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There’s no place like Hawaii to get your juice on. These islands have an abundance of sweet, tropical fruits to quench your thirst, and with the juice craze becoming ever more popular, there seems no better locale than Hawaii to get the good stuff. Lilikoi, guava, pineapple… it’s a juice lover’s haven out here! But a new type of juice has hit the markets. Cold pressed juice is all the rage these days, and if you’ve never heard of it, here’s a brief intro.
Most people who juice at home use a blending or grinding type of juicer. This tends to oxidize or degrade the fruit and vegetable, stripping it of many of its nutrients and enzymes. But pressed juice comes from a hydraulic press juicer that applies a tremendous amount of pressure to extract the nectar directly from the pulp (pressedjuices.com). And cold-pressed refers to the type of hydraulic press that doesn’t use heat from an external source. (Side note: most oils are cold-pressed too).
The outcome is the closest version to the raw, pure fruit or vegetable that you can get, but in a highly concentrated amount. It’s more than just a juice- it’s liquid vitamins and nutrients! An elixir, so to speak, that is packed with goodness! Many pressed juice companies boast anywhere from 2 to 10 pounds of fruits and vegetables in every jar of juice!
Hence their price tag.
Another factor that comes into play is that many pressed juice companies are now opting for organic products, especially in Hawaii where it’s hard to avoid the GMO strains. So you’re paying for pounds of fruits and veggies that are also organic and come perfectly pressed and served cold in a cute little bottle. Prices range anywhere from $10 for 16 ounces to as high as $12 for 12 ounces.
Now that you have a little background, here are a handful of Hawaii-based companies to juice in Hawaii; try cold pressed juice from during your stay in the Islands. I promise you won’t regret it.
Lanikai Juice. This place has been around since 1997 and has been creating fresh juice from organic local produce throughout Oahu. Now, they’re jumping onto the cold-pressed bandwagon too and will be offering a variety of juices for customers at their five locations. Check them out in Kailua, Kahala, Haleiwa, Hilton Hawaiian Village and now in Kaka‘ako!
This company is the most widespread juice company in Hawaii (aside from Jamba Juice) and has great prices too- actually the best prices. Once Lanikai Juices gets their cold-pressed stuff up and running, they’ll have introductory rates starting at $5 for a 16-ounce drink, but will most likely eventually settle at around $7. Their normal fresh squeezed juices run between $5 and $6 for 16 ounces and include concoctions like ‘Veggie Vaccine’ (beets, celery, carrots), ‘Ginger Aid’ (apple, lemon, ginger) and ‘Sunrise Chill’ (orange, apple, pineapple).
Impressed Juice Hawaii. Relatively new on the scene, Impressed Juice has four ‘locations’ around Oahu. They post up at three different farmers markets each week (Honolulu Farmers Market on Wednesday 4-7pm, Kailua Farmers Market on Thursdays 5-7:30pm and KCC Farmers Market on Saturdays 7-11am) and they also have a pop-up juice bar at Fort Street Mall in Honolulu, which is open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.
Owners Kale Furuya and Taleson Larrow have a very cool and knowledgeable background that led them to cold-pressed juices. Their motto is simple yet powerful, “From farm, to the bottle, to the people” and the company is part of a growing trend that strives to change people’s lives. Impressed Juice’s various concoctions are $9 for a 16-ounce plastic bottle and $10 in a mason jar. For every mason jar you bring back though, you get $1 deposit back. Win-win.
Kauai Juice Co. This cute and trendy juice spot has just announced good news- they’ll be expanding their small pick-up window shop in Kapaa to a larger shop next door, plus a new shop in Kilauea, beginning November 1st. Kauai Juice Co. creates cold-pressed, glass bottled, organic, locally-sourced juices and has quite the following now thanks to their awesome social media campaigning (@kauaijuiceco).
Juices range from $5 to $11 for 16 and 17 ounce bottles and $4 for a 2-ounce shot of goodness. Their flavors are a variety of catchy names including ‘The Selfie’ (Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Chard, Parsley, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar, Chili Pepper), ‘Blood Transfusion’ (Coconut Water, E3Live, Beet, Lemon), ‘Master Me’ (Alkaline h2o, Fermented Hawaiian Chili Peppers, Agave, Lemon, Essential Oils Of *Grapefruit *Tangerine *Lemon *Spearmint *Ocotea) and ‘Mintacolada’ (Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mint).
You can enjoy fresh, organic and delicious juices from a variety of places in Hawaii, since we’re lucky to have year round fruits and produce. While I’ve tried juice cleanses in the past, my new mantra is simply adding juice to my diet everyday. You can meal replace with these types of juices too because they’re hardy and packed with vitamins and nutrients, however I love to juice for supplemental purposes instead of cleansing. But it’s up to you! And after reading this, I’d say you’re off to a good start!
Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Sep 2, 2014