I’ve come to realize that I might have a slight addiction to cold-pressed juices. Self-diagnosed as I realized that when I’m traveling to a city, my first thought is ‘Where can I get my juice around here?’ I’ve seen these pretty bottles for awhile at the market but didn’t quite understand the higher-than-average price point, until a friend had me sample some early last year. I didn’t realize until later that there’s a large manufacturing process to cold-pressed juices.
When you order a regular juice blend, it’s typically tossed into a blender and pulverized, which sometimes gives you that frothy top. But what is happening here is that the vitamins and minerals are introduced to more oxygen and the value of those nutrients are reduced (our skincare formulas are built along the same methods—small-batch production means less oxidation which results in more effective ingredients for your skin). With cold-presses, the fruits and vegetable are especially prepared and are slowly pressed down. The runoff becomes extract. It’s quite labor-intensive and takes some pre-planning and a good amount of time, but the quality and taste makes it very worthwhile.
It looks like this artisan manufacturing process is appearing all over the country. Have you tried one yet? What did you think?
Here’s my juice diary from various places across the U.S.
If you walk too fast, you’ll miss this cute juice stand next to the sidewalk. I picked up this pineapple-chia seed blend and it was absolutely delicious. The juice was probably all gone within a matter of minutes. It tends to go more towards the fruit side of the produce aisle and doesn’t feel overly acidic. @juiceshop
This local mini-chain is amazing. With cute storefronts, business is brisk and it’s no wonder why. I stopped by the one in West Hollywood and fell in love. The ‘Greens 3’ here was absolutely refreshing and the Spiced Almond Milk (almonds, dates, vanilla bean, filtered water, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt) was all-satisfying. @pressedjuicery
What’s great about BluePrint Cleanse is that they seem to be everywhere, at least, most of the Whole Foods and upscale specialty markets I’ve been to. Great as a ‘pick-me-up’ during the day. @blueprintcleanse
According to their website, “Probiotics help your body to create vitamins and eliminate toxins.” On top of that, this smoothie is a satistyfing drink. This one is my favorite flavor has banana, flaxseed, almond, lemon, dates, vegan probiotic himalayan sea salt, and coconut oil. When I met chef Jake who crafts these concoctions, I told him that it tasted like a healthy version of Calpico (one of Japan’s top-selling soft drinks). I’m craving this probiotic smoothie right now… @lovegracefoods
Found inside participating Equinox gyms, these designer bottles are stored in petite fridges at the café. I picked up this blood marmalade-almond butter -banana-rice protein recipe. It was quite substantial. The flavors have been concocted in partnership with NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer, so these juices tend to have more exotic blends like butternut squash, goji berries, chilies, and more. Definitely delicious. @creativejuice
I picked up a couple of bottles during a recent trip to Seattle. So I’m not sure if this company is from the Pacific Northwest (the address on the bottle mentions a ‘San Diego’). But this was a good option from the local grocery market. The Coconut Almond was almost horchata-like! I was attracted to the bottle design and typography. @sujajuice
If you are looking for a Seattle-based place, check out the cold-presses smoothies at Evolution Fresh. Actually, Evolution Fresh is going to be showing up at your local Starbucks soon. @evolutionfresh
If you have any recommendations for other cities, please post below!