Looking for a refreshing drink to set you up for hot summer days? Things don’t get much cooler than the smoothie mixes from Tropix, which are packed with tropical fruit that is flash-frozen as soon as it is harvested in Brazil. The result is a fruit pulp concentrate which you store in the freezer and simply combine with water or milk for a smoothie or açaí bowl that beats fresh fruit hands down (not to mention the hours saved peeling or chopping). So why Brazil? Apart from the fact that many tropical fruits – from guava to caja – grow well in the vast country’s plantations, Tropix’s founders Felipe and Bruno are themselves from Rio de Janeiro. Friends for 20 years, the pair are now based in Berlin and have set about bringing the fruits and flavors of Rio’s ubiquitous juice bars to Germany.
And so they have: the duo’s website now offers 15 superfood blends and single-fruit mixes, including varieties you probably haven’t heard of, including immune-boosting cupuaçu (it tastes like pear and banana) and the slightly tart, cherry-like acerola. You can mix, match and experiment to your heart’s content – each fruit comes in a multi-pack of handy 100g sachets ready to throw in the blender. The supermarket fruit aisle will never look the same again…
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sophie Doering
You can taste ready-made versions of the tropical drinks at the Tropix pop-up smoothie bar at Motif Wein, where you can also try Brazilian cheese buns from Nena Berlin this Saturday 26.06.2021.
Motif Wein, Weserstr.189, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Pop-up: Tue–Sat 11–17h, runs for the rest of June 2021.