If you want a 100% pure non-reconstituted product made to the highest standards in quality, we feel that our juice is the best and most competitive on the market. Also, over the last couple years, different products have begun to surface in major supermarkets that say they are Noni Juice. However, upon seeing the label, these products maybe contain 10-20% Noni Juice. The rest of the product is just other types of juices and “fillers”.