First things first; let’s talk açaí. Besides the fact that açaí makes for pretty Instagram pictures, these berries also have a truckload of health benefits. Also known as Purple Gold, this delicious superfood is found on açaí palm trees in South American rainforests and are packed with antioxidants, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and even calcium.
We all know that açaí bowls are the latest craze and Singapore’s got its fair share of outlets/cafes serving up these delicious and picture-perfect bowls. Coocaça (“coo-ka-sa”) is amongst the few that serve a variety of products (instead of just one or two bowls) ranging from Açaí bowls to deliciously thick smoothies to refreshing cold pressed juices.
Coocaça’s two outlets smack in the middle of Orchard Road, make their açaí bowls the perfect pick-me-up option between your shopping sprees.
Note: We spoke to Coocaça about the extensive use of plastic at their outlets. They mentioned that they are in the process of phasing out the plastic and that in the coming months, they will be reducing the plastic usage at their outlets.
The Choice of Açaí Bowls at Coocaça
We tried two of the Açaí Bowls on offer at the Liat Towers outlet – Pura Vida & Sao Paolo (S$12.50 each). While Pura Vida tastes like an Açaí Bowl, Sao Paolo tastes a bit different because of the cacao that’s blended in with the Açaí, not to mention the banana and soy milk. In fact, Coocaça’s Açaí bowls and smoothies differ in that they blend the Açaí with fruits, giving it a slightly different taste and texture from other bowls around town. Of course, both bowls come with the works – for Pura Vida, the açaí is blended with mixed berries, banana and coconut and topped with granola, bananas, strawberry, kiwi, mango and coconut flakes. Sao Paolo is topped with granola, bananas, cacao nibs, almond butter, coconut flakes and goji berries.
They also offer a variety of additional toppings to choose from but their bowls are already loaded with fruits, granola and other toppings, so I’m guessing you won’t need any.
Açai Beyond the Bowls – Coocaça’s Smoothies
Craving for some more Açaí goodness? Try Chulo (S$7.90), a blend of Açaí, pineapple, protein powder and coconut. We also tried Roxy (S$6.90), a best seller at Coocaça. While Roxy is a blend of Banana, mango, passionfruit, yogurt and coconut, and tastes delicious and very tropical; Chulo won the round as it tastes different from regular drinks. The Açaí and coconut in Chulo make for a lovely combo that is mild and refreshing and not overtly sweet.
Açai Kick for Kids at Coocaça – Soft Serves
Got kids? Coocaça’s got you covered with their Soft Serves – a healthier alternative to ice creams, and wonderfully delicious too. Go with the Yogurt Soft Serve or the Açaí Soft Serve and top them as you like.
More than Just Açai at Coocaça
If you’re looking for a quick pick-up after your workout, go for one of the Cold Pressed Juices. We tried numbers 2 which is orange, apple, carrot, ginger and cayenne and number 5 which has Orange, pineapple, spirulina and cayenne. My favourite was 2, as in the other one, I found the pineapple flavour a bit too overpowering for my taste.
They also sell Almond Butter (S$12) and Homemade Granola (S$10) which you can grab on your way out. Both taste good, I especially loved the Almond Butter and you would too.
Coocaça @ Somerset: 1 Grange Road, #01-03 Orchard Building, Singapore 239693.
Coocaça @ Orchard: 541 Orchard Road, #01-K1 Liat Towers, Singapore 238881.
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