Oh yes! Back to coconut water. I myself can not believe I am walking that path again. The first time I drank coconut water I was less than impressed. But then I saw the Dragons drink Thirsty Buddha on Dragons Den (watch pitch here) and they liked the product and drank it without a negative reaction.
So I wrote the company and asked for them to send me some of their not from concentrate, and, according to them, “world’s best-tasting coconut water.” If I did not like their coconut water I probably was never going to like any coconut water.
I did another live taste test on video which was more than a little nerve wracking. I am happy to say one of their coconut waters passed my foodie test!
They sent me three different types: with pulp, just coconut water and mango-flavoured.
I really do not understand the appeal of the “with pulp” version and found the little floating pieces not super appetizing. This version also was not very pleasant to drink but it was not as bad as the other coconut waters I had in the past.
On the right (see above) you have their mango flavoured coconut water. On the can it says, “we’ve blended it with just enough fresh mango juice to take your taste buds on a tropical escape.” They do not say that they also added water, sugar and citric acid. The mango version tasted too sweet and not as clean to me. More produced and refined.
It was the 100% all natural coconut water that impressed me. It smelled and tasted… nutty! Like you would expect a coconut to taste. Everything else I had tried was very sweet and refined but this one? This one tasted as if I was having coconut water on Survivor! I really liked it. It was a miracle!
I did end up using all of the different coconut waters in my smoothies which really did not change the flavour but added the nutrients and hydrating powers of this natural resource, which I liked.
Overall, I was absolutely impressed with Thirsty Buddha, as a company and with their 100% all natural coconut water (pulp free) product. Definitely better than any other coconut water I have tried. It was the closest thing to getting to drink from a coconut by opening a can.
To find out where you can pick some up to try visit their store locator. Thirsty Buddha is sold in 4000 stores across Canada. I give the 100% all natural coconut water pulp-free product (the green can) four out of five wooden spoons. The one with pulp and mango just are not on my radar. I don’t get the pulp and the one with mango tastes too man-made.