My love of coconuts and my recent accident-prone status (I broke my toe surfing) had left me in a bit of a predicament. To open a fresh coconut you need a large, sharp knife that looks like a mini machete. Unfortunately for someone like me, that just isn’t an option. I love coconut water, but I love my fingers more. Not wanting to give up either, I went on search of an alternative.
Introducing the CocoTap, a steel contraption that works like a giant screw by piercing the coconut for draining. Designed by Paul Richardson, the CocoTap allows you to make a perfect straw-size hole in your coconut. The idea came to him while sleeping in a hammock in Carins – he headed home to Byron Bay to make what he envisioned, and the rest is history. The CocoTap is now sold all over the world, with hotels in tropical destinations finding it the easiest way to serve coconuts to guests. And for just 30 bucks, it’s a small price to pay for the safety of your digits.