Our drink


the meaning

The combination of Chinese characters in our trademarked "DaoLu" translates to "rice essence" or "rice dew." However, there is a more common combination of two other Chinese characters with the same pronunciation that translate roughly to "journey," or "path." With this double meaning in mind, we hope to not only provide people a delicious drink but also inspire them to follow their own journey through a healthy life.


the taste

DaoLu is an all-natural, fermented rice beverage that has a refreshingly sweet and umami-like taste, with no added sugar.

As people strive to live a healthier lifestyle, they become more health-conscious in selecting daily foods and beverages. The US beverage market has responded by going beyond mainstream sugar-laden soft drinks, fruit juices, and sweetened teas to include a huge variety of water, soft drinks sweetened with zero- or low-calorie herbal sweeteners, vegetable juices, and fermented drinks such as kombucha and kefir. However, except for tasteless water, most of these beverages contain either added sugar or sweetener to satisfy one of our fundamental perceptions of tastes: sweetness. Thus, there is a need for a healthier and tastier beverage that is made from a natural process which imparts a genuine savory sweetness vastly different from the taste of added sugars or sweeteners. This is where DaoLu comes in.

Fermentation is one of the oldest methods used to preserve and introduce new flavors to food. DaoLu is made from rice fermentation, a process that originated in China as early as nine thousand years ago. Two simple ingredients, rice and water, are the starting materials. When fermentation starter is added to rice, many enzymatic reactions take place to generate a complex flavor. DaoLu’s sweetness comes from the conversion of starch into simple sugar. Savory taste, or umami, is the least understood of our taste perceptions. In DaoLu’s case, its savory taste comes from a combination of amino acids generated from enzymatic protein breakdown, lactic acid from probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and other rice fermentation end products yet to be determined by modern science. DaoLu is minimally filtered to give its smoothness, and pasteurized to retain its refreshing taste at optimal level.


health and wellness benefits

Fermentation not only gives DaoLu a savory and refreshing taste, but also bestows many health benefits. Many enzymatic reactions take place simultaneously, turning macromolecules into smaller, easier to digest nutrients, aiding our gut microbiome. Amino acids and short peptides are generated from proteins, glucose from starch, and organic acids from probiotics. Recent laboratory research has also demonstrated that rice fermentation releases strong antioxidants such as phenolics with potential anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and cardiovascular disease-ameliorating effects. Chemical analysis of DaoLu has revealed an absence of fructose, which could have implications in preventing Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic and vascular dysfunction effects caused by fructose. DaoLu contains no added sugar and is free of salt and cholesterol, meeting or exceeding the criteria many people seek in a healthy diet. It is also intrinsically vegan and gluten-free. 


DaoLu is a functional drink.