- Pack of twelve, 14-ounce bottles of ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water–Natural
- Blended with fresh Thai and Indonesian coconuts for a naturally better balance of potassium and sodium electrolytes to optimize post-workout hydration
- Only 60 calories per bottle with 30% less sugar than other leading coconut waters and 20% less sugar and calories than leading chocolate milks
- Zero fat, zero added sugar, and zero cholesterol
- Comes in a re-sealable bottle that is made with 30% recycled materials and that is recyclable everywhere
Bummer: My fave packaged coconut water is RUINED!
~I’ve been drinking Zico for a couple years, getting my fix via amazon subscription. I and my sisters loved this stuff so much, I used to regularly order my shipments EARLY, and multiple cases at that.
Well, that’s it. They have officially lost me as a customer. After waiting impatiently for them to be back in stock in the natural (I hate the flavored ones), I just got the three cases I ordered.
Oh, my goodness. I have three cases of this horror! I can’t drink this!
I don’t know why they had to mess with a successful and deliciously refreshing beverage. I grew up drinking fresh coconut water (my family hails from the Caribbean), so I am well accustomed to the natural and subtle yumminess of coconut water. A chilled Zico used to be as close as I could get to the treat that is sipping from a straw right out of the chilled coconut that’s had it’s top sliced open for you on the spot (and it gets harder to find that in Metro Miami, but you still can).
Now, it’s not fit to drink. It smells funny. It tastes strange. The best I can describe it is that it reminds me of a watered-down version of the remainder-milk at the bottom of a bowl of Corn Pops when I was a kid–less sweet, more watery, but like that, with a chemically edge and a stale smell.
How messed up is this?
I can’t believe someone gave this bottled version 5 stars! That’s crazy. The OLD Zico deserved 5 stars. Not this. I hope those yoga places stop carrying it and tell Zico to bring back the fresh stuff. This sucks. I guess I better start mixing up these 35 bottles of zombie Zico with pomegranate juice or Acai Splash or something to cover up the taste and still benefit from the electrolytes. Hm. I suspect there will be an upswing in sales for O.N.E. and VitaCoco and other brands in the old packaging. I’ve tried both of those (still have some ONE in the fridge from my order while I waited for Zico). Both were inferior to Old Zico. Both are preferable to New Zico.
And someone please hand the president of Zico a bottle of this and ask hm if he REALLY thinks this is the taste of the stuff that made so many rabid fans, like I USED TO BE: past tense.
Hey, Mr. Zico CEO, give me back my money!!!! You sold me rubbish!
Okay, I ranted and got that off my chest. I do think having a recyclable bottle is great. The bottle feels good in the hand and makes it easy to add flavorings for those who prefer that. Easier to carry around. And I strongly suspect that those who are new to coconut water won’t realize this has declined in flavor, so it’s possible it can sell huge among the new initiates to the health benefits of coconut water.
But I still miss old Zico.
Note: I’m updating cause I found if I let the bottle sit with the cap off or pour out into a glass, the funny smell dissipates and it’s more drinkable. HTH.
Update: Found a great replacement. Ordered Organic coconut water from amazon, brand Nature Factor. It’s lovely. Lovely! So, at least I’ve found a happy replacement. Worth a try for those on the lookout for another tasty coconut water now that Zico sucks. Addendum: Found out that this brand uses very high heat to pasteurize and it may be nutrient compromised. If you mostly care about flavor, this one is great. If you are concerned about high heat, prolonged pasteurization, skip this one. HTH.
2nd Update: I received a reply to an email I sent to Zico via their website. I was told that new Zico in the bottle tastes “just like” young Thai coconut water. That it’s different from Brazilian c.w. and so takes getting used to. Hm. Well, I’ve had unprocessed/raw young Thai coconut water. I don’t recall it making me wanna spit it out. 🙂 Just sayin’.
3rd Update: Saw a couple online taste tests that gave props to Amy & Brian, also available here on amazon, so will be trying that, too, now that I’m coconut water peregrinating. Might be worth a shot to google up coconut water taste tests and see what might suit you if you aren’t anti-can. ADDENDUM: Tried it, loved the first batch in the 17.5 oz cans. I emailed the company and it’s just CW (not from concentrate) and it’s FLASH Pasteurized, so the nutrient count should be comparable to other coconut waters in the tetra paks (though A&B will likely show a higher carb/calorie count due to its sweetness). If you’re carb-counting, you may wanna compare. If your main concern is “natural” and tasty-sweet, then consider Amy & Brian’s. Really nice. Warning: Ordered a second batch in the 10 oz cans, and it tasted odd. Candy-sweet, like candy that melted in water. So, I can no longer recommend this brand due to flavor inconsistencies on that scale. Pity, as my first order was AMAZING. boohoo
4th Update: Old Zico from Brazilian coconuts will be back in September. If you liked old Zico, WAIT, don’t buy this one. Also, in a letter from the Zico Sales Director to a reviewer here (see discussion for details), the Zico rep said they’d increased sodium in this bottled Asian CW Zico to “optimize” hydration benefits. So, it’s not just that it’s from concentrate, it’s “optimized” to make it saltier. By optimized, I don’t mean they ADDED sodium, but used a mix of coconuts to “optimize.” (Note: I know this cause the sales manager of Zico, Sherif P. Bates, replied to a discussion with a clarification, and this comment was posted under his own review post here. See discussion of comments under “Todd O’Connor”. ) I don’t know about y’all, but part of the reason why I like CW is that it’s great to keep highish blood pressure normal due to its high Potassium. I do not need–and most Americans don’t need–more sodium in their beverages or food. Maybe elite athletes sweating up a storm do, but not the rest of us who just exercise moderately (or not at all). So, there you go: New Zico. More sodium, less flavor.
Note about reviews: Do check the reviewer’s profile. If a reviewer is five-star (or four-star, even) raving about this product and has only reviews for Zico products and has no verified amazon purchase, find a grain of salt to toy with. That’s no guarantee, naturally, but sometimes is a clue to…well, you can guess. (Note: See comments under the review by “Todd O’Connor” and under Alio “Alio”s review for an explanation of how I learned about ONE fake review and Alio “Alio” confirming the fake identity.)
My favorite one so far…
I also like O.N.E. coconut water – the flavored ones are good, the plain natural flavor is still my best from them.
I also like Zico in Passion Fruit & I also like the natural Zico in the tetra pak.
No, I don’t work for Zico!
Price is absurd.
This may not register to some with no concept of themselves being ripped off. There are other things out there that are better quality and less expensive and more specific for what you are looking for. If your look for something to quench thirst I highly recommend Metromint water. If your looking for things for your natural lifestyle then find a fruit with more umph than coconut.
With the bottle now, it’s what I’ve been waiting for. I LOVE IT!!! It’s amazing to just chug it cold after a hard work out, and you know it’s packed with natural electrolytes, potassium, and so much more. Great for your skin and internal system. Overall it’s just an amazing beverage. I can’t stop raving about it to all my friends, family, and fellow athletes. Currently, I’m training for an aquathon, and I don’t know how I did it before. But there’s no going back now.
My other favorite in the bottle is Lima Citron. It’s so tasty. It just brings me back to my childhood since the smell reminds me of Fruit Loops! And it taste just as yummy, but sooo much better for you.
Look I’ll be honest. The bottle isn’t tetra, and it’s not meant to be. Tetra is great in it’s own right, but this new line has proposed another fabulous alternative to all those who love coconut water but needed more versility with the on-go lifestyle. So credit is due for that.
I’m super stoked that ZICO gave us consumers two options: tetra and bottle. And I’m going to enjoy both fully!! It’s just wonderful to switch up the flavors. Somedays I’ll have Natural others Mango. When I’m training, it’ll be the bottle. At the office, it’ll be the tetra. Any way you look at it, ZICO is helping me be healthier whether it’s in the bottle or tetra. It’s just a personal preference at this point. So try it and be your own judge.
Besides when I found out that the bottle is actually more environmentally friendly, I was happily surprised. Tetra isn’t recylced by many plants nationally. 30% of the bottle is made from recylced materials and is 100% recylcable(including the cap – unlike water bottles). Personally, this is important to me.
And I agree with the other reviewers with regards to the concentrate and the decrease of their carbon foot print. It’s true and relevant.
ZICO, thank you for the amazing products you continue to give to us, and most importantly thank you for promoting a healthier, more hydrated lifestyle in a fabulously tasty way via bottle or tetra. Here’s to you in breaking the mold and trying to help more people with your new bottle while still keeping tetra for those who’ve become so loyal. Hat’s off!!! You’ve now acquired another fan for life!!!
P.S. ZICO is still amazing.
from concentrate! tastes horrible! yuck!
I took a sip and as fast as the liquid entered my mouth, it also left the other way! Yuck! It tastes like really sugary old coconuts. I then looked at the ingredients and see “premium coconut water from concentrate, natural flavors.”
I just don’t get it: Why would they go from using fresh coconut water in their box version to concentrated coconut water in this not very environmental friendly plastic bottle–and charge more for it!? Am I missing something?
The taste is horrible and I really wish they would go back to their original formulation. There are enough pure coconut water products like vita coco, one, on the market, so why settle for something from concentrate, pay more for it, and hurt the planet with more plastic?
People consider this refreshing?
Amazon was kind enough to refund me the cost of this order. Lesson to be learned: try to find a sample of a product before you buy a case of it.
Coconut water is coconut water, chocolate is chocolate.
I threw rest of the bottle and kept my distance from this drink.
Agreed that Zico coconut water is not the best coconut water but it is close enough to enjoy without any other ingredient in it and definitely not chocolate.
ZICO-FINALLY IT WON’T SPILL
I hate coconuts, but I love this!
I love the new bottle Zico has come out with, it makes drinking and cooling Zico so much easier. The Lime and Pomberry additions are amazing! The bottles make traveling with it easier, and now, I don’t have to drink in one sitting.
Best time to drink a Zico though is after a hard night of partying. I don’t know what it is, but after a night of drinking, I always reach for a Zico and the next morning, its as if nothing happened the night before. I’m a firm believer in the natural remedies of coconuts now, post workout, post drinking, post anything where you exert energy. I still won’t eat a real coconut, but I will drink a Zico. I’ve tried the other brands out there and cannot stomach it, but for some reason, love Zico.
Best coconut water I’ve ever had
its really good for you…
Weird salty/sour flavor
First of all, this drink has a strange salty flavor. Secondly, it’s not sweet. It SMELLS sweet and pineapple-y, but the flavors just don’t coordinate with each other and don’t match the smell.
This is coconut “water” not “juice”.
Absolutely loving this!!
The concentrate does not bother me at all, as after doing some research online, my negative opinion of the term has completely been changed. It doesn’t mean that it’s not natural or that anything is added – it simply means that they have taken the water out and shipped over just the goodness (which by the way, is WAY more environmentally friendly than shipping water across the world!!) and added back the water through reverse osmosis. Hey, if you’re a POM or Sambazon fan – then you know that they are from concentrate too!
The flavors are super yummy too! I’m in love with the Pomberry. Another thumbs up about the bottle? It’s 100% recyclable!! YUP! 100% – including the cap! There aren’t too many products out there where you can recylce the cap. Also, it’s made from number 2 plastic which means that it’s made from recylced materials. I used to find it hard to recylce the carton packaging, as not many facilities knew how to recycle it since it’s made from so many different materials.
Two thumbs up on the new packaging and the new taste profile!! Now only if they came out with more flavors…
I saw the ad and just want to stop by to share you guys about my experience.
I am just amazed how pricey coconut water could be.
In Thailand, you can buy fresh coconut with water inside for $ 1-2 only !!
However, I admit that the packaging looks attractive and makes the product valuable
New bottle/formula tastes plastic-y
I heart this stuff_and it HAS to be ZICO.
Hydration and Nutrition – working as a dive instructor in the Gulf of Thailand, often times travelers would show up in not so fresh of a state from the night before. My go-to was always to make them drink coconut water. Natural electrolytes!
Refreshment and Taste – not only is this stuff good for you, it tastes awesome. Feels like water and tastes like fresh sweetness but without that gross syrupy fake flavor.
With so many brands out there trying to sell me the magic water in the bottle, it’s hard to figure out which company is the real deal. I like ZICO for one main reason:
– 100% natural COCONUT WATER. That’s it. Some other brands out there are actually “coconut juice” and contain sugar, preservatives and even stuff like sodium metabisulfite…huh? I have a bottle from another company and it’s been in my fridge for like weeks.
ZICO’s ingredient: 100% coconut water. 🙂 Nice job ZICO.
And I like the packaging. The blue with beach picture reminds me of far off places while sitting in my office.
Read the label
Just this reader’s opinion.
new zico bottles are FANTASTIC!
Cheapest for a reason
Zico, however, is form concentrate. Calling their product ‘Pure Premium’ seems very misleading when other products are actually pure and this one has been modified. If you’re being frugal, this product works fine, but personally, I’d spare the extra few bucks and go with Vita Coco or One.
Finally!! Zico is my Hero! =)
If you haven’t tried coconut water before start with Zico, it tastes like the real deal.
I’ve been trying to cut out refined sugar but drinking water only got boring and didn’t do the trick after hard workouts and runs. I did some research and learned a few of the many benefits of coconut water– tons of electrolytes, potassium, low acidity, etc. and Zico is hands down my favorite. Its really refreshing and more hydrating than Gatorade (which my kids even my kids have abandoned for Zico!) I’ve tried some other brands but Zico blows them out of the water, literally!
I’ve told all of my spinning students about it and they agree that Zico is the best one out there because of its great taste and now its even better because its in a bottle! We try to recycle as much as we can but Ohio doesn’t have centers that can take the old packaging but luckily the new Zico bottle is made from a #2 plastic – which is the same as the milk jugs you can recycle anywhere.
I love Zico!!!!
Vita Coco is horrible! Zico Coconut water is AMAZING and is far better than Vito Coco!
now made from Concentrate, “natural flavor” added..yuk!
Can’t wait to try the other flavors!!
one of the best and healthy coconut water on earth
This is not good
Now dont get me wrong Zito had a great idea on being able to take the drink to the gym or
biking, but I much prefer the new Vita Coco new screw top, they have much better flavors
ONE is pretty good but not as good as Vita coco and this one is about as good as those
cans which are terrible.