A few weeks or so ago, I was fortunate to given the opportunity to try some products for review / feedback from a Coconut produce brand I hadn’t come across before called Cocofina.
Cocofina was founded in 2005 on a beach in Brazil where the founder of the brand Jacob was sipping on a young green coconut. He was racking his brains on a plan to escape the corporate world he found himself currently in but fortunately for him, the answer was in his hands and took him 5 minutes too long to realise it!
If you too are curious to know why the name of the brand is called ‘Cocofina’, it literally means ‘fine coconut water’.
I shall now share with you my thoughts on the products kindly sent to me.
Cocofina Organic Coconut Flower Nectar
This has been specifically made an alternative to sugar. It is:
- Made with Organic Ingredients
- Has a low GI score of 35
I had never come across Coconut Nectar before amongst the plethora of Coconut products so was very intrigued to say the least and learnt the flower nectar is extracted from the sap of the flower buds.
On doing some research I found this food was a favourite of Gandhi with him saying;
“The juice of the coconut tree can be transformed into a sugar as soft as honey…It is a way to solve the world’s poverty. It is also an antidote against misery.”
Now I was even more interested, the viscosity of the Nectar looked similar to Honey, so I took some Honey out of the cupboard to compare the taste and was surprised in learning it was quite similar in taste also, the Nectar being less bold in flavour with quite a mild sweetness.
I used it in place of sugar in a ready made flapjack mix I received from Cathy’s Spelt for Health, a company which endorses the use of ancient Spelt flour and can also be used as a replacement for sugar or sweeteners in hot or cold beverages, cooking or spreading.
Cocofina Cold Pressed Raw Coconut Oil
I also used the Coconut Oil in place of Butter for the mix, the results were wonderful, the sweetness of the flapjacks were different to usual flapjacks but just as scrumptious, they were a bit more brittle than usual but that was to be expected with the Coconut Oil replacing Butter, both being at different states at room temperature.
I see why Gandhi thought so highly of this food now, I have used some in my tea, straight from the spoon and plan to continue using it for the foreseeable future.
Cocofina Pure Coconut Water
Next up is their Coconut Water, I’ll cut to the chase and say now that the Coconut Water from Cocofina is the best I have tasted to date and I have tried most offerings in the marketplace.
I left it on the kitchen counter for a few days instead of storing it as recommended in the fridge. This wasn’t a problem, the water tasted as fresh as straight from the Coconut.
One difference between Coconut waters I have noticed is the slight variability in the thickness of the liquid, Cocofina’s was extremely light and the taste was just as delicate, not as bitter as some waters I have tasted.
I wasn’t really expecting much difference when I tried Cocofina’s Coconut water but I came away with a new favourite for sure!
Cocofina Organic Coconut & Date Bar
Dates are a common ingredient in many low calorie and health bars so I kinda had an idea of what to expect with this bar up to a point.
The bar was exquisitely moist and the taste of Coconut sat naturally with it’s companion the Date. I just wished I had received more of these bars.
Cocofina has gone straight into my top 10 healthy alternative brands I have had the pleasure of trying thus far, and would highly recommend their products to fellow health conscious individuals as well as those wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle.
I am thoroughly impressed with the brand as a whole . I wasn’t expecting their coconut water to steal my heart *and pallet* but it did and I have come away with a new favourite.
As the saying goes ‘you won’t know until you have tried it’.
For those wanting to know more about the brand, including individual prices and where to buy the products from, Cocofina can be found online by visiting the Cocofina website, Cocofina Facebook or by simply following them on Twitter