After a mediocre Rockstar Latte, I decided to try one of the remaining flavours in the Java Monster line, and Market Basket only had Loca Moca, so it looks like it will have to do. The term "mocha" is usually associated with chocolate flavoured coffee, so that's what I'm expecting from Loca Moca. My personal preference when it comes to coffee is vanilla, so I can't say that I'm all too excited to review Java Monster Loca Moca.
FIRST IMPRESSION: The can is not up to par will Java Monster Russian, but it is still better than Big Black or Original. The design isn't at all cluttered and the wood grain texture with the clawed "M" are real intimidating. Loca Moca's lay out is clean and attractive, but at the same time threatening, which is a major improvement over the lackluster Rockstar Latte can.
TASTE: Without creating a mess, I opened the can and took a sip. The flavour begins a creamy blend of bitter coffee and sweet, smooth chocolate. A spike of sweetness appears between the shift from coffee to chocolate. It's not overwhelming and is the sweetest part of the experience. The creaminess tastes more like skim milk than actual cream, which is a little disappointing. The chocolate is stronger than the bitter coffee, and the chocolate is more of a milk than dark chocolate, which is good or bad depending on who you are. A creamy film is left in your mouth after each sip, making it the only real after taste. Overall, Loca Moca tastes great and does the line justice.
KICK: Each fifteen oz. can contains about: 200 calories, forty percent of your daily intake of calcium, four percent of your daily intake of Vit. A, 100% of your daily intake of Vit. C, twenty percent of your daily intake of Vit. D, 2000mg of Taurine, caffeine, ginseng, and 200% of your daily intake of Vit. B2, B3, B6, 12, and phosphorous. As you probably can imagine, I got one pretty impressive kick. For around four or so hours I felt jittery and awake, and the rush ended in a decently hard crash. While nothing I haven't seen before, it was more powerful than the average coffee, and come to think of it, more powerful than the average energy coffee.
FINAL WORDE: The Java Monster line was one of the first energy coffee's I remember seeing, and compared to the small selection of other energy coffee's I've reviewed, they really have stood the test of time. For the most part, the line has beat out its rivals by providing a more effective kick, more savory taste, and better executed can. Of what I've reviewed, in the Mocha coffee category, Loca Moca's only real competitor is Starbucks Mocha, and with its ho-hum can, bitter taste, and unimpressive kick, there really isn't any competition...4.2/5