03 August 2019

Grinds: Wintergreen - Review. 3 August 2019.

Today we're going to be talking about Grinds Coffee Pouches. Now, I originally reviewed a few of these products back in 2012, but I never did video reviews of them. I figured since I was finally going to get around to doing video reviews of these products I'd do some updated text reviews, as well. Back when I first reviewed them, they didn't have a lot of flavors. Now, they have added many new flavors, such as vanilla, peppermint, caramel, Irish cream, wintergreen, black coffee, and even pumpkin spice!  Grinds is marketed as a smokeless tobacco alternative used to quit smokeless tobacco or cigarettes.  So, you may be wondering, why would I as a Swedish Snus advocate be writing about Grinds?  Well, I support any means that will help people quit smoking.  Some people want to quit tobacco in general and I know many people who have had luck quitting smoking with these, and if these can help save a life I'm all for them.  Each can of Grinds costs around 3.99, so it's comparable to other smokeless tobacco/dip/snus products. Interesting note, the guys from Grinds also appeared on Shark Tank. Check out the video, you can get to know them a little better that way.

The flavor description for this one says it has a "classic wintergreen flavor combined with coffee". Each can weighs 18 grams and has 18 pouches in it at 1 gram each, and each Grinds pouch has the caffeine equivalent of about 1/4 cup of coffee, or 20-25mg of caffeine.  .

Let's talk about what's inside a Grinds pouch.  If you look at the photo on your left you can see that it looks almost like fine cut dip.  If you click the photo you can get a more closeup look at what's inside the pouch.  Inside the pouch is flavored coffee.  Grinds also contains Guarana, B-Vitamins and Taurine.  Grinds is a spit-free, and the saliva is safe to swallow.  They say you can spit with it, but you won't absorb as much energy.  Grinds advises that the best way to absorb the energy from the pouch is to actually swallow the saliva.

The aroma of this one reminds me a lot of the wintergreen lifesavers. It's not like wintergreen dip. It's more of a sweet, light wintergreen. With this one, I don't smell a ton of coffee like I do with the others, either. The pouches are pretty moist, comfortable in the lip, and have a quick release of flavor. The taste is a lot like the aroma - a light, sweet flavor of wintergreen. I do notice a little coffee in the background, but it isn't as bold or in your face as I notice with some of the other Grinds products. The flavor lasts on average about 45 minutes. If I had to compare the energy kick from this one in snus terms, I'd say it feels "strong" but not "extra strong". It's just a nice, solid boost!

If you like wintergreen flavors and are looking for an alternative to dip, this is one you could check out.  If you're like me and use snus and don't plan on quitting, this stuff is still a nice change of pace, especially if you like the taste of coffee!  The wintergreen/coffee mix actually worked, surprisingly, and I found I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would!

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