Food & Drink

Amazon Juices Keeps It Fresh and Friendly in Pleasure Point

Flagship offering is the super-popular acai bowl

Fresh juices like the Detox (left) and Watermelon are ready for takeout at Amazon Juices, along with their popular bowls (right). PHOTO: TARMO HANNULA

Amazon Juices is a Brazilian café on the Pleasure Point end of 41st Avenue that serves unique breakfast and lunch items, as well as juices and smoothies.

Open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, their flagship offering is the super-popular acai bowl, and the rest of the menu is not only hearty and flavorful, but also healthy and affordable. Natasha Reber has co-owned the store since it opened in 2013, and her two brothers work there, too. She spoke with GT about what makes their menu so distinctive.

What sets Amazon Juices apart, and what is in your famous acai bowl?

NATASHA REBER: We order every day to make sure all the food is fresh, and it makes a huge difference that you can really taste. The customer service is great, too. The staff, décor, and vibes are very welcoming and warming, and it just really feels like home. The bowl is centered around acai, an Amazon berry that is a little bit bitter. We then add granola and sweet fruits like strawberries and bananas. We also use guarana in our bowls, which is in a syrup form and has natural caffeine to boost energy.

What are a few of the most popular breakfast and lunch items?

The breakfast burritos are delicious and good-sized, and you can build your own. It starts with eggs, tortilla, potatoes, salsa, and cheese, and you can add any other meats or veggies that you want. The gallo pinto bowl is another great breakfast option. It’s a very popular dish in Costa Rica. It comes with traditional Lizano sauce and brown rice, black beans, bell pepper, parsley, onion, cheese, bacon, and eggs. For lunch, our salads are really good, too. They come with beets, hearts of palm, fresh mozzarella, and choice of homemade vinaigrette or honey mustard dressings, and an option to add protein such as wild salmon, tri-tip, or chicken.

What are some highlights from the beverage menu?

We have exotic juices such as acerola, which looks like a cherry but is actually a citrus that comes from the Amazon. It’s delicious and has a really high concentration of vitamin C. Another popular juice is the Hangover, which has avocado, mango pulp, milk, and ginger. We also have veggie juices such as the Detox, which has pineapple, apple, ginger, lime, and mint.

1066 41st Ave. #105, Capitola. 831-854-2225, amazonjuices.us.

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