Java Monster: Coffee-flavored Monster Energy

java-monster-coffee-energy-drinkJava Monster is a line of coffee flavored energy drinks from the makers of Monster Energy Drink.

Java Monster is available in 7 flavors; Loca Moca, Kona Cappuccino, Kona Blend, Vanilla Light, Irish Blend, Mean Bean, and Toffee but most locations don’t have them all in stock at the same time.

This, from an Caffeine Informer reader:

The Mean Bean has a mild vanilla flavor, and the Mocha is slightly chocolaty! The two taste very similar and resemble a coffee flavored milk more than anything else.

In terms of formulation, Java Monster appears to contains the same “Energy Blend” as regular Monster. However, it has always been a bit of a mystery as to how much caffeine the coffee extract added.

Mystery solved. Monster has begun to print the caffeine content on their new cans. According to the new cans there is 188mg of caffeine per can.

The coffee extract adds just 28mg of caffeine. Here we review Java Monster Mean Bean and Kona Blend.

Java Monster Mean Bean

Canned iced coffee drinks can sometimes be a hit-or-miss deal with today’s consumers who like a fine-tuned coffee or espresso from home, or a place like Starbucks.

The particular flavor of Java Monster we tried was Mean Bean. Formulated with a sweet taste paired with a creamy consistency, it’s easy to drink and would appeal to more than just the coffee connoisseurs out there.

Mixed with filtered water and skim milk, it’s not too heavy or too thin, having the depth of what would be an average bold roast. At fridge temperatures, Java Monster has a nice “iced coffee” taste, especially for those who love a sweet cup of coffee.

Those who prefer black coffee or unsweetened coffee would probably find Mean Bean and other Java Monsters sickeningly sweet  (33g of sugar + Sucralose)!

Just A Moderate Energy Boost

Java Monster provided a moderate energy boost that didn’t have us bouncing off the walls, nor feeling lethargic. However, the high sugar content caused a bit of the jitters and a 15 fl.oz. coffee would contain more caffeine without all the artificial ingredients found in Java Monster.

Java Monster probably appeals more to non-hardcore coffee drinkers who like their coffee on the mild side and very sweet. Just don’t expect to be exalted into an upper state of consciousness.

Kona Blend

kona blend
Mmmmmm. Monster has really done it right with their Java line. Kona Blend is no different. Very smooth and rich, it’s almost like a chocolate milk.

It has the coffee aroma, yet a chocolaty taste with a touch of coffee, just right if you ask me. And did I mention that it’s sooooo smooth?


Each 443ml can will pack 200 calories and the usual amounts of Vitamin A, B, C, and D, along with slight amounts of Calcium, Phosphate, Sodium, and Potassium. The energy comes from a mix of 2000mg of Taurine and 400mg of Panax Ginseng along with 5000mg of their Energy blend made up of 188 mg Caffeine, Guarana, Inositol, Glucuronolactone, L-Carnitine, Glucose, and Matlodextrin.

Good Flavor and Good Rush

You can always count on Java Monster for not only a good flavor, but a good energy rush. I drank my Kona after dinner (kind of a dessert) and saw a solid alertness, with a boost in my energy levels lasting a bit over 4 hours. The crash was very slight, matching the usual crash of the other Monster drinks, yet nothing to worry about

Reviewed by Brandon Trouten

Java Monster Verses Other Coffee Energy Drinks?

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UPDATE: You can Buy Java Monster Energy Drinks in bulk online.

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  • Pritchetts

    my office loves the 3 different flavors especially the loco mocha. However, since I don’t normally have sugar they’ve banned me from drinking them – cafeine and energy drinks not a problem for me. Its the sugar (no matter how great they taste) Even though fairly low in sugar compared to others too much sugar for me, not sleeping. Have been instructed if Monster ever comes out with a low carb coffee energy drink buy by the case weekly. Buy them in most convenience stores around atlanta, ga.

  • April

    I have only seen two flavors…the Mean bean & black bean (or black something). I tried the mean bean & it’s good & from reading all these messages it must be the vanilla. Does anyone know what the black bean is? I haven’t seen one called Mocha yet. Just the two.

  • KC

    I think it’s awesome(and somewhat healthier for you) because
    1) The Coffee flavor will appeal to more than its own sweet taste
    2) Not carbonated water, just filtered water
    3)There’s milk in there (reduced fat, too ;D)
    4)Instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup, there’s just sucrose and glucose
    5)There actually is coffee in there, and while coffee isn’t a super-healthy drink, it comes from a bean, which is more natural than sugary, carbonated drinks.
    6)As in regular monsters, the energy blend is more than just caffeine. It’s also a lot of the energy herbs. While pumping energy in yourself isn’t great in high quantities, I’d rather be it at least partially natural than all caffeine.
    7)The filtered water and milk are the most abundant ingredients (Which you can tell because they are the first two items on the ingredients list)
    8) 100 calories

  • KC

    There’s less than 1% of your daily value of saturated fat
    10)The natural energizers::Taurine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, L-carnitine::come before the caffeine, meaning they’re the bigger source of energy.(See number 6)



  • rm

    where in calif can you buy the java monster?????

  • deb

    you can get these by the case from and 7-up dealer.
    or easier…go to a store that sells them and have them order you a case will cost you about 32.00 for 24 cans

  • Jessica

    I LOVE THESE!! I don’t like monster drinks, and I don’t like coffe, but these are amazing! I can only find them at one gas station. They are not on their website either.

  • Jeremiah

    Monster Energy has hit it this time ive drank monster energy drinks for quite awile now and this is far the best one yet and the Loca oca Is My favorite

  • Ron

    Dose any one know why Monster has not done a full relese on this necter form the gods?

  • Suz

    What retailers have you found Java Monster?

    I am in Tucson and Albertson’s is the only location I have found so far after checking Safeway, CVS, and 7-Eleven.

    Note to MONSTER – MASS Distribute Please!!!!

  • Sopheap

    I LOVE JAVA MONSTER! i fell in love with when i went to the bp/mcdonalds gas station in charlotte nc. NOW i cant even find it anywhere. if anybudy knows their secret hiding place, pleese let me know asap! its not too sweet and not to coffee tasting. so great! & energetic!

  • Snake

    These things are great!! The claim about half the caffeine refers to Java Monster having 50% of the caffeine of regular coffee, which contains about 160 mg per 8 oz. Try looking for them at Casey’s General Stores, especially if you live in the Midwest. That’s the only place I’ve ever seen them. Suz – I agree with you – MONSTER should definitely step up the distribution!!

  • Bilet

    I LOVE it !! I am hooked but they have not re-stocked them !!! and it is driving me crazy…. This is the first energy drink that does not taste like cough medicine!!

    Monster Inc. please sell them at more locations!

  • Burke

    I have had many cans of this wonderful drink. I have not had the black as I don’t like coffee. I know it sounds strange, but it is more milk shake tasting to me. I have had all the other monsters, and this by far is the best! I have given them to friends to try and everyone loves them. LOCA MOCA rocks. Charlotte NC

  • kg

    Yes, Java is the real thing. Tastes great! and no jittery buzz like coffee can give you. i am a big fan of all 3!

  • Shae

    I am in love with the “Mean Bean”. I got my friends at worked hooked on it too which was kinda bad cuz now they buy them out! The only place we have found it (in San Diego) is 7-11’s and at a little deli by work..I would LOVE to buy them in bulk!

  • Mark

    Just did two weeks delivering groceries around the Phoenix and SoCal areas. All the AM PM stores were carrying the Java Monster.

  • Suz

    I got lucky and found some at the Chevron in Tucson on Swan/River. They made there solem promise to me that they would keep me in supply.

    Thank you Chevron! 🙂

  • Misty

    I absolutely love them! However for the last few weeks I have not been able to find them anywhere! I asked at the 7-11 where they were selling them and they said something about them being pulled off the shelf so they could do something about the Oregon bottle deposit…..didn’t make much sense to me and I havn’t been able to find them anywhere since…….I want them back:(

  • Dresser Drawer

    I am in Charlotte,NC and have generally been able to find the Java drinks at Gas Stations with the Monster can taped up somewhere outside and most all Shell Stations I have been to. This stuff is awesome.

Last Modified: September 20, 2017