Watermelon Coconut Water Smoothie + Cocozia 100% Organic Coconut Water Review

Sometimes I feel like the only food blogger who hasn't jumped on the coconut water bandwagon. I've seen it everywhere the past few years, but up until recently I haven't had a chance to try it. Despite its recent popularity many of the grocery stores in my area still don't stock it, which is one of the downsides of living in a small town. Last month when Cocozia contacted me and offered to send me a case of their 100% Organic Coconut Water I decided to take them up on the offer to see what all the fuss was about.

There were a number of things I liked about the product right off the bat. Cocozia is 100% Organic natural coconut water, it doesn't contain preservatives, and doesn't come from a concentrate. The packaging is perfect for someone who is always on-the-go (like a certain food blogger we all know and love) and comes complete with a pretty nifty collapsable straw that doesn't bend when you try to puncture the carton. All drink boxes should come with this type of straw, it has some serious puncture power!

As for the flavor, I will say that I wasn't impressed. It turns out that Cocozia coconut water has a bit of an odd salty flavor to it. After drinking four of the tetra boxes from Cocozia as well as four competing brands of coconut water I've come to several conclusions:

  1. I don't really enjoy coconut water, even if it is healthy.
  2. Cocozia has a much less pleasing flavor than several of the competing brands I tried.

I've heard that coconut water is an acquired taste and I've also heard that you either love it or hate it. I find that I'm rather indifferent to it, it's just so bland and uninteresting. I decided that since I don't care for it plain, but do like the health benefits associated with coconut water, I would take my remaining drink boxes into the kitchen to experiment with. Today's recipe was the clear winner in my experimentation because the salty flavor of the coconut water pairs surprisingly well with the sweetness of the watermelon. I've added a bit of peppermint and lime zest to give the smoothie a more robust flavor. This combination makes for an incredibly refreshing summertime smoothie.

Where to purchase

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Watermelon Coconut Water Smoothie
makes 1 serving

Ingredients

6 ounces coconut water, frozen (I used Cocozia)
1 cup watermelon chunks
1 Tablespoon lime zest
1 mint leaf

Substitutions:

If you don't have coconut water on hand you can use regular ice cubes to make this recipe.

Directions

  • Fill an ice cube tray with coconut water and freeze for several hours. You'll need about 6 ice cubes for this recipe.
  • Using a grater, zest lime. In a blender combine lime zest, watermelon, mint leaf, and frozen coconut water. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

In case anyone was wondering I also tried VitaCoco, ZICO, Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, and 100% Naked Coconut Water. These were the only four brands I was able to find locally for a taste comparison. Of the brands that I sampled for this review I preferred the naturally sweet flavor of Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, which of course was the most expensive of the brands I sampled. My mother always did say that I have expensive tastes.

Where to Purchase

Amazon - Cocozia 100% Organic Coconut Water

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that EPICUREX has provided me with a case of Cocozia 100% Organic Coconut Water for review. I purchased packages of VitaCoco, ZICO, Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water, and 100% Naked Coconut Water on my own for comparison purposes. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Tuesday Tea - March Selection Club - Simple Loose Leaf

Back in September I was offered a chance to try out a new customizable tea subscription service called Simple Loose Leaf. As I mentioned earlier in the month they contacted me in February to let me know that they were making changes to their subscription plans and gave me the choice of receiving the last tea in my six month subscription or trying out the new plan for a month. I opted to try out the new plan, called the Selection Club, so I could share it with you. The new plan is structured quite differently, with the classic plan you picked which teas you wanted to have sent and received one per month. Members of the new Selection Club are sent an email each month with a menu containing five teas, you can either choose to be sent two of the teas from the menu or smaller amounts of all five teas. Also new to this plan is the ability to sample one tea from the next month's menu. I have to say, I love this, it lets me decide ahead of time if I want to reorder something I really enjoyed or avoid something I thought I would enjoy and ended up disliking.

Plan Description:

When you join Simple Loose Leaf you will tour the world and explore the wonders of tea. Our members embrace the discovery of new passions and rekindle their forgotten loves through our carefully curated menu of teas. Select a plan, make tea selection, and get a package!

Where to Purchase: 

March Selections:

Gunpowder Green
Russian Caravan Black
Winter White Chai
Ti Kuan Yin Oolong
Raspberry Vanilla Mint Green

In mid-February I was sent the Selection Club menu. The process was simple, I only had to fill out a short form with my contact information and my selections for the month. 

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Gunpowder Organic Green

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 2 - 3 teaspoons (2.3g) per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 180°F

Steep Time: 2 - 3 minutes

Review:

I feel that part of the fun in signing up for a tea club is the chance to discover something new so when I selecting my teas for the March Selection Club, I decided to break out of the box a little so to speak, I selected two teas that wouldn't normally appeal to me. I've never really been a fan of gunpowder green tea, oftentimes it is either heavily smoky or astringent and those types of flavors have never appealed to me. Up until now I haven't found one that I would consider finishing a full cup of, but this tea was different, there was only a subtle smoky flavor that I found pleasant, rather than overwhelming. Even though this is a tea I wouldn't order again, I'm not really a fan of smoky teas no matter how subtle, I would highly recommend it to those of you who do enjoy them. The quality of this tea is wonderful and it's organic to boot. I'm really glad I selected this tea for my March box, it gives me hope that one day I may enjoy a small handful of smoky teas.

My Rating: 78/100

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Raspberry Vanilla Mint Green

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 2 - 3 teaspoons (2.3g) per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 180°F

Steep Time: 2 - 3 minutes

Review:

This tea has only a hint of raspberry, but it mingles with the vanilla and mint for a beautifully balanced cup of tea. It's not the type of blend I would have normally ordered for myself even though I love green tea, I'm just not a huge fan of raspberries unless they are fresh off the vine, but I really enjoyed this. The vanilla lends a somewhat creamy flavor, smoothing out the more tart notes of the raspberry and the mint sits on your tongue long after your cup of tea is gone. While I really enjoyed trying this tea hot, it truly excels as an iced tea and makes me look forward to the hot days of summer that are just around the corner.

My Rating: 80/100

Overall Box Rating: 79/100

Would I order this again? Yes. Neither of these teas were ones I would have normally ordered and I enjoyed them both. It was nice to break out of the box and discover something new.

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a free month of their new subscription service. As always, all opinions are my own.