We added the in-house PULP Cafe to Shenandoah Bicycle Company in 2010 after much debate on how to make our bike shop more inviting and accessible. We wanted to provide a healthy addiction that compliments cycling, bridging the gap between skinny white men talking technical nonsense and the rest of humanity.
Tim Richardson obsessed over the perfect smoothie for years. His research included touring various countries by bike in search of the Holy Grail of mushed cold fruit in a cup. In search of ways to thicken his smoothies — spoons over straws type psychosis, Tim discovered frozen Açaí packets and was convinced had just invented the purple smile. PULP has been a fun added layer to the shop and continues to bring new faces in all the time.
What is an Açaí Bowl?
It’s a thick smoothie! a healthy bowl of fruit blended with Açaí pulp and topped with fresh fruit and granola.
What is Açaí? (pronounced “ah sah ee”)
Açaí is a berry that grows in the tops of palm trees along river banks in the Brazilian rainforest. In fact, miraculously thick Açaí smoothies are available on almost any street corner in Brazil. Açaí with its berry/cocoa-like flavor has more antioxidants than blueberries and is a good source of Omega fats, protein and dietary fiber.
Where do we get Açaí?
We purchase our Organic Acai pulp from Especial Fruits. Especial Fruits has created a positive economic exchange with over 1,100 family farmers in Brazil by providing an alternative sustainable income source to logging and monoculture plantations.
O.G. – The Original Gangster, the bowl we fell in love with while blending at home. Won over more discerning palettes that feared the new purple magic.
Açaí, Banana, Blueberry, Almond Milk, Granola on top
Ruby – Named after our original shop dog. Ruby was a Blue Healer with a hearth of gold and a penchant for good times.
Açaí, Banana, Strawberry, Soy Milk, Granola on top
Braley’s – The most traditional Açaí bowl in honor of all those slinging purple smiles along any street in Brazil and named after the most ego tickling piece of single track in the GW.
Açaí, Banana, Raspberry, Apple Juice, Granola and Honey on top
Short Mountain – Similar to the OG but with added raw almonds and almond butter for those protein maniacs. Also named after A GW trail in Fort Valley that has more of an experimental Jazz with interpretive lights type feel.
Açaí, Banana, Almond Butter, Almonds, Coconut Milk, Granola on top
BUILD YOUR OWN AÇAÍ BOWL
- Fruit (choose two fruits to blend with Açaí Bowl):
Banana / Blueberry / Blackberry / Strawberry / Raspberry / Peach / Mango / Aronia Berry
- Liquid (choose one):
Almond Milk / Soy Milk / Hemp Milk / Coconut Milk / Apple Juice
- Toppings (includes one, add more for 50¢-$1.00):
50¢ Toppings — Granola / Shredded Coconut / Chocolate / Peanut Butter / Agave / Honey / Seasonal Fruit
$1 Protein Packed Toppings — Almond Butter / Almonds / Cashews / Cacao Nibs
Smoothies (without Açaí)
Build-your-own options available too!
Banana, Spinach, Almond Milk, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Granola
Triple Berry Threat
Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Soy Milk, Spinach, Coconut Oil, Almond Butter, Agave
Dates, Banana, Peach, Almond Milk, Almond Butter, Vanilla, Cinnamon
Beer On Tap
Virginia Brewed on rotation (we also have bottled beer on rotation)
Organic Ice Tea
Available in spring and summer only