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How To Open a Coconut Without a Machete

Hey! So a few weeks back I went to Mexico to Mastermind with my buddy Brendan and discuss growing our business and get a new viewpoint as well as visit a new country.

…and we happened to rent a house on the beach.

…and I happened to notice a coconut tree in the backyard!

Which of course meant I had to have fresh coconut juice. Granted, I had never done this before so it was a new experience for me. I figured it would be fun to share with you how it all went down.



Thank you to my girlfriend, Sam, for laughing at me the whole time and getting these pictures.

So the first idea I had was to throw rocks at the coconuts and hope I hit them and eventually one would fall…

this worked for a little while, but there has to be a better way, right?

Chris Hughes Brendan Wenzel


Next step was to try to hold my buddy Brendan up while he pulled them off the tree…

that didn’t work.


Why not try a chair!

Chris Hughes Brendan Wenzel Mexico


Sure enough, this worked and it was easier than the previous attempts.

Alright so now to open these coconuts…

Step 1 is to break the outer shell.

Chris Hughes Mexico


I found the easiest way was to bang the side of the coconut off of an edge of something strong…in this case, the wall.

You can see in the picture how it’s cracked a bit. We found that by cracking the top and then breaking the sides so they had a deep cut into it, we were then able to peel off the exterior layer.



At this step, you just peel and peel until you have the outer shell completely off.



Sometimes while you are breaking them you go too far and this is what happens..

Although, you’ll see on the table there that one of the coconuts is entirely peeled…the one that’s sitting on the table is fully peeled.

The next step is to find a shell or rock that has a flat edge on one end and comes to a point on the other.

We tried the knife shown in the picture, but in a normal situation you mind not have a knife to use.

So you’ll place the pointed edge of the rock/shell into the top of the coconut and use another rock to hammer it in. The shell will crack a little bit at the point where you hit it. That’s a good sign.

Once that happens, you’ll want to repeat the process and make a circle of these little cracks in the coconut.

This will make it easier for you to pick out the broken shell and get to the inside.

Once you have cracked it a few times, you can start peeling the hard exterior off. Then all you need to do is poke a little hole in the interior (the white part) and you’ll be getting fresh coconut water!

and if anyone is wondering what it’s like to work while in Mexico this is where I spent a good chunk of my days when not hanging out/surfing..


Yes, to have my lifestyle you do have to work your ass off. But it’s 100% worth it.