The Look & Taste of Simple Ingredients

plain yogurt

Why does our yogurt look a little different? It’s because of the simple ingredients in our yogurt.

We make our yogurt the way we like to eat it, with simple, health giving ingredients that we can pronounce! Because of this, sometimes our yogurt may not have the same look and consistency you have come to expect with commercial brands of yogurt.

You might have even noticed that there’s a little bit of water in your container of Coconut Grove Yogurt, either surrounding the yogurt or on the inside of the lid.

Because our ingredients are simple and all natural, with no fillers or artificial chemicals or preservatives, you’re seeing the result of a natural separation process when the yogurt cools and sets. It’s called “syneresis”, and because we don’t add extra constituents to remove it, you’ll sometimes find it in your yogurt.

The water is clean, filtered and most likely contains plenty of the health boosting yogurt cultures and probiotics used to set and create our creamy coconut milk yogurt.

So next time you open your yogurt, be assured that you are receiving the cleanest and healthiest of natural, non-dairy yogurt on the market!

Going Non-Dairy at 80!

coconut grove yogurt at 80

Meet Beth. She’s 80 and recently lost a total of 40 pounds. She also went non-dairy as a part of her weight loss plan.

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Beth before

Beth has always loved her food! But as she’s gotten older and an increase in health issues, she knew she wanted to change and lose some weight.

Inspired by the “green diet”, her health conscious friends, and the motivation of upcoming travel for her 80th birthday “across the pond”,  she took up a more plant-based diet which included cutting out her favorite butter, ice cream and dairy treats. She went non-dairy!

Coconut Grove Yogurt was a key ingredient in helping her maintain her new way of life and her weight loss. She says it satisfies her desire for the creamy nurturing she always felt when eating dairy. Coconut Grove Yogurt’s low-carb, creamy yummyness does the trick!

Her favorite Coconut Grove Yogurt flavor is plain, adding her beloved seasonal fresh fruit like blueberries or strawberries. For an extra treat she’ll throw some almond slivers on top to give it a bit of crunch.

It’s a nice end to her day plus she gets the probiotic goodness of cultured yogurt, helping and supporting her overall wellness.

 

 

Yogurt Tasting – A winner !

Berkeley Bowl – 1st tasting demo for Coconut Grove Yogurt.  Most of the “tasters” were dairy consumers and they were all impressed with this new organic dairy alternative. They loved the flavor and texture.

On to our next Tasting Demo at Rainbow Grocery, Davis co-op and Good Earth in Fairfax.

The simple difference between coconut milk and coconut water

coconut water

Many people wonder, “So what is the difference between coconut milk and coconut water?”

We’re happy to explain and share some information…

Coconut water is found in the cavity of a coconut.

The cavity of the coconut is filled with coconut water – which is sterile until opened. The coconut water is clear, colorless and contains sugar, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals – and provides an isotonic electrolyte balance making it a nutritious food source.

Coconut water has recently become a popular and refreshing drink in the United States that is also used in isotonic sports drinks.

Coconut milk is extracted from the coconut fruit.

Coconut milk is made from the white pulp of the coconut fruit and is produced by pressing the grated coconut pulp thru a filter to extract the delicious milk which also contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Coconut milk comes in various grades from quite thick – 20% to 22% fat – to quite thin – 5% to 7% fat. For our Coconut Grove Organic Yogurt, we use organic coconut milk that is between 6% and 10% fat.

More of the health benefits of organic coconut milk can be found on our Health Benefits page.

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Straight to the source: where does our coconut come from?

green coconuts

Coconut Grove has a very unique relationship with farmers in the Mindanao Province of the Philippines for the source of our organic coconut.

Sourcing organic coconut raw material can be challenging – and we are very fortunate to have developed long-term relationships with cooperatives in Mindanao Province who are committed to providing us with organically grown raw material and are also committed to expanding their production as our needs grow.

We have strong commitments to our supply chain.

Coconut Grove is fully committed to the development of Fair Trade, organic, sustainable and non-GMO in all aspects of our supply chain from farm to table.

The making of Coconut Grove’s Organic Coconut Milk

coconut tree

The coconut tree is a large palm tree growing up to 98 ft tall, with pinnate leaves 13 – 20 feet long and pinnae 2 – 3 feet long. Old leaves break away cleanly, leaving the trunk long and smooth.

It’s all in the name of the coconut

Because the three small holes on the coconut shell resemble human facial features, the name “coconut” comes from the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish word – coco – meaning “head” or “skull.” And yet interestingly the coconut is not botanically a “nut” but rather a drupe (fruit), due to the outer fleshy part of the coconut surrounding a cavity with a seed inside.

Within the hard outer wrapping of the coconut is a solid white pulp and within this pulp is the coconut water. The coconut fruit is edible and is used for both food and medicine.

The making of our coconut milk…

Coconut Grove Organic Coconut Milk is produced by harvesting nine-month-old organic coconut fruits of the highest quality and then pressing the grated coconut pulp thru a filter to create the finest organic coconut milk possible. Our organic coconut milk is then aseptically packed for transport to our yogurt facility in Northern California.

Subtle sweetening with coconut sugar and how it’s made

coconut sugar

The subtle sweetening of coconut sugar…

Coconut sugar is subtly sweet and similar to brown sugar – but with a slight hint of caramel. Since Coconut Grove Organic coconut sugar is not highly processed, the color, sweetness and flavor can vary depending on different factors – including what coconut species is used, the season in which it was harvested, where it was harvested and even the way the “sap” or “toddy” is reduced. This feature also yields a slightly golden brown color – especially in our Vanilla flavor. There are a number of positive reasons for using organic coconut sugar over other sweeteners and we intend to expand its use in all of our products.

How coconut sugar is made…

Coconut Grove Organic coconut sugar is produced from the sap of flower blossoms of the coconut palm tree. Producing our organic coconut sugar starts with harvesting or “tapping” the blossoms of our organic coconut trees (a procedure very similar to producing pure maple syrup). Our farmers make a cut on the spadix of the flower and the sap starts to flow from the cut. The sap is then collected in bamboo containers which is then transferred into giant woks and placed over moderate heat to evaporate the moisture content of the sap. The sap is translucent and contains about 80% water. As the water evaporates, it starts to transform into a thick syrup-like substance known as a “toddy”. From this form, it is further reduced to crystal, block or soft paste form – or it remains in its syrup-like form.

Making progress with our blueberry and strawberry yogurt

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Our coconut yogurt will melt in your mouth, even if – at the moment – the blueberry and strawberry yogurt fruit don’t blend easily when stirred.

We are presently using an organic fruit mix that contains organic dried cane syrup – and we are working on an organic fruit mix using organic coconut sugar.

We will update everyone as our research progresses – stay tuned!

Even though there is this mixing characteristic, we know that once a bite gets into your mouth, you’ll find that the taste and the texture are superb. We don’t use fillers and extras to get the creamy texture of our blueberry and strawberry yogurt, but sometimes it means you just need to stir a bit more.

Simple, Organic Ingredients

Coconut GroveOur ingredients reflect our philosophy: keep it simple and keep it delicious. We use organic coconuts and as few additional ingredients as possible to create delicious non-dairy coconut yogurt. Our products are certified USDA organic.

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Health Benefits of Coconut

Health Benefits

Heart healthy and nutrient rich, coconuts are the source of many health benefits that strengthen and support your body. Dairy free and soy free, our products are a delicious and healthy alternative to ordinary dairy. Taste the difference!

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