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ISO - Coconut Water

I need a line on where to get good coconut water in a can. I know that the best comes out of a fresh young coconut but when I'm hungover, parched and still slightly drunk I think it's best I don't wield any large hacking implements.

Lots of Chinese and Latino markets have canned coconut water but everything I've scoped has added sugar and frequently those texturally frightening 'goya bits' of diced coconut flesh.

Any idea where pure, unadulterated coconut water can be found? I used to get a brand called Amy and Brian's Organic Coconut Water back east. If anyone knows where I could track that down I'd be mighty grateful.

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  1. i've seen packaged coconut water at whole foods in el segundo

    1. I recall seeing fresh coconuts with small holes already made (with saran film over them) sold at Whole Foods, you just grab a straw and are good to go. I know you said you were looking for the can, but the fresh tastes better.

      If you still want the cans, I've seen those too (without the sugar and bits) at Whole Foods, Follow Your Heart, and Full of Life.

      1. Gelson's carries plain coconut water in a box carton kind of thing. Nothing added.
        I like the fresh too, but I'm under the impression you want it waiting when you wake up?

        1. A vendor at the Sunday morning Mar Vista farmers market offers it in the coconut. This would lead me to consider other farmers markets. If you're able to make it down to a farmers market in your hungover state, a nice walk with some fresh morning air might do you some good as well.

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            Hollywood Farmer's Market has a similiar vendor.

            Whole Foods carries at least six brands of coconut water.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              There's a stand (in case you're near there) at Cedars-Sinai on 3rd and George Burns where they sell fruit and coconuts.

            2. Yeah, any Whole Foods will have several, usually including Amy and Brian's.

              1. I've seen Amy and Brian's at Whole Foods. Also at Whole Foods and most other markets, Vita coco makes a good one in a juice box type packaging.

                  1. re: Amuse Bouches

                    My neighbor happened to get a load of it at a thai market on Sunset in thai town. He doesn't care for the sugar either but found a slew of it without added sugar at one of the local thai markets.

                    1. re: kproq323

                      Thanks for the info. Any idea what the name of the market is? I try to avoid Whole Foods and Gelsons as neither is really in my tax bracket. I also would be most interested in buying in bulk.

                      1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                        The usual answers to that are Bangkok Market and Bangluck Market. You might try 99 Ranch, too (the larger ones have better selection), or Hawaii Supermarket in San Gabriel.

                  2. Check your local 99 Cents Only stores.

                    1. Just bought some in tall cans from 99Ranch in Irvine. Don't believe there was any added sugar or stuff. My guess is the other 99Ranch Markets have them too.

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                      1. re: EclecticEater

                        Sorry there was some sugar in them, not much but some. They also had tiny square chunks of coconut in them.

                      2. I usually get mine from whole foods because its usually cheaper but now they sell the single packs almost everywhere but for a little more. 7-11 and Ralphs carry it for about 1.99 each

                        1. Sometimes Mothers Market has it on sale for 99 cents.

                          1. Bob's market on Ocean Park in Santa Monica carries Zico brand coconut water. Comes in single serving carboard box containers. No sugar added.


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                            1. re: JimN

                              I think Bob's Market is one of the unheralded treasures of the Westside, honestly... their meat is always great.

                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                I agree! Their meat selection is pretty hard to beat. I love their homemade sausages. Great selection of prime beef, etc. They also have an awesome, fairly priced wine selection. I should also mention that their produce section is pretty darn good for a market of this size.