FAQ

Better Than Coffee…

… doesn’t stain your teeth!
… doesn’t spill!
… doesn’t burn your hands!
… gives you a sustained energy!
… has good fat, fibers and proteins to fill you up!
… keeps for days on your desk!
… is always ready!
… can be carried in your pocket!
… can pass the airport security checks!
… is always fresh!
… doesn’t require water!

HEALTH & ALLERGIES
Are you using preservatives in BTC? BTC does not have any preservatives and does not have any artificial ingredients. Preservatives kill what makes a food alive. It kills the good in it! Preservatives make food less beneficial to you. As we do not use preservatives and artificial ingredients expect the taste to be slightly different over time. Less “conformity” also means so much better for you!
Are BTC gluten free? Yes, all BTC contain less than 20ppm of gluten, which is the USA and EU definition for Gluten Free. BTC are made with tools and machines that do not handle ingredients containing gluten. Only 2 ingredients contain gluten in the building and they are handled on other production lines to avoid any possible cross-contamination.

 
“What is Gluten?”  Gluten is a protein found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye.  It can also be used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizer or thickening agent.

Over the last couple of years there has been an increasing awareness of Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and gluten sensitivity.  In addition to people that suffer from gluten intolerance and sensitivities, many people just feel healthier and more energetic when they eat a gluten-free, whole foods diet.

For more information on Celiac and gluten sensitivity visit:celiac.org or gluten.net.

Whether you are fueling for a sport or just nourishing to get through your day, BTC are convenient, delicious, gluten-free bars made with the best quality ingredients.

Are BTC nut free?
The FDA considers coconut as a tree nut therefore we cannot claim BTC “nut free”. BTC are made in Canada in a strictly peanut and tree nut free factory, under Health Canada official definition: BTC are made in a factory free from Peanuts and Tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts). Health Canada official definition The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) states: “Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are allergic to tree nuts, talk to your allergist before adding coconut to your diet.”
Are BTC GMO Free? Yes BTC are GMO Free. We do not have the GMO Free project stamp yet. Guarana and Maca come from regions where GMO is not used and getting GMO certification on those ingredients would have a very negative impact on our pricing.  Peru, where the maca plant grows, has a 10 years GMO ban (starting 2012). More Info: Peru GMO ban
Our bars are a great source of energy, but we would not recommend them for children or pregnant women. BTC contains Maca, a root vegetable from Peru with therapeutic properties, and Guarana which has stimulant properties coming from the seeds guarananine.  Although it is considered safe for adults, there has not been thorough medical testing on these ingredients for children and pregnant women.
Dairy or milk products/derivatives are common ingredients and sources of protein in energy bars.  Dairy ingredients may show up as whey or casein on the ingredient label.  Although dairy can be a good source of protein, some people have trouble digesting dairy, so our bars are dairy-free, made with the best quality ingredients.
SPECIAL DIETS
Are BTC Vegan? Yes they are 100% VEGAN. Please do check our labels prior to purchase and email us with any question if you are uncertain.
Yes it is. Better Than Coffee Energy Bars are certified by Montreal Kosher. This is the LAIT-Dairy MK icon you see on our communications.
It is the official Montreal Kosher label certification
BTC are not baked. We boil the Brown Rice syrup mix to evaporate the water, the other ingredients are then incorporated without cooking, we use a refrigeration system.

What does “raw” mean? When food is labeled as raw, it means that none of the ingredients have been heated to a temperature above 118°F in order to preserve all of the enzymes contained in the plant that would be destroyed by the extreme heat of cooking.

Why eat raw food? We are not raw food advocates as such but BTC base is raw. Raw food advocates say that heat changes the molecular structure of food, and destroys most or all of the food’s beneficial enzymes and renders its nutrients mostly unusable. Enzymes help the body to properly digest and assimilate food for optimal nutritional value. Although the body is capable of making enzymes it is believed to have a finite amount, and over time, the amount of available enzymes diminishes. Studies show that consuming living enzymes (i.e. raw food) can help conserve the body’s energy, reduce disease-causing stress and support a healthier digestive system.

PRODUCTION & SHELF-LIFE
Our bars have no preservatives and are not baked. We use refrigeration and seal them straight after. This allows us to have a long enough shelf life for this category of products. There is no health risk of consumption until 18 months but for product freshness we stamped it 15 months from date of production. The expiration date is on the package and best of date of your order will vary.

Amazon.com guarantees 50days from purchase date. Amazon.com does not operate First In First Out, meaning it is hard for us to evaluate what they are shipping for us.

We do not use any preservatives, taste will change over time. Due to our making process whatever the way the ingredients will blend together over time, it does not alter the quality of the end product. See next question “What will BTC taste like overtime?”

BTC are plant-based & have no preservatives. Using natural ingredients means the taste will change overtime.  They may come a little harder. It does not alter the quality.
When the weather is cold, due to the high chocolate content, the bars may get harder. Some of our customer heat them few seconds in a microwave…
We make BTC in Canada  in a strictly peanut and tree nut free factory, under Health Canada official definition. See “Are Better Than Coffee nut free?”
Better Than Coffee does not fortify our bars with vitamins and minerals.  We use the best quality ingredients, the nutrients are inherent from our ingredients.
OTHER STUFF YOU MAY ASK
We do not know for sure. Guarana seed extract is a caffeine source and would show up in drug test if caffeine like substances were being tested for. It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance. We take no liability for passing or not passing any form of drug tests.

We are using an extract from guarana berries – see our product page.
Guarana berries contains guaranine.
Guaranine is the berries equivalent of caffein – expect a different effect!
Each 25g bar has 100mg of caffein.
Guarana is bitter and is a real challenge to blend when you do not add a ton of sugar or salt to hide it! We have tried many different flavors, without covering it with sugar, for now we have only succeeded with 2 flavors. We keep trying 🙂
Unfortunately high cost of shipping do not allow us to send samples directly to consumers. We regularly give samples locally in San Francisco.