Review: We hunt down the best coconut water in Singapore
Cocoloco [Editor's Rave]
$5.90 for 330ml from Aloha Poké, $26.96 for six 330ml bottles from cocoloco.sg
While we all balked at the price ─ it was the most expensive of the lot ─ this is as close as it gets to the real deal, minus the chore of having to crack open a fresh coconut on your own. The natural sweetness of the Thai coconuts shone through as there is no pasteurising or preservatives involved.
Cocomax 100% Coconut Water
$1.95 for 500ml, available at Fairprice.
It’s fragrant, refreshing and not sweet. A great alternative if water gets too boring for you. Tip: freeze it in an ice tray and make mini popsicles. They won’t be sticky (because, zero added sugar) and they make for a guiltless treat on a hot day.
If Local Sensation Coconut Bottle Water
$1.50 for 330ml, available at major supermarkets and 7-eleven.
It’s not easy to keep coconut water tasting fresh for more than a couple of months. But the guys at If figured out a way to prolong the shelf life of their coconut water without adding any preservatives – cold aseptic filling system. Don’t worry, the taste isn’t affected. It’s just the right amount of sweetness and natural flavour.
Just Picked CocoWater [Great Find]
$2.60 for 330ml, available at Cold Storage and Red Mart.
Compared to Cocoloco, Just Picked CocoWater has a more inconsistent flavor. Some packets are sweeter while others have a tinge of sourness – perhaps it all boils down to the luck of the draw, since even fresh coconuts vary in sweetness. Most of all, we’re pleased that it tastes pretty natural.
UFC Coconut Water [Great Find]
From $1.75 for 500ml, available at major supermarkets.
In third place and a tad more bland than Just Picked CocoWater, this is cloudy but is among the most natural-tasting among supermarket brands. Plus, it’s affordable, which might explain why stocks tend to run out fast.
Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water
$1.95 for 330ml, available at major supermarkets.
Good if you like a fairly natural taste although it has a slightly more pronounced sour nuance than the first three brands. This makes for a reasonable alternative if the UFC brand is not available.
Coco Life Coconut Water
From $3 for 330ml, available at major supermarkets.
No artificial taste or sour note with this coconut water but there was a distinct caramelly scent and slightly cloying aftertaste.