So I recently arrived back to the UK from Ghana. We all know due to the hot weather regular drinking of cool beverages is the order of the day. Whilst I was there my drink of choice was Alvaro – I enjoyed nothing more than sitting on my porch catching the breeze and sipping some Alvaro.
For those who don’t know Alvaro, it’s a non – alcoholic natural malt based soft drink. Alvaro is available in three flavours – pear, passion fruit and pineapple. It is packaged in a stylish embossed 330ml green bottle with an emotive and contemporary metallic labelling, giving it a sophisticated and outstanding look.
Alvaro was launched in 2009 by Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL), and also retails across Africa in countries such as Kenya, where it is very popular. It has also proved a success in Ghana and I for one could not get enough of it while I was there. Although I enjoy all three flavours, for me the passion fruit flavour reigns supreme. This was to the contrary to many Ghanaians I met who preferred the pear flavour.
It retails in most shops for GH₵ and at the shoprite supermarket at Accra Mall you are permitted to take the bottles away (as opposed to leaving the bottle with shopkeeper for recycling). I admit I tried and failed to smuggle some bottles back to the UK. Though Alvaro is available in London but it sparsely distributed, so it will be slightly expensive due to import duty. Check with your local Ghanaian mini market. Though I do know for sure that it is availiable at Kotoko Mini Market 126 Craven Park Road, Harlesden, London,NW10 8QD, Tel;020 8965 7599
Lastly I will leave you with the two most important questions; have you tasted Alavro? Which is your favourite flavour?
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By Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)