Cold Brew Using Coconut Water
Coconut water is:
- Rich in natural vitamins (especially the B vitamins), minerals, and trace elements (including zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, and manganese). ...
- Full of amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
- Rich source of electrolytes and natural salts, especially potassium and magnesium.
- Coconut water nutrition facts
Coconut water is actually the juice present inside the interior cavity or endosperm of young, tender coconut. Its water is one of the natureâ€™s most refreshing drinks, consumed worldwide for its nutritious and health benefiting properties.
The water is actually obtained by opening a tender, green, healthy, and undamaged coconut. Inside, it's clear liquid is sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones. In general, young and slightly immature coconuts gathered from the coconut tree after they reach about 5-7 months of age for the purpose of reaping its drink.
Botanically, coconut plant belongs to the Arecaceae family of palm trees, and has the scientific name: Cocos nucifera.
Each coconut may contain about 200 to 1000 ml of water depending upon cultivar type and size. Any nuts younger than five months of age tend to be bitter in taste and devoid of nutrients. In contrast, mature coconuts contain less water, and their endosperm thickens quickly into white edible meat (kernel). Coconut milk obtained from the meat, therefore, should not be confused with coconut water.
Coconut palm flourishes well under the costal tropical environments. A coconut tree may yield several hundreds of tender nuts each season. Different species of coconut palms are grown all over the tropics. Naturally, their taste and flavor of water show variations according to saline content in the soil, distance from seashore, climate, etc.
Health benefits of coconut water
Coconut water is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. Its liquid is packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish dehydration conditions inside the human body.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water found to have significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic (anti-clot formation) effects.
Coconut water has been generally offered to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace the fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and to reduce the need for hospitalisation. The osmolarity of tender coconut water is slightly greater than that of WHO recommended ORS (Oral Rehydration Therapy) solution. Presence of other biological constituents like amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fatty acids may account for this higher osmolarity. Nonetheless, unlike WHO-ORS, its water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. This well-balanced fluid composition, along with much-needed calories, would be an ideal drink instead of any other kind of soft drink beverages available in the markets to correct dehydration conditions.
Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.
- Despite being very light in consistency, its water proportionately has better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruit juices like oranges. (Compare the mineral composition of oranges).
Its liquid is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Coconut water carries a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).
- Further, fresh coconut water has a small amount of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid); It provides about 2.4 mg or 4% of RDA. Vitamin C is a water-soluble ant-oxidant.
I started out with the idea that the cold brew method might work better with
some probiotics or enzymes added to the water to help break down the coffee over many
hours, and possibly produce strong and flavorful cold brew coffee.
At first I thought of using kefir, pineapple juice (bromelaine) or papaya juice (papain)
for their obviously strong enzymatic properties, but realized immediately
that this would produce coffee which was far too acidic (bitter).
So I checked to see if coconut water might have similar enzymatic properties.
This part especially interested me:
'Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes
such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc.
In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.'
I tried cold brewing using coconut water instead of water, and did it ever work nicely.
Coconut Coffee Recipe
- Start in the morning and fill a glass coffee pot with unsweetened organic coconut water.
- Add a few scoops of ground coffee, according to how strong you want your coffee to be.
- Light roast is best if you want less bitterness.
- Mix it well and leave the pot on the counter top for a few hours.
- In the evening you can put the pot in the fridge for the night.
- The next morning you can heat to drinking temperature (do not boil it).
- Add to it what you like.
- In the summertime, you can have it cold and add ice.
- The enzymatic activity of the coconut water produces strong coffee with no bitterness.
- Easily enjoyed black .
If you want to cheat like this on your bulletproof coffee by including the natural sugars
of the coconut water, then use this cold brew for your bulletproof coffee once in awhile.
It will probably throw your ketosis right out of whack , so what the heck, add some
coconut milk and coconut oil for a desert coffee.
- If you are feeling really evil, try my 'Ballistic Coconut' variation & add whipping cream and stevia hot, or coconut icecream in summertime,