|A child with a taste for coconut water|
“I couldn’t get the car window opened fast enough to throw it out.” That’s how my sister remembers her first encounter with coconut water. Me, I absolutely adore the stuff.
Apparently, we are not alone; there are 2 camps when it comes to the taste of coconut water’s flavor.
There are people, like me who savor the flavor, an aromatic sweet blend that seem to taste of wood, sea water and minerals.
There are people like my sister who cannot stand the taste of coconut water.
RECENT TWEETS ABOUT COCONUT WATER'S TASTE
And I couldn't help but notice that both types are on Twitter, so here's an online sample of tweets I collected one afternoon recently:
“We’re still pretending coconut water still tastes nice? OK”
“Coconut water … deliciously healthy beverage.”
“Coconut water is the most disgusting tasting drink in the world”
“Coconut water tastes awful”
“I’ll never understand how people don’t like coconut water”
“Coconut water is just regular water that is absolutely disgusting”
“I love coconut water”
“Blunts and coconut water”
“Coconut water, like regular water, except disgusting and pretentious”
“Coconut Water has to be what dragon piss tastes like, right?”
Whenever I sample Twitter, the haters are usually winning by a slight margin.
It's not like this between Coke and Pepsi lovers.
WHY PEOPLE EITHER HATE OR LOVE COCONUT WATER'S TASTE
What’s really going on here? Here’s what I speculate:
- Some coconut harvests will be better flavored than others due to growing conditions. Maybe some of the haters got their 1st taste from a bad harvest.
- Storage or warehousing conditions may adversely affect the taste of a manufacturer’s product differently at various times. So, a 1st time drinker won't be impressed if his/her brand was stored, say, in a hot warehouse for a long time.
- The palm seed’s country of origin affects the taste. In fact, Thai coconut water does taste different than Brazilian coconut water.
- Some manufacturers use concentrate; others never use concentrate. Also, nothing beats fresh coconut water drank straight from the green palm seed, it's sweeter.
- Coconut water packaging or bottling types may affect the taste.
- Many brands of coconut water with additives, like preservatives, seem to taste off.
- Coconut water is an acquired taste.
- Coconut water is a genetically-controlled taste that you love or hate naturally.