Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick)
There were/are some curious people about different products that are available while waiting for Rosa Labs to ship its new 1.7 powder.
I would like to share my Joylent experience with you. Joylent is considered a competitor now that they have a warehouse in the United States. Additionally, if your items do ship from Europe, they offer 5€ shipping.
The first thing that you encounter with Joylent is their webpage. It’s done well enough but could use a bit of help. Instead of products dynamically loading on the first page fold there is a lot of scrolling down. Next you will notice everything is in Euros with no way to change the cost to USD. I was informed that the US cost is displayed on top of the checkout button, it’s labeled “US Indication.”
Joylent sells four different powder versions: Joylent, Joylent Vegan, Joylent Wake Up, Joylent Sport. Joylent and Joylent Vegan share the same price point. Whereas Joylent Wake Up and Joylent Sport carry a premium.
Flavors & Cost:
Joylent: ($33.13 -15 meals, 5 bags / $60.73 - 30 meals, 10 bags / $165.63 - 90 meals, 30 bags)
Joylent Vegan: ($33.13 -15 meals, 5 bags / $60.73 - 30 meals, 10 bags / $165.63 - 90 meals, 30 bags)
Joylent Wake Up: ($41.41 -15 meals, 5 bags / $77.86 - 30 meals, 10 bags / $218.63 - 90 meals, 30 bags)
Joylent Sport: ($41.41 -15 meals, 5 bags / $77.86 - 30 meals, 10 bags / $218.63 - 90 meals, 30 bags)
They do have a United States warehouse, but it’s hard to find, or navigate to the page dedicated to the In stock products at the US warehouse. The only way I have figured out how to get to the US warehouse landing page is to google search: Joylent US Warehouse, which brings you to here: (https://www.joylent.eu/usa). Prices are still in Euros.
Pricing is a tad cheaper compared to Soylent powder. Additionally, the more you order, the less the price - volume order discount. However, unlike their regular website the Twenny Bars don’t get volume order discounts from the US warehouse. (Twenny bars do get a volume discount when ordering from their EU warehouse.)
Serving sizes: The serving size for Joylent is a bit different. Each pouch has three servings of 704 calories per serving (173 grams.)
Instructions have you fill a shaker bottle with 500ml of water, (a little more than 16oz.) Add 3.5 scoops of Joylent powder (173 grams.) Shake until dissolved and consume. They provide the plastic scoop, which you must select to include with your order free of charge. They also give you a free blender bottle with your first order, (they discount your order for the cost of the blender bottle.)
I found the scoop to be annoying and cheap, so I haven’t used it. I also didn’t want to eat a 700 calorie meal. So I decided to take 520 grams, the contents of a bag, and divide by 4, with a result of 130 grams yielding 530 calorie meals. I mixed 130 grams with 14oz of water in a blender bottle, with the end result of 16oz. It turns out that two heaping Soylent scoops results in about 120g of Joylent powder!
Joylent mixed easily without clumping or sticking using filtered water. Leaving it in the fridge overnight led to separation, all the water was at the top with the heavier elements at the bottom, there was also a foam- thin slick layer floating on top of the water.
So far I have only tasted the banana. The banana surprised me, the flavor was subdued- not overly strong and not candy like. The mI have put imitation banana extract in Soylent before, it comes through tasting like candy and overly sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed the banana flavor Joylent. It starts out oaty and gritty, with a nice pleasant banana, not too sweet at all, and according to the ingredient list - the flavor comes from freeze dried banana powder.
Texture is where Joylent suffers. It’s very grainy and it stays that way. Comparing to Soylent 1.5, Joylent doesn’t get smoother overnight, texture stayed about the same from first mix even being put in the fridge overnight. Joylent separated much more dramatically indicating low solubility of the ingredients. It is slightly scratchy on the throat when drinking but not bad, just to remind you how silky smooth 1.6 was.
I will continue to update this thread as I try other flavors and offerings from Joylent.
I am enjoying my Joylent experience while I wait for 1.7. I encourage Soylent to concentrate on flavor offerings.
(This is based off of standard Joylent powder. Not Vegan, Wake Up, or Sport.)