Review: Zico Coconut Water

“Nature’s sports drink,” they call it: Spiked with natural electrolytes, tons of potassium, no fat or added sugar, it’s the water of the coconut, familiar to most of us only as it regards the consumption of the occasional beachside piña colada.

Zico aims to get thirsty athletes and yoga enthusiasts drinking more of the stuff, by dropping the juice into aseptic, single-serve packages that are, if nothing else, more convenient than cracking open an actual coconut for the liquid within.

Zico comes in a straight coconut version and two flavored editions, one passion fruit with orange peel and one mango.

How does one evaluate Zico? Put simply, if you like coconut water you’ll love Zico: The unadulterated Zico is quite sweet and redolent of coconut flavor. The aroma, however, is a little funky, as all coconut water tends to be, that kind of musty note that some will find difficult to get past. The mango and passion fruit + orange peel versions are, surprisingly, not as sweet as the standard version, but I enjoyed the passion fruit one the most, which was richer in fruit flavor than the mango and did a pretty good job of balancing everything asked of it.

Mind the shelf life if you buy a case: It expires relatively quickly.

B- / $24 for twelve 11-oz. units / zico.com or buy it from Amazon

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37 Responses

  1. teresa October 3, 2009 / 6:08 am

    would it be a good idea to invest in this company in anticipation of a larger company buying them?

  2. teresa October 3, 2009 / 6:08 am

    didnt leave the name of the product…zico

  3. mohit bende December 24, 2009 / 1:41 am

    haeh itzz a grt research 4 peoplee dose hw r ill

  4. Elena March 20, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    It is a Coca-Cola product at this time. I have no idea when they were aquired, but it’s happened already.

  5. Gerrie April 19, 2010 / 9:07 am

    I would have to disagree, I think Vita Coco tastes a lot better than Zico. One of my biggest problems with Zico is that it is owned by Coke. Vita Coco was approached by both Coke and Pepsi and refused to buckle underneath the soft drink giants and chose to remain a private company. I would rather purchase a drink that not only tastes better, but is more of a family company. Team Vita Coco!

  6. Arnold May 5, 2010 / 10:31 am

    I recently tried Zico and I was not at all impressed. If I had to choose the best coconut water on the market, I would have to say that Vita Coco hands down is the best. And it does wonders for my hangovers :)

  7. Arnold June 1, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    I wouldn’t buy this product. Ever since Zico was bought by PEPSICO and put into those new plastic bottles it has been TERRIBLE. Not to mention the new formula is from concentrate. I much prefer Vita Coco.

  8. Arnold June 1, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    I apologize, Zico was bought by Coca-Cola, not Pepsico, but it still is not worth it

  9. Lolita June 18, 2010 / 9:20 am

    Vita Coco is way better than Zico. I agree with Arnold, Coca-cola ruined Zico. Coco is where it’s at! Has the best tastes and flavors, hands down.

  10. Sarah June 23, 2010 / 11:55 am

    Coca-Cola is the reason why there is no way Zico can be called NATURAL.

    liars.

  11. KRow June 25, 2010 / 11:18 am

    Zico is fake coconut water. Get vita coco. Way better.

  12. Ethan June 28, 2010 / 8:42 am

    Vita Coco is better, hands down. it is all natural (unlike Zico who associates itself with Coca-Cola).

  13. Jenny Kim July 1, 2010 / 1:20 pm

    I love Vita Coco! It’s seriously the cure to everything- hangovers, cramps, dehydration, stomach aches, tiredness, you name it- Vita Coco will do the trick!

  14. Bob Shaffer July 6, 2010 / 8:24 pm

    Zico is HORRIBLE NOW! COKE DESTROYED IT! Plastic bottles and from some nasty concentrate. Buy ONE or Vita coco or any other brand of natural coconut water. Not some dried up shit, packaged, processed and re -constitued with tap water. DAMN YOU ZIIIIICOOOOOOO!

  15. Ryan July 9, 2010 / 10:35 am

    Vita Coco is perfect for workouts and hot days. I love the taste and mix it with other juices or blend it with protein shakes.

  16. steve July 12, 2010 / 11:18 am

    The two new flavors: Lima and Pomberry taste great too!

  17. JessG July 16, 2010 / 7:56 am

    I really don’t like Zico. It has a horrible after-taste!
    Vita Coco is my personal fav coconut water drink, especially the pineapple flavor.

  18. katrin g. July 16, 2010 / 11:44 am

    I disagree that zico is the best.. Vita coco is by far the best brand and has the best flavors. Try it frozen as a sorbet and its AMAZING

  19. Angie July 28, 2010 / 1:17 pm

    Ugh Zico tastes awful! The best tasting coconut water is definitely Vita Coco, it’s all natural so it should be people’s first choice anyways

  20. Jainey August 5, 2010 / 7:49 am

    I agree Zico has a metalicy taste to it. Vita Coco is so delicious and nutritious! It’s so refreshing especially after a hard workout and has more potassium than a banana which is great to break up the lactic acid after a workout!

  21. Rusty August 31, 2010 / 4:47 pm

    ZICO is not good! While Vita Coco tastes better than ZICO, the best coconut water that I’ve found is ISO-5, made by Dr. Tim’s Exotic Juices.

  22. Jenny September 9, 2010 / 7:44 am

    I have to agree with Jainey, Zico has a metalicy bottle like taste to it that I just can’t get used to. I much prefer Vita Coco, I think the container its sold in helps keep the taste fresh and natural. Vita is AMAZING!

  23. shelby September 10, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    Zico tastes like plastic, not to mention its made from concentrate unlike Vita Coco. I highly recommend Vita Coco to anyone whose even remotely interested in being healthy and feeling amazing.

  24. Craig September 13, 2010 / 2:50 pm

    I’m not sure how anyone can drink anything but Vita Coco. It has such a natural and fresh taste compared to all the other stuff out there. The fact that it’s 100% natural really sold me with this product.

  25. Ron September 13, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    I’ve tried both Vita Coco and Zico, and would absolutely chose Vita Coco over Zico anyday. Zico has an unpleasant mineral-like taste, and Vita Coco is always smooth and fresh.

  26. Tommy September 14, 2010 / 12:24 pm

    I totally agree with you guys that Vita coco is better not only in comparison to Zico but also in comparison to O.N.E. the fact that it has so many different flavors really got my attention. It being healthy and acting as a an anti- agent is just a bonus.

  27. Craig September 22, 2010 / 8:29 am

    I’ve tried almost all brands of coconut water that are one the market (I’m addicted to the stuff) and my favorite is Vita Coco. I think it tastes the most like “real” straight out of the coconut coconut water. It also comes in tons of flavors that I love!

  28. Carolina September 22, 2010 / 9:28 am

    The other day i was at work and everyone was talking about VITA COCO. Since i am not really a fan of coconut water i had no idea what it was and when i asked “what is Vita Coco?” everyone jumped down my throat like i asked what pepsi was. My gosh why is the whole world talking about vita coco?

  29. Patrick September 22, 2010 / 11:41 am

    Huge fan – drinking it while working out and lifting these days. My girlfriend also likes it – but apparently she uses it to mix with alcohol when going out with her friends cuz it doesn’t have many calories. We might use it for different reasons, but we both like it!

  30. Molly September 27, 2010 / 9:01 am

    Woah mixing it with alcohol is a great idea, I bet it helps ease the hangover the next day haha. I love Vita, def the way to hydrate after a night out.

  31. Jolie September 28, 2010 / 10:06 am

    Vita Coco is a multi purpose beverage! Its works as in energizer and can replaced with caffeine, juice, sodas and other sports drinks for a healthier lifestyle. Of course like molly mentioned its great when mixed with alcohol, specially Rum. Yummy! cant wait for happy hour today!

  32. Ethan D January 16, 2011 / 2:25 am

    IT GAVE ME THE SHITS!

  33. Stephanie January 16, 2011 / 11:44 pm

    Holy moly! I’m new to Zico and have LOVED it! Tho… apparently I’m missing out on something. Thanks for all your input.

  34. Hugytown December 11, 2011 / 2:55 am

    Horrible. Fake coco juice. Please, retire from market.

  35. Jim April 20, 2015 / 1:18 am

    Looks like a bunch of Zita Coco employes got in this site to promote their own product. Tell me it ain’t so.

  36. Jim April 20, 2015 / 1:27 am

    You guys think Zita is a mom and pop company, take a look at this:

    Another fascinating fact VitaCoco never discloses on the website or products: a major investment by a private equity fund of Anheuser-Busch founding families, and a powerful 2010 distribution deal with the Dr. Pepper-Snapple group (Source – Crains New York).

    VitaCoco may camouflage its corporate connections in the look and lingo of small business coziness, but make no mistake: Vitacoco and other coconut water products are backed by U.S. industrial food corporations and Wall Street bankers.

    How does that grab your coconuts?

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