The three major brands of coconut water on the market are Zico, Vita Coco and O.N.E. For the first time buyer of coconut water it can be a difficult choice as to which brand to try first. They are all about the same price and on Amazon.com all three brands have their admirers and detractors. Taste is such a subjective thing that it is difficult to make a recommendation based upon what you like because someone else is bound to have different tastes to you. In this post I will attempt to give as much information about the three brands of coconut water to help you choose for yourself.
Zico Coconut Water
Zico was formed by Mark Rampolla who discovered the benefits of coconut water while serving in the Peace Corp in South America. Zico sponsors sports events and pushes its coconut water as a sports drink.
Zico coconut water is low in acidity, gluten free and kosher certified. Zico is made from young Brazilian coconuts. It is sold in 11.2 ounce tetra packs by Amazon.
Zico coconut water has probably the smoothest taste of the three coconut waters. It strikes a balance between the natural sweetness and tang of coconut water. Zico also has an even consistency that is not too watery or conversely too syrupy.
Vita Coco Coconut Water
Madonna has used her considerable influence to make Vita Coco a hot new topic in Hollywood. Her showbiz chums now swear by the stuff as great for curing hangovers and rehydrating after a good workout.
Vita Coco is sold in 11.2 ounce tetra packs by Amazon.com. It is free of fat, cholesterol and sugar, and low in acidity. As with Zico, Vita Coco is made from young Brazilian coconuts.
Vita Coco has the strongest coconut flavor of the three coconut waters under review. It is a tangy drink with a moderately creamy body and a nutty taste.
O.N.E Coconut Water with a Splash of Fruit Juice
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The founder of O.N.E is Rodrigo Veloso who grew up drinking coconut water straight from the coconut. O.N.E stands for ‘one natural experience’. The principal behind the company is to replace sugary unhealthy beverages with healthy ones.
This is slightly ironic because although O.N.E coconut water is much lower in added sugar than the average cola it does taste sweeter than either Zico or Vita Coco because it is often sold mixed with a ‘splash’ of either pineapple, guava, passion fruit, mango or tangerine. For those who are not too keen on the tangy taste of coconut water this splash of natural fruit juice does wonders for the palate. It also makes O.N.E coconut water a good mixer for cocktails and fruit punches.
While some people find O.N.E to have the most authentic coconut taste, others feel that it is too watery.
O.N.E coconut water is sold in 8.5 ounce tetra packs by Amazon.
General Note about Coconut Water
All of these coconut waters should be served cold. The chill makes them a lot more refreshing and palatable. The perception of coconut taste is very important. Coconut water from the young coconut water has a sweetness with an underlying tang that some enjoy. It is something of an acquired taste. Often people who grew up drinking coconut water associate the tang of coconut water with their childhood. To a North American taste bud there probably is no nostalgia about coconut water to influence choice.
The general consensus seems to be that Zico and O.N.E are the best coconut waters with Coco Vita coming out third consistently. For those who love the taste of coconut water there really is nothing that can beat drinking straight from the husk of a young coconut.
O.N.E website – www.onedrinks.com
Zico website – www.zico.com
Vita Coco website – www.vitacoco.com