He used a machete to slice the coconuts from the stem,
whack off the top in pieces until a small hole was apparent. All his movements had a ballet-like quality. A small crowd had gathered to watch.
A young woman took many of the opened coconuts and poured the clear “water” into a large glass jar. I had to lock up my bike, but stopped frequently to take pictures. The young man said to me, “You look hot. Would you like a drink?” I’d never had coconut water before, a new experience - sure I’ll try it. It was delicious, the flavor was quite mild and there was a surprising amount of liquid inside. As I stood there sipping away and taking more pictures, I asked the young woman what she was going to do with her coconut water, she had a second large jar also waiting to be filled. She said she added bacteria to it. Bacteria? She said it was delicious that way. Hmmm. It looked like it would take about 8 coconuts to fill her jar.