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Supplier Stories: Harmless Harvest

 

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Three to six minutes. That’s the astoundingly short amount of time that passes between cutting open a fresh, organic coconut and bottling Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water.

"We work with small-scale community farmers in Thailand to source our freshly ‘squeezed,' raw, organic coconut water. It is never heated or cooked,” says Justin Guilbert, who co-founded Harmless Harvest with Douglas Riboud.

The entrepreneurs share a desire to show the world that it’s possible to build a successful business with large-scale production that also supports small, rural communities and preserves natural wilderness areas.

"We are proving that you can source and distribute food from small, traditional, rural communities while respecting their land,” Justin says.

Justin and Douglas collaborated with farmers, academics and scientists to come up with a way to preserve raw coconut water without the use of heat while also giving the product a long enough shelf life to deliver it safely to refrigerators on the other side of the world. What they came up with is a pioneering high-pressure process that had already been used for deli meats, but never for beverages.

Not only has Harmless Harvest succeeded in capturing the coconuts’ true, pure, tropical flavor, they’re also making an impact on communities living at the source. Rather than farming the coconuts with modern, industrial agriculture methods, these communities harvest coconuts that grow in the wild or traditionally managed areas. Each coconut is carefully clipped from the tree by hand.

“We provide a livelihood for thousands of individuals,” Douglas explains. “And when a consumer buys our product, they are actually safekeeping about 75 different agroforestry areas — a mix of groves, wilderness areas, permaculture areas and other rural land.”

Have you tried Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water yet? Share what you love about it!

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Rev. Cherie' says …

This is the only nutrient rich/living/ coconut water. I live in Corpus Christi... where can I buy it? It is no longer on Amazon? Will it be on Amazon again soon?? Please let me know... I would like to purchase it on a regular basis.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ REV. CHERIE - Thanks for your question. I cannot speak to when they will be offering this for sale on Amazon, but I can let you know of a store that ships products for a backup option! You can reach out to our Concierge desk in Austin at 512-542-2243 and as long as they have these in stock, they are happy to ship these for you!

Amber says …

I was thinking about replacing regular water with coconut, since there's so many chemicals ect, and was wondering if it would or wouldn't be a good idea to completely substitute it for regular water? I read somewhere the calories add up quick and was also wondering if it would flush the body like water does? (:

Numan Salam says …

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR PRODUCT--RAW COCONUT WATER--IT IS THE BEST AND MOST NATURAL COCONUT WATER I HAVE EVER TASTED!!! IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN ORDER IN BULK??

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NUMAN - Our stores should be able to special order this for you in a case quantity, typically 12-24 bottles. Many stores even offer a 10% discount for ordering in bulk! Check with your local store for details.

Lisa says …

I recently discovered Harmless Harvest coconut water and it is the only product of it's kind available. (in the world, I believe). I had my husband try it, and then try an actual young thai coconut that we cut open. He had never tasted raw coconut water. He was as amazed as I am that this bottled product from Thailand could possibly taste almost like a freshly opened coconut. Thank you, thank you thank you! Now we are spoiled! I only wish I could order it by the case delivered to my door in Santa Monica. You guys rock! Lisa Ghuman

Mark says …

Love your product. This is the best tasting coconut water out there. The only problem is it flies off the shelf at Whole Foods and I would love to buy it by the case, but it is never around long enough.

Irina says …

I'm not the biggest fan of coconut water, but this is the only brand I'll drink! Tastes like a fresh coconut from Brasil!

Benjamin Ko says …

I hated coconut water until I discovered your brand :) Now I buy them by case and drink after daily workout! Thank you for making a great product and awesome business practice!! Ben from Cupertino, CA

roberta says …

this is the most fast-acting hangover cure on the planet in addition to being beautifully packaged, ethically sourced, and savvily produced. Thanks for being so awesome! Please start carrying the large (16oz) bottle in the RI wholefoods!

powerpack says …

I am interested on being an entrepreneur for coconut products especially for coconut water. I come from Mindanao , Philippines where coconut is vastly available. The problem of preserving the coco water for a longer shelf life is the main hindrance why most of our farmers just throw the water away. Your reply is highly appreciated.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@POWERPACK - Since we do not manufacture this product, I would suggest reaching out to a vendor that makes coconut water, such as Harmless Harvest. Good luck!

ZM says …

From someone who grew up in south india, this taste like coconut water just picked from the tree... I love it.....

JoAnn McKeown says …

I live in Victoria, B.C. Canada and would like to try this product. Is there a store here where I can purchase it? If not, how can I get some. Thank you for your help. JoAnn

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOANN - We have a few stores located in Vancouer, B.C.which will be the closest stores to Victoria. You can find the contact info for these locations at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list/canada if you want to see if they carry this product. Otherwise, I would suggest reaching out to the vendor to see if they sell the product closer to your city as we do not currently ship products internationally.

Dave says …

Superior in taste to any other coconut water I have ever tried. It really does taste like it is straight from the coconut.

Marijke Schellenbach says …

I just got my first bottle of the raw coconut water at Whole Foods and wish I would have bought a couple of cases!! This is going to be my "go to" drink, because it is utterly delicious. Too bad I live 1 1/2 hours from a Whole Foods store and so wish I could find this locally. I will be telling everybody I know about this so that perhaps this will become so popular that it will be easy to find everywhere. Keep up the great work!

daw hutson says …

Where to buy in pinellas county, fl. or online?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DAW - If there is not a Whole Foods Market store near you, we have a store in Austin that will ship non-perishable products. You can reach them at 512-542-2243.

Neeta says …

Love Love Love it! My girlfriend turned me on to it. One sip and I was a goner. I am a coconut water junkie and this is by far the best!!! Keep it coming.

Johana says …

Living in NY is hard to find good quality nature made products. Once I found your coconut water I was instantly in love... And my body is soooo happy! Thank you so much for bringing such amazing product without compromising the life force!

Kay Surawski says …

Can anyone tell me where I can buy harmless harvest coconut water in Brisbane Queensland Australia and if it can be bought in bulk so as to save

Punky G. says …

SOOOOOOO GOOD!! I've touted your delicious 100% Organic Raw Coconut Water on FaceBook page and the Punky G. (G. Stands for Giants!) blog. The best coconut water on the planet bar none. ;-)

Nga says …

Living in Vietnam for 20 years means I drank coconut everyday. Sometimes I bought 20 fresh- raw coconuts and left them in fridge to drink during the day. Moved to UK then now US, I found nothing as good as what I used to drink. But now I find you Harmless Harvest Coconut!!! I'm in heaven

Neerja says …

I love your raw coconut water! I purchase an insane amount of it. :D Can you please tell me if there is a place where I can buy this in bulk? Thanks again for making such a great product available!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NEERJA - If your local store carries this coconut water, they should be able to special order a case for you. Most locations even offer a 10% discount! Check with your local store for details.

Sharon Patrick says …

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! your product. I am from Jamaica living in NJ and have to put up with the "Stuff" they are selling out there and trying to pass off as Coconut Water. Your product is the best I have ever tasted. I am amazed, the first time I tried it I bought the small bottle, I went right back and bought a dozen of the 16 Oz bottles! My husband was in love! Thank You! Thank you! for giving me a little bit of "home"

Nesha Haniff says …

I love this coconut water from Harmless harvest. I get it from the whole foods in Ann Arbor and they can never keep them on the shelves. I know they are pricey but worth it. I am visiting Toronto and have been looking for my supply . What's up with that whole foods. Congratulations Harmless Harvest.

Andrae Elliott says …

Harvest coconut water is just the very BEST out there in a bottle/can. I'm from the Caribbean, and the once from my trees is all I drink when I go home (Jamaica). Expensive, but I pick up a case when I can afford it. Pls try and get them in Costco, as I don't have a Whole Food supermarket near us

Awida Velez-Rodriguez says …

I love the pink cocconut water from Harmless Harvest. I usually have to drive to Boerne, TX in order to purchase this water. I went to my local Whole Foods and they have this water mix with chocolate or the plain white water. I would love to find the pink water, which is the most natural and better tasting. How can I get Whole Foods to carry this water or How about selling the water to Central Market. By the way I'm located in San Antonio, TX. I also grew up in Puerto Rico and I'm used to driking coconut water right from the gree coconuts and I love it.

Roxana Vidal says …

Thank you for such a great product...this makes it easier for me than opening coconuts all the time.

jack munt says …

Having camped in Maui for 6 months I was always supremely disappointed with any coconut water that recently hit the shelves UNTIL YOURS! Your product is what LIFE is all about. Discovering what is ORIGINAL is best and then figuring out a way to SHARE it. If i had a millions o dollars i would give it to you guys just for the eco friendly preservation work you do alone.!!!! That you provide a SUSTAINABLE LIVING with dignity is perfect. In the mean time.. can i buy this in large bulk for personal use?

Elle says …

I've been drinking HH since I've discovered them in Whole Foods and Fresh Market in the Northern Virginia areas. What happened to them? I cannot find them in my Virginia Beach Whole Foods!

Tiffany Mosley says …

I love thus stuff! Why doesn't my whole foods carry it anymore?! Silver spring, md! I'm so mad!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TIFFANY - Sorry to hear this. Buying is done at the store/regional level so check with the store directly to find out where it went.

Kissa Powell says …

I tried this coconut water for the first time yesterday and was completely blown away. I ran out first thing this morning and grabbed as many bottles as my local natural foods store had. The flavor is marvelous! It has a pureness to it, slightly sweet with a rich coconut aftertaste that is addictive in the best way. I'm so pleased to hear that they are preserving the environment and providing a livelihood for the farmers as well. This is a fantastic product that I am proud to pay a little extra for.

Veronique Helenon says …

Hi I love this product, but I can't find it in store anymore. I live in Cambridge, MA. Thanks.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@VERONIQUE - I have heard from a few customers that this product has not been on the shelves recently. It's possible it is a vendor issue. You can search for other locations that carry their product at http://www.harmlesscoconut.com/FTMap/index.html.

Louis Terlizzi says …

Harmless Harvest coconut water is THE best tasting brand of all, bar none. This is one of those rare situations for which there just is no comparison against the competition.

Andres J. Falotico says …

What is the status of the Harmless Harvest Coconut Water?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ANDRES - I'm not exactly sure what your question is regarding but guessing it is in reference to your local store being out of stock? If so, check with your local store directly to see if they have an ETA on when they will be receiving more product.

lefuafua says …

Thank you for capturing a taste of home...Samoa! I've tried many coconut waters and was very disappointed until YOURS. The taste is right on point and super refreshing. Thank you both and the farmers of Thailand. Keep up the great work!

R. D. Abashi says …

yes! i've tried it and love it! one of our health groups are now using it for a 3-day fast. i personally asked the moderator which brand he would use on the fast and he openly expressed he'd be using Harmless Harvest brand! :)

Tim Wade says …

What nutrients are left in your brand after HPP? what is the difference between Harmless Harvest coconut water and a real fresh coconut with water from the tree?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TIM - Since we do not make this product, I would suggest reaching out to Harmless Harvest for their answers. You can reach them at http://harmlessharvest.com/contact.

Deepa says …

I absolutely love it, thank you

Kari Abulhosn says …

The best coconut water I have ever had was from a freshly picked, chilled coconut after an intense walk in the hot and humid jungle of the Amazon. Harmless Harvest tastes just the same!! No joke! No other coconut water on the market compares! YUM! I'm obsessed!

sherrie Garrison says …

I like whole foods market, but I live an hour away, too for to shop their on a weekly basics. We need a good grocery store in north mississippi, southaven , olive branch area. Please open a store here.

Dustin says …

My first pick every time I stop at wholefoods! Hands down the sweetest cocount water you'll find on the market. Do not buy any other coconut ater that isn't raw; you will just be drinking sweetened water. No vitamins nor nutrients are left after heating

Gemma says …

I absolutely love this drink, but was so disappointed to find out I can't get hold of it in the UK. Will it be coming over here anytime soon?

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