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I use coconut water in quite a few things, like my coconut water tonic, my green drinks, and smoothies. But, I have always wondered what each brand tastes like since, unfortunately, fresh coconut water is just not a feasible option for me. There are many brands on the market, not all of which are sold in any one location. So, I decided to do a taste test on as many brands as I could get my hands on.

Some of the samples I purchased – others were kindly provided by the brand. I will note that in my reviews as well. So, let’s get started!

Taste Nirvana

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Name: Real Coconut Water

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Very clean and fresh, especially if it is super cold. Slightly sweet, but not as sweet as other brands. No funky aftertaste. I could tell a slight difference in the flavor between the glass and the can. I prefer the glass bottle version of their product.

Ingredients: Natural coconut water from young, green coconuts(not from concentrate)

Container: Glass and BPA-free can

Region Coconuts are from: Thailand – Nakorn Pathom province

Sample provided by: Taste Nirvana

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Product #2

Name: Real Coconut Water with Pulp

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Same flavor profile as above – very clean and fresh, especially if it is super cold. Slightly sweet, but not as sweet as other brands. No funky aftertaste. I like the little chunks of pulp in there – it adds a level of texture toyourbeverage!

Ingredients: Natural coconut water, Coconut pulp(not from concentrate)

Container: Glass and BPA-free can

Region Coconuts are from: Thailand – Nakorn Pathom province

Sample provided by: Taste Nirvana

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Name: Real Coco Aloe

Taste/Flavor/Notes: I couldn’t tell much difference in the flavor of the aloe version,exceptthat it had a slightly milky/nutty flavor. Hard to describe, but it wasn’toff-puttingat all. There were little strands of aloe in there, so there was some texture. Overall it, was fresh tasting and slightly sweeter than the plain coconut water.

Ingredients: Natural coconut water, Aloe Vera, Fiber (not from concentrate)

Container: Glass

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Region Coconuts are from: Thailand – Nakorn Pathom province

Sample provided by: Taste Nirvana

Zico

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Name: ZicoNatural

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Typical coconut water flavor – really sweet and sort of “thick”. Had the usual coconut water aftertaste that is hard for people to like sometimes. I’m unsure what the natural flavors are.

Ingredients: 100% pure coconut water from concentrate, natural flavors

Container: HDPE Plastic bottles and tetra packs

Region Coconuts are from: Brazil

Sample provided by: Me

Blue Monkey

Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (7)Name: Pure Coconut Water

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Very clear coconut water. Had a sweet, slightly nutty flavor to it. Sweeter than Zico, making it one of the sweetest brands I tried. Tastes best very, very cold. Has the typical coconut water aftertaste.

Ingredients: 100% pure coconut water

Container: 17.6oz BPA-free metal can

Region Coconuts are from: SE Asia –Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand

Sample provided by: Me

Amy and Brian

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Name: Coconut Juice

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Sweet, but not overly. Had the typical coconut water flavor. I don’t know what it is, but I felt like I could taste a metallic taste from the can, but I think that might be all in my head!

Ingredients:Young coconut juice

Container: BPA-free metal can (large cans (17.5oz) are steel, small cans (10oz) are aluminum)

Region Coconuts are from:Thailand

Sample provided by: Amy and Brian

Product #2

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Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (9)Name: Coconut Juice With Pulp

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Same flavor profile as their regular coconut water, but it had a ton of pulp in it. Much more than Taste Nirvana. I like the pulp.

Ingredients: Young coconut juice and young coconut pulp

Container:BPA-free metal can (large cans (17.5oz) are steel, small cans (10oz) are aluminum)

Region Coconuts are from:Thailand

Sample provided by:Amy and Brian

Product #3

Name: Coconut Juice With Lime

Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (10)Taste/Flavor/Notes: Verycitrusyand refreshing. I tried it when it was super cold and there was no aftertaste. Very good.

Ingredients:Young coconut juice and lime juice

Container:BPA-free metal can (large cans (17.5oz) are steel, small cans (10oz) are aluminum)

Region Coconuts are from:Thailand

Sample provided by:Amy and Brian

Vita Coco

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Name: 100% Pure Coconut Water

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Very mild and not overly sweet, which I liked. Has a clean flavor.

Ingredients: Coconut water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Container:17oz BPA-free Tetra Pak

Region Coconuts are from: Brazil

Sample provided by:Vita Coco

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Name: Coconut Water – Peach & Mango

Taste/Flavor/Notes: I’ve never tried flavored coconut water before, so this brand was my first. The peach mango flavor had a nice flavor – more peachy than mango-y 🙂 I wouldn’t drink these often, if at all, just because of the added sugar, but what I tasted was good.

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Ingredients:Coconut water, Mango Puree, Peach Puree, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Container:17oz BPA-free Tetra Pak

Region Coconuts are from:Brazil

Sample provided by:Vita Coco

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Name:Coconut Water – Tangerine

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Least fave of the flavored kinds. To me, it tasted a little bland.

Ingredients:Coconut water, Tangerine Puree, Vitamin C

Container:17oz BPA-free Tetra Pak

Region Coconuts are from:Brazil

Sample provided by:Vita Coco

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Name:Coconut Water – Pineapple

Taste/Flavor/Notes: This one had a vibrant pineapple flavor. My hubby would love this one. This one was my favorite of the flavored coconut waters.

Ingredients:Coconut water, Pineapple Puree, Coconut Puree, Vitamin C

Container: 17oz BPA-free Tetra Pak

Region Coconuts are from:Brazil

Sample provided by: Vita Coco

Naked Juice

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Taste/Flavor/Notes: Slightly odd flavor in comparison to the other brands. Not every sweet with a touch of a bitter aftertaste. Definitely one of the most “plain” brands I’ve tried.

Ingredients: 100% coconut water

Container:BPA-free Tetra Pak

Region Coconuts are from: Brazil

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Sample provided by: Me

O.N.E.

Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (16)Name:Coconut Water

Taste/Flavor/Notes: Not as sweet as some of the other brands, but not as mild as Naked Juice. No bitter aftertaste, but still has the same coconut water flavor.

Ingredients:100% coconut water

Container:BPA-free Tetra Pak

Region Coconuts are from:Brazil

Sample provided by: Me

Goya Foods

Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (17)Name: Unsweetened Coconut Water

Taste/Flavor/Notes: I did not do a taste test on this product, because when I received the can, I wasdisappointedto see that there were additional ingredients other than young coconut water.

Ingredients: Young coconut water (98%), water, citric acid, potassium metabisulphite (as a preservative). Allergy warnings: Contains sulphurdioxide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfur_dioxide)

Container: Metal can

Region Coconuts are from: Thailand

Sample provided by: Goya

Regarding the coconut water, I was so surprised at how different each brand tastes. It all comes down to your personal preference. What is your favorite brand of coconut water?

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Other Products – I received samples from a new brand, Greater Than, of their coconut water based sports drinks. I am not a fan of sports drinks, like Gatorade, etc., because of the chemicals and other junk that’s in them. My husband regularly works out and he and his friends drink the occasional sports drink during or after workouts, so he helped me taste test these. He liked the taste a lot and I have to say they taste a lot better than what I remember Gatorade tasting.

Greater Thanhttp://drinkgt.com

Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (18)Flavors: Lemon-Lime, Tropical, and Orange

Taste/Flavor/Notes: The Lemon-Lime flavor smelled like a Sprite when I first opened it. It has a mild lemon-lime flavor and a little less sweet than the other flavors. The Tropical flavor smelled just like Kool-Aid when I opened the lid. It has a fruit punch taste that is sweet and slightly salty. The Orange flavor was vibrantly orange when the lid came off. Same sweet/salty flavor. Hubby loved all three flavors. His fave was the Tropical. All in all, if you’re going to drink a sports drink, I would choose this one overGatoradeor Powerade.

Coconut Water Review - So Many Brands to Choose From - Delicious Obsessions® | Real Food, Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipes, Natural Living Info (19)Ingredients: Water, coconut water (from concentrate), beet sugar, glucose, natural flavors,lacticacid, salt, malic acid, vegetable juice (for color in Tropical), Ascorbic Acid and Beta Carotene (in Orange) pectin, stevia.

Container: 20oz plastic bottles

Region Coconuts are from: Unknown

Sample provided by: Greater Than

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FAQs

Is Goya coconut water a good brand? ›

GOYA® was one of the first to popularize coconut water in the U.S and still stands strong. It's the only brand of coconut water that offers you authentic flavor, convenience and consistent high quality.

Who owns Foco coconut water? ›

In 2012, Thai Agri Food Co., the parent company of the FOCO brand, introduced FOCO 100% Pure Coconut Water to the U.S, packed in convenient Tetra Pak cartons.

Is Tetra Pack coconut water pure? ›

We provides 100% Pure coconut water that your body as you enjoy its refreshing, pure taste. Coconut water is highly nutritious and rich in vitamins.
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Cloudy White Raw Coconut Water Coconut Water In Tetra Pack, Packaging Size: 330ml.
Primary IngredientRaw Coconut Water
Flavournatural coconut water
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Should you drink coconut water everyday? ›

You may be wondering whether or not it is good to drink coconut water every day. For the general population, coconut water is generally considered safe to consume and provides a delicious source of natural electrolytes.

What should I look for when buying coconut water? ›

Stick to brands that offer pure ingredients and stay away from additives. Many brands add chemicals such as metabisulphite. These preservatives make the coconut water last longer on shelf and keep the colour consistent. Make sure that you choose brands that only list coconut water as the sole ingredient.

Which country has the best coconut water? ›

Young Thai coconuts are well known for being the best in the world, even compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. The variety most commonly grown in Thailand is called “Nam Hom," which translates to “fragrant water." Indeed, these coconuts are unique for a variety of reasons.

Which brand of coconut water has the least amount of sugar? ›

Whole Foods' brand of coconut water contains just 11 grams of sugar and 50 calorie per serving, making it a lower sugar option than many of the other beverages on this list.

Why do different brands of coconut water taste different? ›

Different brands use different ratios of young and mature coconut water, and the ones that are sweeter (and, by default, more flavourful) are ones that are using a higher ratio of young coconut water.

Is packaged coconut water healthy? ›

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is filled with potassium, sodium and magnesium, making it a great option to help hydrate. It's also low in calories and is fat-free. But beware of options loaded with added sugar and sodium.

Is Foco coconut water good for you? ›

It's made from handpicked coconuts and contains no added sugar or preservatives so it's a great alternative to soda or juice. Foco is filled with electrolytes to keep you and your family hydrated all day long. Whether you're at home, school, or on-the-go, Foco Coconut Water tastes great and keeps you refreshed!

What is Foco coconut water? ›

Harvested from hand-picked young green coconuts, FOCO Coconut Water is a natural isotonic beverage that will hydrate your body as you enjoy its refreshing, pure taste.

What are FOCO cans made of? ›

FOCO Organic Coconut Water is harvested from organic coconut palms farmed on our very own plantations that are free of synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers.

Who should not drink coconut water? ›

Don't drink coconut water as way to increase salt levels if you have cystic fibrosis. High levels of potassium in the blood: Coconut water contains high levels of potassium. Don't drink coconut water if you have high levels of potassium in the blood. Low blood pressure: Coconut water might lower blood pressure.

Is coconut water good for arthritis? ›

Improve joint pain

This can help reduce inflammation and pain in the body, especially when drinking coconut water every day. In addition, this healthy drink also contains vitamin B6, which helps reduce and prevent inflammation, especially inflammatory joints caused by osteoarthritis.

Is coconut water good for your kidneys? ›

I'd recommend anyone with a chronic kidney disease avoid consuming large amounts of coconut water. As mentioned before, coconut water has high potassium content. A large intake of potassium in kidney patients can lead to life-threatening hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the blood).

How much coconut water can you drink per day? ›

There are no set guidelines for how much coconut water to consume. Those who drink it regularly often enjoy one to two cups per day, while others only reach for a cup after a run instead of a standard sports drink.

Is coconut water high in sugar? ›

Coconut water has a low glycemic index and minimal natural sugar. Hence, it won't cause a spike in your blood sugar. Glucose provides the body with energy.

Does unopened coconut water need to be refrigerated? ›

So how long does coconut water last, and when does it expire? If you're buying coconut water in those tall, cardboard boxes, also known as Tetra Paks, it should be be shelf-stable. That means you can store the unopened box of coconut water at room temperature for about a year.

Is Vita Coco real coconut water? ›

Vita Coco started producing delicious, natural coconut water in 2004—before most adults started swapping sugary sports drinks for this healthier alternative. Their original coconut water contains less than 1 gram of added sugar, some vitamin C, and pure coconut water not from concentrate.

Which brand of coconut water has the least amount of sugar? ›

Whole Foods' brand of coconut water contains just 11 grams of sugar and 50 calorie per serving, making it a lower sugar option than many of the other beverages on this list.

Is bottled coconut water healthy? ›

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is filled with potassium, sodium and magnesium, making it a great option to help hydrate. It's also low in calories and is fat-free. But beware of options loaded with added sugar and sodium.

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