Why Acai?

It's like slipping away to your own private tropical beach and indulging in your senses.

Deliciously rich in flavor, many describe the açaí berry as a cross between a blackberry or raspberry and a piece of dark chocolate. The refreshing açaí flavor makes a truly delicious treat, but it’s a treat that is as good for your body as it tastes. 

Considered to be a superfood, açaí is considered one of nature's most complete and nutrient-dense foods. Served in a bowl or smoothie, we combine this super-berry pulp with other delicious and nutritious superfoods to create a truly exotic escape for your taste buds.

Aside from a wickedly good taste, açaí has numerous health benefits, and is best utilized as a pre or post-workout boost, or a health-conscious snack. Containing high levels of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats, the açaí berry has been recognized to assist in weight loss, increase energy, improve blood flow, increase concentration, reduce cholesterol and aid in muscle recovery. All this from something that tastes exactly like an indulgent snack!

Acai berries are low in sugar, but contain excellent amounts of calcium, fiber, and vitamin A. They also contain anthocyanin compounds that defend the body against harmful free radicals. In fact, acai berries contain 10 to 30 times more anthocyanin power than red wine. Beneficial fatty acids such as oleic acid, one of the same oils found in olive oil, is another strong point, and healthy levels of dietary fiber keep the system functioning smoothly. 

The properties contained in acai berries may help prevent health problems such as arthritis, inflammation, obesity, erectile dysfunction, neurological diseases, and allergies. Lab studies have shown them to have positive effects on ailments associated with oxidative stress, heart disease, and cancer. But don’t tell your taste buds that! 

Healthy living should always taste this good.

Our Journey

Açaí Hut was founded by a family who shared one burning desire: to create a delicious and healthful dining experience for the people of Austin, Texas.

Rodrigo, Rodolfo & Angelica Cid were born in Juiz De Fora Brazil, where açaí is found abundantly and had always been part of their life. They often frequented the local açaí cafes after soccer games or enjoyed it on the beautiful beaches of Cabo Frio Brazil. They were hooked on the amazing flavor and could always depend on this incredibly delicious superfood to leave them feeling refreshed and energized. For the family, the sweet taste of açaí evokes nostalgic feelings of the beaches of their childhood - a true snapshot of Paradise.

Rodrigo moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 and quickly fell in love with all the captivating city had to offer. Just one thing was missing… Something Austinites have been craving but had not met yet – Brazilian Açaí!

Rodrigo and his wife, Stephanie, who instantly become a super-fan upon her first taste of the super-fruit during her visit to Brazil, both shared the life-long dream of being business owners. In early 2016, Rodrigo received a call from his sister, Angelica, that would change his life. Angelica’s voice was filled with excitement as she announced she was giving up her successful clothing boutique and leaving Brazil for Austin. His twin brother, Rodolfo, had just moved to Austin in January of 2015, so Rodrigo’s longtime dream of reuniting his family was becoming a reality.

Angelica proposed the idea of opening up an açaí food truck. Rodrigo had been yearning for authentic Brazilian açaí ever since he had come to Texas. Açaí bowls, in their traditional Brazilian form, offer a delicious feast with abundant health benefits, making it a perfect match for the Austin lifestyle. Thus, Açaí Hut was born. After months of hard work and long hours, the team bought a food truck and opened for business off South Congress in June of 2016.

By a stroke of luck, Açai Hut was chosen out of 100 applicants to replace a departing food truck at the Picnic on Barton Springs, just two blocks from Zilker Park. The highly coveted location launched Açai Hut sales to an all-time high. The success allowed Açai Hut to sign a lease at the hot, new Mueller development on Aldrich Street in East Austin. The store is slated to open in early 2018.

For Rodrigo, Angelica, Stephanie, Rodolfo and their newest team member, CMO Ralph Yznaga, their vision to bring the deliciousness and health benefits of açaí to people everywhere has become a reality as they strongly believe a healthy body equals a happy life.

Have a Great Day in Paradise!