Coconut water – Coco Quench
I honestly find it cute that the coconut water craze began this late in the game. In the Philippines, the benefits of drinking coconut water has long been known and passed on from one generation to another. I remember an old relative of mine saying that if someone is dehydrated, it’s better to make them drink coconut water than plain water or those colorful hydrating drinks. It has always worked for me and I swear by it as the best hangover cure ever.
Coconut water or buco juice was readily available to us before. There are still some small street corners and palengke stalls that sell fresh coconut water straight from the buco but with the way urbanization has been changing the city, there are less and less vendors on the streets now. If one does not have easy access to fresh coconut, what does one do then? One possible alternative is Coco Quench.
Coco Quench is sold in liter packs and smaller 330ml boxes. I think most people don’t give boxes or containers a good hard look and appreciate the hard work that went into it. Coco Quench’s patented tetra-box is proof of good engineering work. The box isn’t just keeping the drink fresh, it also keeps it cooler longer when you’ve chilled it. It’s light and durable and withstands a bit of a beating. For the liter pack, it has a handy twist off cap and spout while the 330 ml box has an “easy pull” tab. I’m not too happy about the “easy pull” tab because 6 out of the 8 times anyone in the family tries to open it, there is always spillage. The drinking hole is big enough and kinda gives you a feeling of drinking it out of a real buco but it’s not so convenient when you have kids drinking it. If they could pack in a paper straw as well, that would make it more convenient.
Taste and Ingredients
The Ingredients listed on the box states that the drink has Coconut water, Reconstituted coconut water, sugar (less than 1%) and Sodium Mitabisulfite. Reconstituted coconut water or reconstituted anything simply means that the water was taken out of the product so that it can be shipped better, bigger and faster and hydrated again when it’s time. Sodium Mitabisulfite is an inorganic compound used as a disinfectant, anti-oxidant and a preservative. Of course this has to be used to disinfect and keep the item longer to withstand shipment and shelving. Real coconut water doesn’t even last a day if left out.
Pouring Coco Quench out in a glass, it has the look of the “mala-uhog” coconut water, yung cloudy pero opaque pa naman. The smell is pretty close to the smell of freshly cut coco husks – at least for me but the taste leaves more to be desired. There is a very clear aftertaste after I had my first gulp and it didn’t go away even after I finished my first box. It could be the added sugar or it could well be an effect of the reconstitution process. This really doesn’t bother me because the packaging didn’t say anything about it being “real” coconut water. It’s coconut water, yes but it’s not “real” coconut water.
Tropicana’s Coco Quench is a good step in providing for their target market. If you live in a highly urban place, in a condo-clave and you don’t have access to fresh coconut water, then Coco Quench is a good substitute. I would definitely use Coco Quench as an ingredient in cocktails and mocktails. I tried it with rum and it was pretty good and dare I say it, better than taking it with cola.
Coco Quench is a better option to soft-drinks and soda since it has less artificial ingredients and colorings. I would also recommend Coco Quench over the less expensive and highly processed “fruit” juices that contain absolutely no fruit or juice whatsoever.
Coco Quench is high in Potassium so for those who have potassium deficiencies, I would recommend that you take Coco Quench. However, bear in mind that this should just be a supplement and an add-on to your doctor recommended nutrition and treatment.
Serving Size: 11.2 fl. oz. (330 ml)
Serving per container: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 0
% Daily Value based on a 2000 calorie diet
Total Fat: 0g 0%
Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
Trans Fat: 0g 0%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 150mg 6%
Potassium: 447mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate: 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%
Iron: 1mg 4%
Calcium: 62mg 6%
Magnesium: 31mg 8%