Frescos Naturales is a Latino-owned beverage company that specializes in creating delicious and refreshing aguas frescos, also known as frescas. These drinks are made with only the freshest ingredients, including fruit, water, and just a bit of sugar, making them a healthy and natural alternative to other processed and sugary drinks on the market.
The company was founded by Juan Stwart, who grew up in La Antigua, Guatemala, and moved to Boulder, Colorado when he was 17 years old. Juan has always been passionate about aguas frescos and grew up drinking them made with fruits like pineapple, hibiscus, and tamarind. It was during a lunch with his son that the idea to bottle and sell these drinks came to them, and in 2018, he began selling Rosa de Jamaica (hibiscus) at local farmers’ markets.
With the success of the rosa de jamaica, Juan set out to develop more flavors and Frescos Naturales was born. The company now has six flavors, including Rosa de Jamaica, Tamarindo, Maracuya, Piña, Guayaba, and Mango. Each drink is made with only high-quality ingredients and a light touch of sugar, making them a healthier alternative to other processed drinks on the market.
- Rosa de Jamaica: A slightly sweet and lightly tart sparkling hibiscus drink. Perfect for those who love a hint of tartness in their drinks.
- Tamarindo: Tamarind is one of the most beloved beverages in Latin America and Frescos Naturales does it justice. This sparkling drink has an earthy sweet and sour flavor with invigorating acid notes.
- Maracuya: Also known as passion fruit, maracuya is a native to Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. This sparkling drink has a light and bright flavor with tropical sweet and timid tartness.
- Piña: A sparkling pineapple drink with sweet and mellow tartness. Perfect for those who love a tropical twist.
- Guayaba: A sparkling drink made with guava, a tropical fruit with a sweet and tangy taste.
- Mango: A sparkling drink made with juicy and sweet mangoes, perfect for those who love a tropical twist.
Frescos Naturales also prides itself on its commitment to its Latino heritage. The company’s artistic director, Sebastián, also grew up drinking natural refrescos in his native Peru. He has led the way in developing the look of the brand, using bright colors and presenting the flavor names in Spanish as a way to pay homage to their Latin American roots.
Frescos Naturales can be found in cafes, restaurants, and delis in the Boulder area and is also available for sale online at drinkfrescos.com. The drinks are available in a six pack or a variety pack, allowing customers to try all the flavors.
The company recently won first place in Naturally Boulder’s 17th annual Pitch Slam, which included a free booth at Natural Products Expo East 2022, and a guaranteed opportunity to pitch at the Expo East Pitch Slam.