Review: O.N.E. Coconut Water


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.)

Review: O.N.E. Coconut Water

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!

Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of One Natural Experience

Comments

  1. This sounds pretty good. I'd try it in a heartbeat. Plus, I find I'm usually lacking phosphorus in my daily diet.

  2. I LOVE ONE COCONUT WATER!!!!!!!!

  3. That's so ironic that you reviewed this drink today. I went looking for coconut water at the suggestion of creating a green smoothie, and bought this brand yesterday. I found it quite refreshing, being used to SWEETened beverages, it was definitely a change, but my body reacted very well, I head got all tingly inside, it was like an instant recharge.

  4. Thank you for all the amazing comments!
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  5. It's yummy. I had the Grace brand (in a can) for decades. The stuff in Grace has pulp bits inside, and it's rather disconcerting looking down into it.

    If I can find this brand, I'd give it a try – I like the packing better.

  6. I love O.N.E…..had been experiencing bad digestive probs for awhile and the coconut water digests easily and is tasty! I really think it has helped me and I am going to keep buying it for the health benefits.

  7. Awesome Drink! My wife and I bought O.N.E today and thorougly enjoyed every sip of it. Look forward buying more. It is thirst quenching, pretty refreshing and best of all – nutrients packed. Go ahead, get your O.N.E :)

  8. I LOVE O.N.E. Coconut water!!!! It's really refreshing. I'll keep buying it for the health benefits too.

  9. I've tried O.N.E and while it is good, I think that Vita Coco coconut water tastes the closest to fresh coconut water. I just got back from a trip from Costa Rica and was shocked at how Vita Coco tasted exactly like fresh coconut water. It has the perfect level of sweetness and is extremely refreshing. If you haven't tried Vita Coco it is definitely worth it.

  10. O.N.E. IS AWESOME!!!!

    We sell it at our medi spa in D.C. and we sell both singles and cases of 12. We go through it relatively quickly which always leaves us with the latest batch, bad ones are gross.

    COCONUT WATER IS BEST COLD! So don't try straight off the shelf you may not like it then, totally different taste chilled. Also, ALWAYS check the expiration date!

  11. Jasmine says:

    I must of gotten a bad batch because when I tasted it it was completely disgusting. It had a really bad smell and the taste was gross. I was pissed too because I bought a 1 liter and it cost me $6+. I was told that the Vita Coco almost tastes like a pina colada, but that's definitely not what the O.N.E. I had tasted like. It didn't taste like coconut either. =\

  12. Vita Coco is so much better than O.N.E. Unlike Vita Coco is 100% natural and it seems to be available at every convenience/grocery store in my area. I highly recommend the tangerine flavor; its awesome!

  13. chelseababe says:

    i don't like ONE coconut water.. vita coco is my favorite (although i've tried them all) because it is the most natural and has the best flavors!

  14. I like the coconut water at lunch…seems to give me the energy to get through the rest of the day. Have been buying the Active O.N.E for my kids to replace the Gatorade they drink…much less sugar and more of the good stuff. The cranberrygrapefruit is a favorite.

  15. E. Kavet says:

    Once opened it has a 2 day window of expiration. It has a mild sweetness to it. I find myself drinking more of ONE Coconut Water than plain water after my bike ride. I have nothing negative to say about this product.
    Low calorie and guilt free.

  16. This drink is really great, BUT only when it tastes right. Some have a lightly sour taste, just a little, but it makes all the difference. And I'm not talking about the flavored version, which by the way doesn't make much sense.

  17. Vita Coco is my favorite brand of coconut water. I think it tastes so much better than any of the others. I love all the flavors it comes in too, mango is my favorite!

  18. Vita Coco is great in the morning or after a work out! It’s so refreshing and wakes me up, not to mention it’s much healthier than coffee, soda and tastes way better than Gatorade! I highly recommend it!

  19. I wasn't a fan of cocnut water- until I tried the Vita Coco brand! Vita Coco has a much better taste than others on the market, I found Zico in particular to taste a bit like plastic. ONE isn't nearly as fresh as Vita Coco either. Not only does Vita Coco taste good, but it makes me feel great! I drink one in the morning and after the gym. You need to try Vita Coco

  20. I just wanted to thank you all for all your helpful comments. I tried VITA Coco yesterday after all the amazing things you guys have been saying about it and all i can say is i am super mad at myself for not discovering this amazing product earlier. Seriously guys VITA Coco is the best thing ever.

  21. Vita Coco is for everyone and for every mood. Sometimes I drink it in the morning before work instead of coffee, sometimes I take it with me to the gym, sometimes i drink it at night after dinner instead of having dessert. its much healthier and sometimes i drink it at night. it tastes awesome when its mixed in with rum or vodka for that matter. My personal favorite is the Pineapple flavor and if you mix it with Malibu or any other rum for that matter its delicious. Of course the fact that everyone goes on about how healthy it is is just a bonus.

  22. There is a reason as to why Vita Coco holds more than 65% of the total market for coconut water. Its not only because it tastes by the far the best but also because unlike other sports drinks and juices it does not contain any fats or sugars its 100% natural. I have yet to meet someone who has something negative to say about VITA COCO!

  23. funny how someone that works for Vita is posting over and over here.

  24. Bad marketing says:

    lol. Vita Coco is well-known for….spamming message boards and comment threads.

  25. I think it tasted like crap, i wanted to puke when I tried it…it has a horrible smell, i thought maybe it was just a bad one so i went to a different store and got one from there checked the date and everything, it still made me want to upchuck all over. I rather just stick to my water with lemon slices yuck big time

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