How to Open a Coconut without Maiming Yourself: CocoTap

by Aaron on February 14, 2007

CocoTap coconut husk opener not machete

One more piece of essential kit for cruising the South Seas! Coconuts are high among nature’s gifts to voyagers. But getting through the thick, fibrous outer husk to the coconuty goodness inside has brought many expletives to the lips of the inexperienced, not to mention damage to fingers and pride. The CocoTap promises to lessen the humiliation.

Oh, and the link comes via Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools website. Kelly has been the editor publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, and a founder of Wired magazine. One of his little projects is the Cool Tools site, which is a deep well of great things collected by KK and his readers.

CocoTap Quick coconut penetration cocotap.jpg Considering the implications of carrying around a machete and also the possibility of hacking off a finger, a CocoTap is a simple and invaluable tool for accessing a coconut. A solid 316 stainless tube crafted with a pointed end and a handle that folds out to a T position, it will easily pierce a green coconut and go through everything from a jelly nut to a mature drinking coconut.

Source: Cool Tool: CocoTap

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob N February 18, 2007 at 12:58 pm

I thought it would take a fair bit of grunt to get the thing to work so was pleasently surprised to find it so easy. Very good.


Aaron February 19, 2007 at 10:39 am

Thanks for sharing your experience with the product, Rob!


eli July 19, 2007 at 1:25 am

here is another way where you get to have some of the soft meat too:


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