[Energy Drink Review] Vuka: Awaken (Orange)

It is hard to find a properly balanced morning energy drink. Something that will get you going but won’t leave you in need of another boost four hours later. Drinks like Awake: Good Morning Energy immediately come to mind, but such beverages are few and far between.

Luckily for you early morning caffeine addicts, the good folks at Vuka: Intelligent Energy have got your backs. Their line of functional energy drinks feature formulas to help the everyman get through every part of his day, and the hazy morning commute to the job you hate so much is no different. Vuka: Awaken is meant to be a healthy, tasty wake up for people who crave a refreshing energy drink to start their day without worrying about crashing before lunch time.


Ripping the cap off of the heavy aluminum bottle, my nose was immediately met with the sweet scent of oranges. The tangy aroma alone is enough to get the sleep out of you eyes, and the delicious smell of orange juice provides the beverage a comfortable, familiar overall mood. The aroma is very light, crisp, and refreshing.

The flavor is no different. Orange juice-esque in essence, Awaken’s flavor is the perfect choice for a breakfast drink. I noticed the orange felt a bit diluted and the drink tasted slightly watery, but that also contributes to the highly appealing gentle taste. You’ve got to keep in mind that this is a functional drink as much as it is an energy drink, designed to give you a boost while helping your body perform and maintain essential functions. If you are looking for a hardcore sugarfest for breakfast, stop by the local Marathon and grab a Monster. For anyone looking for a light, refreshing way to start their day, Vuka: Awaken is for you.

When it comes to kick, Vuka: Awaken is perfect for what it is. It picks you up, alleviates sleepiness and makes you alert while giving you just the right amount of energy to get your day started the right way. After drinking half of my bottle of Awaken I felt fantastic, ready to take on the world. The boost lasted until around lunch time when I got a bit of food and some more caffeine into my tummy to help me through the rest of my day. All things said, Awaken does exactly what it says it will do, and it does it well.

Vuka: Awaken comes packaged in a gorgeous 16 oz, double serving aluminum bottle with an eye-catching coat of orange paint and some aesthetically pleasing African-themed decorations for about $3 each when you order from Vuka’s online store. The thing is, you have to buy a case of 12 for $35.99, and it’s hard for most consumers to part with that sum of money for 12 drinks they may not like.

Final Words:

Vuka: Awaken is a fantastic morning energy beverage that kicks your day off to an amazing start. The smooth orange flavor is very refreshing, though slightly diluted, the energy boost is better than a cup of coffee, and $3.00 isn’t a lot to ask for a functional morning energy drink that works.

Score: 8.0/1o (Great)

Aroma: 8.0/10
Taste: 8.25/10
Kick: 8.75/10
Value: 7.0/10

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