Thursday, May 10, 2012

The best of both worlds

Being a professional ballet dancer is no easy feat. It is physically and mentally grueling, painful and all the while, you have to look like it is the easiest thing in the world.  This being said, I cannot think of any other profession that would bring the same amount of satisfaction, joy and passion to our lives.
In other words, it can be described as a profession with pretty high demands, but invaluable rewards.
Now, even though this is all very true for me, there are those days when you just need a little something extra to help you through the long hours of rehearsal, or that evening's performance.  Some dancers boost their caffeine reserves, others invest in a jug of coconut water. 
I have always been on the look out for my remedy and then, out of the blue, a friend introduced me to Coco Cafe, a product that mixes both the hydration and potassium from coconut water, with a caffeinated boost from espresso...I know! How could this be possible? It probably does not taste very good, right? WRONG! Coco cafe is a delicious latte-esque beverage,  that could just be what many of us have been waiting for.
I was quickly put in touch with the makers, Brian and Elan, of a team of two young men who developed the product while surfing out in Santa Monica.  Just as dancers might need some natural energy and hydration, so did those surfers. Brian was kind enough to stop by the ballet one rainy Tuesday and drop off a couple of crates for us to try out...Suffice it to say, they were a hit!
Dancers had them on the go while they were working out....
and getting changed...
something about the delicious taste, combined with the knowledge that you are being totally efficient while drinking the product is a catch.

We are just about finished our 2011/2012 season at the ballet, Don Quixote was wrapped up last weekend and tonight we open Fancy Free:)
I foresee some habits forming around Coco Cafe, and with a delicious product with an environmental and humanitarian conscience ( proceeds from Coco Cafe are dedicated towards improving the nutrition of underdeveloped urban youth), I cannot think of a better one to invest in!
Coco Cafe just recently became available in stores around Boston - enjoy:)


  1. Sold! I am on the hunt to find some...