Cold Pressed Juice Head

While I was in Boston a couple weeks ago, I was feenin’ for a smoothie.  You’d think with all the runners and cyclists all over that city, there would be smoothie or juice bars everywhere.  Well, there isn’t.  I even tracked down this coffee shop that according to Yelp, served smoothies only to get there and find out the closest thing they had to fruit smoothies was bottled orange juice.  I had pretty much given up when I came across Pure Cocobeet Organic Juice Bar a couple blocks from Faneuil Hall.  I had never had cold pressed juice before, but I was hooked after my first time.  I went with the Battle Axe, which consisted of Pear, Cabbage, Kale, Cucumber, Garlic & Turmeric.  It was one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had.  On top of a great variety of cold press juices, Pure Cocobeet also sells some delicious desserts.  I grabbed a vanilla berry chia pudding that blew me a way.

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My Cold Pressed Juice experience was still fresh on my mind a week later when I visited a friend who just happen to have a Cold Press Juicer.  He made me a straight wheatgrass shot, and while I wasn’t expecting much flavor, I was really surprised at how good the shot was.  He also broke down for me how the cold press or slow juicer worked and how it differed from a conventional or centrifugal juicer.  The thing that stood out most was that cold pressing retains more of the nutrients.

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I found a more detailed comparison on Huffington Post:

The Breakdown

Centrifugal Juicer Slow Juicer
Nutrient Retention Not so great. The high-speed spinning creates some heat, which can break down nutrients. High. This process produces no heat, thus maintaining more of the ingredients’ nutrients.
Ability To Process Leafy Greens? Less efficient. Far less of the juice is able to be extracted from greens. Quite efficient. Great for fans of green juice.
Ability To Process Nuts? No Yes — great for making your favorite almond or cashew milks
Noise Level As loud as a blender Very, very quiet (you can hear the television while you’re juicing)
Speed No advantage — the two juicers, run side by side, juice at the same speed No advantage
Pulp Some A lot
Price Lower Higher

The gist:

Buy a centrifugal juicer if:
— You use the juice mostly for cooking, baking or other processes where heat will eventually be applied
— You’re not picky about getting maximum nutrients
— You’re trying to save cash

Buy a slow press juicer if:
— You’re into cleansing, making nut milks and green juices, and you like fresh juice
— You want to pack the most nutrients into your body as possible
— You don’t mind spending a few extra bucks

Happy juicing!

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