I recently saw the Vita coconut water for sale at Costco with a discount of $5 off. Even though the final price of the 6L of Vitacoco water cost much less than the individual pack that I saw at Safeway/vons supermarket, I decided to by an individual tetrapak for Vitacoco, Naked Juice, Zico, Zola, One, and Nirvana (No C2O, Amy & Brian) . The test subjects were myself and my two nieces (6 & 11). They didn’t get to drink that much fresh coco water from a real coconut but I sure did; however, they results were similar. My two nieces held on tight to the 17.5oz can of Zola and loved it but said that it’s a bit sweet. The 6 years old said “yuck” after taking a sip of the Vita coconut water, the 11 yo frowned, and I liked it the least also. Why did Vita add vitamin C to their coco water? I’m glad that I spent $2.50 on a small tetrapak than $15 for 6L of Vita. We also agreed that ONE coco water tasted a lot like Vita but a bit better. Naked followed it. Zico was as bad as other reviewers complained on their review on Amazon.com about the plastic bottle compared to the tetrapak they had before. The last coconut water we had was the Nirvana. It went down really smooth and didn’t have any after taste like Zola and other coco water. IMO, I’ll always get Nirvana. If it’s not available, then Zola which is rather a good deal because it’s a 17.5oz or so for $2.50; but, I wouldn’t touch ONE, Naked, and Vita ever again.
I am glad that Safeway carries those 5 brands because I was able to do a taste test without buying junk that I don’t like and regret it. So, I you want to buy any of the coconut water, go to Safeway/Vons supermarket and buy a little bit of each like I did and test them for yourselves. Nirvana is my and my nieces # 1 choice and Zola is # 2 so far, yours might be different. So, experiment!