You have most likely read a number of my reviews in the past. My readers are a loyal bunch, and I thank you for being part of that group. I try to pick and choose items that you would have some interest in, or find some special place in your coffee world, whatever that might be. I try to keep an open mind when reviewing, thinking that even if I am not interested or even if I have no need for the item, someone who reads this review might find it useful. That's how the Phillips Senseo review ended up here.
At the SCAA exhibition in Anaheim earlier this month, as I walked the floor, one of the first booths I came across was for "Magic Power Coffee." They "barked" me into the sales pitch in a friendly way, and with my "review philosophy" in mind, I stopped and listened.
The product is a coffee and herbal beverage that is claimed to increase libido in men and women. If you Google you will find there are a number of websites selling the product (the search for the product name, in quotes, received over 3 million hits!).
I clicked on a few of the top hits and learned that I can sign up as a "Magic Power Coffee Associate" and get the product at wholesale prices then sell it on my own. But they state that you, "...must be sponsored into the Magic Power Coffee business by an existing associate." I think we have all seen similar business model in the past, and while I am not here to critique the sales program, these sorts of business opportunities do tend to raise a skeptical eyebrow.
I wish not to display on my website all the various sexual benefits claimed on the Magic Power website. You can read those for yourself HERE. Just to give you an idea, near the top of the page it states that the product:
"... is the world’s first 'aphrodisiac coffee'. Increase the sensation and the satisfaction of your love making."
If you were familiar with my sense of humor, or had heard any of the blues songs I have written, you would know that if I did list the specific benefits of Magic Power Coffee, this review would head straight into the abyss of 'Double Entendre Canyon' with no prayer of it ever returning. Even if you do not care to read the various benefits and effects of Magic Power on their website, I would think that you could guess a good portion of them from what you have read so far.
We are vegetarians and quite dedicated to eating natural and organic foods whenever possible. Even my dogs eat food made from 100% human grade ingredients. At the show I asked one of the representatives what was in the product and they recited some of the active ingredients. I asked if they were certified USDA organic, and they told me that they were.
I was informed that they had run out of samples, but if I left them contact information they would send me a sample. About a week later I received an E-Mail asking if I was still interested. Before replying I discussed it with my wife. I mentioned the increased libido claim, and I asked her if she wanted ME to try it.... She said no, with little hesitation. Draw your own conclusions.
So I asked if SHE would try it, based on the claims of its effectiveness for men AND women, and the claims made to me at the show of it being natural and organic by their representative. I told her that she would have to report her experience to me for presentation to the public for the purpose of this review.. She hesitated once again, and so I told her she would have full editing powers, and she agreed to try it.
When the sample package arrived I examined the outer packaging, the individual packets, and a number of the websites selling the product and I did not see any mention of organic, anywhere. The other eyebrow is now raised.
The packaging lists the following ingredients:
Instant Coffee, Barbnary Wolfberry Fruit (Goji berry), Epimedium Herb (Horny Goat Weed), American Ginseng, Xylitol (natural Sweetner), Vitamins.
On the website website linked above in teh text, they show the three herbal ingredients, each with a roll-over that presents their benefits. There is a fourth roll-over link for "Additional Ingredients" beyond the three herbs which lists the following:
Instant Coffee, Non-Dairy Creamer, Corn Syrup, Vegetable Oil.
Vitamins: Provitamin A, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12.
Three of those "additional ingredients" are not listed anywhere on the product's packaging. Some non-dairy creamers contain some odious ingredients. Non-dairy creamer is a product we do not keep in the house nor would we consider consuming under any circumstance. The 16 grams of product contains 4 grams of saturated fat- do the math. Although the website as well as the packaging states that vitamins are added, there is no listing of the daily nutritional value of these added vitamins.
Anyone have a third eyebrow they can spare? No? If you would raise one of yours for me I would appreciate it.
The previous conversation between my wife and I took place before I had done any research on the product. After the product arrived and I read the ingredients to her, and informed her that the claims of USDA Organic were evidently not true, she refused to try it. I don't blame her. I wouldn't drink it either. We are both really picky about what we consume, and enough red flags have gone up over this product to warn me away from trying it.
So there you have it. Some reviews work, and others not so much, at least for me. If you are still interested, two servings (two separate 16 gram doses) come packaged in the small box, with a retail price printed on the box of $16.00 ($8 per serving). It sells for as little as around half that in some places if you shop around on the Internets.
I am off to eBay to see if I can purchase some spare eyebrows.