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Ingredients & Nutrition

What’s in the can?

Each can consists of approximately two young green coconuts and nothing else. Bottled and sealed immediately after harvest for maximum freshness and vitality.

Why such a big can?

It’s pretty simple. We tried out a can half the size. But it costs almost the same amount to produce. So given the effort, why wouldn’t we give folk more bang for their buck? More Fountain of Youth, more smiles.

What is Fountain of Youth anyway?

Fountain of Youth is our coconut water, which is the clear liquid that’s inside young coconuts when you crack them open. Try it for yourself, here.

Why does some coconut water taste sweet, and others taste bland or even sour?

Just like apples, the type and region it comes from, affects its taste. Coconuts that are harvested in the Philippines for example, are more likely to be on the sour side. We prefer ours a little on the sweet side, so we taste-tested more than 50 species native to Asia, and happened upon the Fountain of Youth in southwest Thailand.

Why are young coconuts better than mature coconuts?

We've spent the last decade sourcing high-quality coconuts and placing them into cans in the most sustainable way possible. So we know our stuff. Young coconuts are better for coconut water, mature coconuts are better for coconut milk. When young coconuts are at their youthful stage, they have the most coconut water in their shell. The water reduces in quantity as the coconut fruit becomes more mature. So the greener they are, the more liquid there is to drink. This means production efforts are lowered, as each nut can go further. Resourceful and 100% natural.

What is the nutrition content?

Fountain of Youth is filled with the good stuff. Drink one can and you’ll absorb as much potassium, and almost as much magnesium, as eating a banana.

Does Fountain of Youth contain any sugar?

Coconut water has naturally occurring sugar in its composition. We do not sneak a single gram of extra sugar in our drink. Fountain of Youth also contains small amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, oils, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs. We do not use additives or preservatives. Fountain of Youth is pure coconut water.

How many cans can I drink in one day?

As many as you want. Fountain of Youth has just 60 calories per serve, and zero calories from fat. As we say: a can a day keeps the doctor away when enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle — in between party and play.

Does the process of making and bottling Fountain of Youth affect its nutritional value?

Lab testing made available in Europe now allows coconut water to be tested down to the microgram, giving certainty to nutrient quantity. We can be confident that what is written on the can is what you're getting in the can: 100% straight up coconut water.

How do I drink it?

For beginners: we suggest you enjoy it chilled. For seasoned pros try your hand at drinking the Fountain of Youth with no ice, and no fridge… just as mother nature intended while lazing around on the beach. 

Other ways to drink it:

  • In a smoothie, with frozen berries, banana, and ice.
  • As a replacement for milk or yogurt in breakfast cereal, bircher muesli, or acai bowls.
  • Lemonade mocktail: squeeze juice of a lemon and stir with a dash of honey into a glass of iced Fountain of Youth. Fresh.
  • Fancy a highball? Ask for a Mezcal Monkey, and experience the taste of two distinct flavors in harmony
  • Hot Monkey: Warm Fountain of Youth, Fresh ginger, lime, and Golden Rum.
Manufacturing Process

Where do you source your coconuts?

After many years of tasting, testing, and learning, we found the best palm trees with the highest quality coconuts in Southwest Thailand, 1.5 hours from Bangkok. We work closely with a collective of farms, starting with a family-run business in Ratchaburi Province. They’ve specialized in harvesting young coconut water for over 30 years. They’re the best in the game and we are proud to work with them.

Do you use wonky coconuts?

Yes! Shape and size don’t matter. We aren’t a supermarket with weird beauty standards. Our only care is to can the best coconuts, within a couple hours after harvesting, to ensure the delicious taste remains.

What happens to the remaining flesh of the coconuts?

The kernel, or meat of the green coconut, is soft at this stage of its little life, so it can easily be scooped out with a spoon. We try to ensure that nothing goes to waste, so our colleagues use these parts of the coconuts to make coconut chips, snacks, milks, and oils.

What happens to the shells of all the used coconuts?

The soft parts of the shell are composted, while the hard parts are repurposed for use in furniture!

How are the coconuts harvested?

Everything is done by the hands of humans—not monkeys or machines. Our colleagues do not climb the palm trees either, because our farmers’ collective harvests the coconuts from a species of short, thick trees. They’re easier to access and safer than the tall palm trees, which also exist in Thailand, but not at our plantation. The vine is cut from the palm tree with a machete and each vine contains 12-18 coconuts.

How are they sorted?

Small trucks wait nearby and the coconuts, on their vines, are placed inside. Once full, each truck transports our precious cargo to the husking area, where they are dehusked, cracked open, and put through a small sieve. The liquid is taken to the filling area to be tested for quality before being canned immediately thereafter. This entire process, from the fruit on a tree to being caned as the Fountain of Youth, requires under 3 hours.

How is the water extracted from the coconut?

Once the coconuts are cut from their husk, each is inspected, opened by hand, and cracked open. The water is funneled through a sieve, and into the cans and sealed within 3 hours. Everything is done right there on-site. Because we are still a small family-run business, we have a simpler process than mass-produced brands: one region, one partner, one product.

How many coconuts are needed for each can?

Each coconut yields between 200-300ml of water. Our cans are 520ml: approximately two coconuts per can.

Why is Fountain of Youth heated after canning?

Following packaging, by using a method of heating the cans for 15 minutes at just over 100 degrees Celsius, we can ensure the removal of harmful bacteria that allows us to extend the shelf life of the coconut water — without harming the nutritional value showcased on the can. Backed up with state of the art lab testing only made available in recent years, this helps to decipher the really good options from the not so good options on the market.

Are there any other preservatives added?

No. What you will find in the can though is natural, delicious energy straight from our special sourced species of Thai palm trees.

Packaging

What is the can material made from?

Tinplate, which is actually a type of steel, thinly coated with Tin to protect from corrosion. Before we lose you, let us just tell you that we choose to use tinplate because it uses less water to recycle, and has a lower environmental footprint, than plastic, tetra packs, and even glass. The can reflects our view: the best available packaging, to house the finest product in the land. Bottled directly at the center of our farmers collective.

Why cans?

Because cans, and in particular, cans made from tinplate, are the best possible material for us to use in order to produce our Fountain of Youth responsibly. It uses the least amount of energy to produce, and can be recycled an infinite number of times. In fact, it is also BPA free and according to this source, has the highest recyclability rate among any other material in Europe.

Where is the can material made?

Thailand. The design is also printed onto the can in Thailand. The cans are then sent to our colleagues at the plantation, ready for bottling there and then. The whole process of picking to packaging is done as locally as possible, which impacts the community in a positive way.

How is Fountain of Youth packaged?

We box our precious cargo in cardboard cartons, made from 100% recyclable paper. No plastic, no glass, no worries.

How is Fountain of Youth distributed?

We use ships and semi-trucks to transport Fountain of Youth to our warehouses from the ports.

Sustainability & Ethics

Is Fountain of Youth organic?

We don’t use pesticides or herbicides, and the coconuts and farming procedures we use are of organic quality. However to say you are ‘organic’ you need a label with technical certification, which is expensive and a bureaucratic effort for the farmers to manage. This is not our style. We care about resourceful recycling systems, and conserving biodiversity with high quality soil, trees, and water. With these principles comes some of the finest sourced coconut water one can find, and nothing else.

Why the higher price in comparison to other coconut water brands?

Rather than industrialize our process to make cheaper coconut water, we choose to work with small businesses. We also want the most value per serving, and the highest quality, accented fully by the taste. All while supporting a positive impact on local communities instead of resorting to methods that needlessly remove jobs. So that means a slightly higher price, but considerably higher impact across the board.

Do you dabble in deposit return schemes (DRS)?

Yes. Some of the countries we ship to have deposit return schemes, especially Germany—setting an epic example of recycling 91% of all total tinplate consumption. We are very proud to be in the deposit return scheme (DRS) system in Germany and have grand plans to spread the love elsewhere. DRS is a great way to encourage a more circular model for packaging, and to change our consumer behaviors in a positive way. If you’re in Germany, take your can back to any participating supermarket or store and you’ll get 25 cents from each can back. 

What has Fountain of Youth done to improve the working conditions of farmers?

When founding Fountain of Youth, we met with many different farmers to find the most fair and equitable collective, with good working conditions, fair hours, and opportunities for professional growth. As a result of our collaboration with the farmers collective in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand, many jobs have been created in the region predominantly filled by members of the local community. We’ve got to know our partner very well over the years and are proud of the amazing service they are committed to offering us as one of their select partners.

How can we ensure a lack of exploitation?

Through multiple annual trips to the region we have seen for ourselves the high quality of the plantation, products, and working conditions. We won’t sugar coat it, literally: the process to create our product is expensive. But we’d rather pay more money, knowing that we are using the most sustainable methods, and that our staff are paid a fair wage, than mass-producing something that diminishes our planet’s resources. Also, rest assured that no monkeys are used or harmed in the production of our product.

How can you say you care about food miles when you ship coconuts around the world?

We care about minimizing our food (or in our case, drink) miles. If coconuts were to grow in Berlin, where Fountain of Youth is headquartered, you’d be drinking German coconuts every day. But the fact is they don’t, so we’ve spent years researching the most ethical ways of sourcing and producing this drink to bring all of its health and taste benefits to our growing fanbase. 

What are you doing for circular economy principles?

Above all, by being a sustainable family business across all projects that we ignite. By relating to and co-creating local economies and communities, including our regenerative farm. By building our own little infrastructure of different places and products, that all interact with each other and create value for others in the process. 

Circularity is an imperative part of Fountain of Youth and we participate in multiple ways. First, by repurposing the flesh of all the coconuts we crack open for other uses and products. Second, by participating in deposit return schemes, and thereby reusing our cans for the next batches of coconut water. We are always open to new suggestions and perspectives, so if you have an idea get in touch and let’s chat.

Company Questions

Who are you?

We are the Michelbergers, a modern family business that includes an independent hotel, an organic restaurant, a regenerative farm, a music festival, and yes, a coconut water from our own special Fountain of Youth. What brings these disparate things together is a holistic ecosystem based on trust, community, and social connection.

What does Fountain of Youth have to do with a hotel?

While Fountain of Youth is an outbound endeavor we remain a natural extension of the Michelbergers: as the favorite drink of the hotel, we exist as a message in a tinplate can, spreading our collective values with wonderful people that share our joy for life and the ability for co-creation it offers. Just like a healthy plant wants to grow, we are here to learn and contribute. The Fountain of Youth travels to people’s favorite places or meets them in their homes. The Fountain of Youth is our hotel on the road. The Hotel welcomes, the Fountain of Youth travels.

https://michelbergermonkey.com/

Shipping and Delivery

Where do you deliver?

From our website, we deliver across the European Union, including Norway. If you’re outside of these places, our partners will deliver to you.

How much are shipping costs?

Shipping all depends on your country’s shipping rates at the time of order. 

Where is my order?

Once you’ve placed an order, you’ll receive a tracking ID, so check your email. In rare cases where there is an issue, our customers can email us directly and we will be happy to help. 

My cans are damaged. What should I do?

Please send us a picture of the delivery issue, and we will be happy to handle it for you. 

Where can I buy Fountain of Youth?

On our webshop here, or through one of our many partners. Contact us to find out who they are.