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Test series by David Wilkes


Bone Broths

Initial Report - February 25 2019
Long Term Report - June 3 2019

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
Age: 52
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 210 lb (90.7 kg)


I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions the Northwest has to offer.  I prefer trips on rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me. I have finally managed to get my basic cold weather pack weight, not including consumables, to under 30 lb (14 kg).

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$19.99 USD


Available in single serve packages, single serve cups, or bulk 8oz (227g) container

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Product Description:

For this test I received four, 10 serving packages, one of each flavor: Protein coffee, Beef Bone Broth, Chicken Bone Broth, Thai Curry Beef Bone Broth. Each package contains 10 (single serving "stick packs"). The coffee packages are 0.46oz (13g), the Thai Curry 0.49oz (14g), Beef 0.53oz (15g), and the Chicken 0.56oz (16g).  I weighed one of each and found them to be 1g heaver than the listed weight which would be attributed to the packaging. Each contains 10g of protein. All flavors contain 0g sugars, and all but the beef have 0g saturated fat, the beef has 1g. The beef and Thai curry, contain 50cal the chicken 48cal and the coffee 45cal.

These products are targeted for a high protein (e.g. "Paleo") diet.

Initial Report

February 25 2019

To put my use of this product into better perspective I would mention that my meal of choice while on the trail consist of some type of broth/bouillon, with vegetables and/or pasta. My favorite is thin soup made with broth, dried vegetables and tortellini. I like that this sort of meal is satisfying, warming, and an additional source of hydration which is important to me as I often struggle to keep hydrated especially in cold weather. This sort of meal is also quick and easy to prepare, and the ingredients are lightweight and require minimal cooking. I would also mention an oddity with my food preferences. As much as I like big bold flavorful food and really like hot spicy food, I find when I am on the trail I prefer mild and even bland food. Finally, I am an admitted coffee snob. Aside for one particular brand I refuse to drink instant coffee. Even on the trail I will choose tea or just go without rather than drink bad coffee. "Life is too short to drink bad coffee or bad beer."

I will start off with the 'elephant in the room' protein coffee?!?! I admit I was more than a little skeptical when I heard of it.  So when I received the products I could not help but try the coffee immediately. First thing I noticed is that it quickly dissolved in the water, and to my surprise tasted like coffee...nothing else. As far as coffee goes, to my admittedly spoiled palate it is drinkable but I would not go so far as to say it is good. Which for me could be taken as high praise for an instant coffee.

Regarding the beef and chicken broths, upon being selected for this test I found a local store carries these two flavors of LonoLife and I have already been taking it to work with me for lunch or afternoon snack. I found the chicken to be very flavorful and I like it a lot. The beef is surprisingly subtle in its taste and it was not until the second serving that I began to appreciate just how good it is. Now I am having trouble deciding which I like better. I will mention here that I have found the powder to be a bit hydrophobic and so I have had some difficulty getting it to fully dissolve. My first serving of the chicken broth only about 2/3 of the mix dissolved into the water. When I got to the bottom of the mug and realized this I tasted the remaining sludge of concentrated mix...that was a mistake. It was very unpleasant and I won't be doing that again. To be fair I sometimes have also had trouble with getting bullion cubes to fully dissolve and they are also very unpleasant to taste in their concentrated form. I will report later on what I experience with getting this to mix while on the trail.

Finally the Thai Curry, which is a version of the beef broth. I opened the packet and immediately noticed an overwhelming smell of lemon grass. I am not a big fan of lemon grass as I find it can easily overpower a dish and be unpleasant unless it is used very sparingly. So I was pleasantly surprised to find the lemon grass flavor is not overpowering and the broth having only a little bit of heat(spice). In fact it is kind of good. It will be interesting to see if I still like it on the trail or find the flavor/spice too much.

I appreciate the convenience of the  single serving packaging. No measuring or for that matter even thinking is involved. But I have found it necessary to cut open the packages, and would prefer if they were easier to tear open. Another thing I noticed is that compared to the bullion cubes I normally use these are a little bulkier, but do not seem to weigh more.

Long Term Report

June 3 2019
USE:White Pass
  • Nordic skiing – x6 days (see notes)
  • Snowshoeing – Washington Cascades, ~4 mi/6.5 km just below freezing temps, clear calm weather
  • Day hikes – x2 intermittent rain, light wind, temps around 50F / 10C
  • Backpacking 1 night
  • Daily use (home & office)

Most of my use has been to drink it as a snack or a warming drink on cold days while Nordic skiing. Weather ranged from just above freezing to well below with snow. A typical day involved skiing for about 3-4hrs as well as some assorted other duties outdoors and in. A couple of times while skiing I drank some as part of my lunch. I managed a short spring 'shake down' backpacking trip with my dog. Weather was warm during the day and got down close to freezing at night. For my dinner I simmered cheese tortellini in two packets of the chicken broth. I have also had a few packets at home and at the office as a snack or as part of my lunch.

I found drinking the broth as a welcome change to plain water both as a snack or as part of my lunch. Broth with pasta is kind of my go-to dinner while hiking and I found the chicken broth perfect for this. When consuming it as a drink the chicken was good, but I found the beef more satisfying. While I won't say I don't like the Thai Curry, given the choice between it and the other two flavors, it was my last choice.

I also drank the coffee for all but the day hikes. Not sure I can add to what I have already said about the coffee, in my opinion it is fairly average as far as instant coffee goes. The protein may or may not be beneficial, I would like to think it is, but have no way to tell either way.

Overall I like the product and plan to get more of the beef and chicken broths, but doubt I would purchase any more of the coffee or Thai Curry.

This concludes my Report. I would like to thank the folks at LONOLIFE and for the opportunity to test this product.


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