Friday, April 1, 2011

Coco Exposed

I'm not even really sure where to start on this one. My brief time with Coco Exposed was definitely one of the more "interesting" beverage experiences that I have had in the past few years. There is a lot going on in this drink, and none of it is particularly appetizing.

First of all, I should probably say that I didn't realize that this was coconut-based. I'm really not sure how I managed to miss the coconut on the front of the packaging, the words "pure coconut water" in the description, and the fact that it is called Coco Exposed, but...I did, somehow. If I had not contracted temporary coconut blindness, I probably never would have picked this one up. I don't really like coconut water, and this one really didn't help very much to change my mind. 

Coco Exposed is a beverage that consists of - get ready for this - coconut water, aloe vera, and wheatgrass. Now, there are plenty of beverages out there that combine many more flavors than that, but coconut, aloe vera, and wheatgrass are all very different and very strong. I bought this thinking that it was just an aloe vera beverage with wheatgrass, because I like aloe drinks a good bit, but there is just way too much going on in this bottle for the aloe to save it. The drink, frankly, tastes like it would be better suited as a delicious, toasty cake rather than being trapped in its current liquid form. It reminds me very much of the soft coconut macaroons that are commonly found on the dessert bar of most Chinese buffets. The chunks of aloe in the drink don't help either, as the beverage already tastes like it should be of a soft and spongy consistency and having pieces of another solid that is entirely different in every way mixed into the experience only furthers the already overwhelming sensory confusion. I could taste the wheatgrass, but it was kind of insignificant amidst the overpowering taste of the coconut, and seeing as I've never had wheatgrass before, I'm not sure if it added or subtracted from the experience. I think that I would advise all but the most curious or courageous of drinkers to really just avoid this one.

Verdict: Not Recommended

Purchased: World Market [Columbia, SC]
Size: 11.8 fl. oz.
Price: About $1.50

As an added note, you may want to be careful when searching for this online. Some of the results that I got back were, to put it politely, "not safe for work."


  1. Do a plain coconut water V Coco Exposed.
    There are four fruit flavours.
    If you're reviewing on taste, I'm suprised you didn't go for any of those four?
    Goji Berry & Lychee
    Mangosteen & Mango
    Passion Fruit & Pineapple
    Peach & Kiwi

    I couldn't disagree more, they taste like frangelico cocktails!

  2. I agree with anonymous, I am totally addicted to the goji flavor and the mango one too. Very delicious and good for my gut flora !

  3. Hmm...maybe I'll have to give the other flavors a try, then. The only one available at the time of purchase was the aloe wheatgrass. Thanks for the input! I'll be sure to keep my eye out for the goji-lychee flavor in the future.

  4. I actually like the wheat grass a lot! But I grew up drinking coconut juice/water and eating aloes.

  5. I like wheat grass drinks kinda, but this was my first alo and coconut drink experience. This tastes like buttery popcorn. I'm chucking and holding my nose. This is like the popcorn jelly belly bean (not a good combo).

  6. This drink tasted like movie theatre popcorn butter topping-- Hard to even "plug your nose" and chug it back because it was...chunky... ugh

  7. I really liked this drink. I have tried a few other coconut waters that tasted like dirty socks. Could be because I like wheatgrass though.

  8. I drank this after working out. I actually liked it enough to Google it.Not sure I'll by buying a gross of them, but I did like it - aloe beads and all.