Coconut water. Let's think about that for a second. If you saw that available in a store, would you pick it up and give it a try? I grew up with your standard beverages, so the idea that there's a market for coconut water seemed rather amazing. But sure enough, it's a growing area… so consider yourself educated. Which is what brings us to this review of O.N.E. Coconut Water. (By the way, O.N.E. stands for "One Natural Experience", in case you were wondering.)
Yes, coconut water comes from coconuts and has been around for years, but not in the mainstream. It's big in the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia, though some producers are trying hard to bring it to your grocery shelves as an innovative drink. Coconut water is typically high in potassium, thus it can be marketed as a sports replenishment drink. In fact, my TetraPak of O.N.E. Coconut Water actually markets itself as a "Natural Sports Drink". The packaging notes that it has 15 times the amount you'd find in a standard sports drink, which by illustration obviously is pointed at Gatorade.
What was that, you ask? "What's a TetraPak?" Well, as you can see from the photo of this drink, it's not in a can or bottle. Rather, think of it as being in a 11.2 oz. juice box… for grown ups! The unique packaging reflects the distinctive nature of this drink. The packaging proclaims "100% natural" and the ingredients seem to reflect that:
O.N.E. Coconut Water
100% natural coconut water
The drink is made in Brazil, and for you folks with celiac disease, you'll be happy to know that it's gluten-free. But seriously, what's this stuff all about? We'll let the creative copywriting folks get their due by posting what's written on the side of the package:
O.N.E. Coconut Water is delicious all natural coconut water from young green coconuts. It has five electrolytes, more potassium than a banana, no fat, no cholesterol, and no preservatives. It is the most natural and refreshing way to rehydrate.
When you open the container, I was surprised not to be greeted by a strong coconut scent. It actually was pretty scent-free, though a subtle sweetness was present. When viewing the drink, you probably won't be surprised to find out that it's color-free, more like cloudy water.
As for the taste itself, it was rather surprising. Not quite what I expected at all. Maybe I was thinking this would be like a liquefied Mounds candy bar or something. One thing is for sure, however… the aspect of "refreshment" is very present, especially if the drink is strongly chilled. It's cool and can quench your thirst quite well. The flavor is water-y, with a subtle coconut flavor there. In some ways, almost tasted too watered down, but then again, this is branded as coconut WATER, so I guess that's to be expected. There isn't a negative aftertaste or anything like that, but it's quite unlike anything I've ever tried.
I can't say that I'm in love with the flavor. Then again, I'm new to this coconut water thing. A few years ago, I took a trip to Costa Rica, and the flavor resembles some of the juices and drinks I was able to sample there. There's quite a natural/organic feel, with a distinctive liquid pulp/fruit taste. It starts out sweet, with an almost creamy sensation, then turns somewhat mellow, with an interesting milky follow-up. I think it might be a taste I'd have to acquire over time, personally.
A single container of this stuff has 60 calories, 60 mg of sodium, 670 mg of potassium, 15 g of carbs – of which 14 g are sugars, and 1 g of protein. You'll pick up 40 mg of calcium, 17 mg of phosphorus, and 25 mg of magnesium.
O.N.E. Coconut Water is definitely a refreshing, natural alternative to quench your thirst. The real question remains whether the distinctive flavor is something that you'll like or not. The packaging is very contemporary and attractive, which I think is a huge plus in attracting folks to try coconut water for the first time. And if you are looking for a burst of potassium, it's hard not to consider this option!