When I was in LA, my hostess was guzzling coconut water like it was regular water and it gave me a hankering to go out and buy a few bottles. Fortunately, Harmless Harvest sent me a couple of vouchers so I could pick some up at my local grocery store.
I've tried coconut water before, but I didn't have a great experience. The liquid seemed milky and had a sour aftertaste. But when a fellow Ethical Writers Coalition member suggested she would kill for Harmless Harvest, I figured it was too good not to sample.
Every bottle boasts the Fair for Life certification logo and the brand employs a Constructive Capitalism approach that benefits all people through the supply chain:
This model values and respects each person and community contributing to the creation and purchase of a product. It is understood that all stakeholders should benefit from Harmless Harvest, whether it be the plants at the source, the customer at the store, or any step in between.In addition, the bottles are made of BPA-free plastic, the coconut water 100% certified organic, and the process free of heating methods that contribute to that sour taste I took issue with in another brand.
So, what do I think?
I love it! A little bit sweet, smooth, extremely drinkable. I drank a bottle of it while I was editing these photos and I keep looking down at my glass to see if there's any more. Though I received a voucher for my bottles, the retail price at the local Giant was $3.29 for a small bottle. A bit pricey for an everyday beverage, but nice if you need a nourishing pick-me-up in the middle of the day.
You may be asking, "why is it pink?" According to Harmless Harvest, coconut water contains antioxidants like polyphenols that naturally vary in amount across coconuts. Some of these antioxidants are light sensitive, and turn pink over time. I always like a good science lesson and the color is quite pretty.
It should be noted that Harmless Harvest coconut water is most likely located in the refrigerated section of the natural foods aisle at your local store. I ended up taking a tour of the store before I thought to check there.
Harmless Harvest also provided vouchers to try their new coffee flavor, but my local store doesn't carry it.