Pressed Juicery - SF Ferry Bldg, who's tried it?
- hhc May 13, 2013 12:24 AM
Anyone try out Pressed Juicery in SF Ferry Bldg - supposedly located at the produce market across from Golden Gate Meats? They have a location also in Noe Valley & in Larkspur, plus others in Southern Calif.
I've been to the Noe location; they often give out free samples, so I've tried most of them. It tastes decent for that sort of juice, if that's what you're into. If you're not inclined to drink juices made from kale and spinach and the like, their product probably won't change your mind, but they do manage to make it a lot more palatable. (They also have fruity juices.) It's not cheap, though: a small bottle that looks like 12 ounces is $6.50.
Personally, I think if you're doing it for nutritional reasons, you're better off getting a smoothie, as you lose a lot of the nutrients in juicing -- according to the guy behind the counter, all the potassium from kale and spinach is lost in the juicing process, whereas you'd still get it from a smoothie.
Comes from the dude behind the counter! I asked him this after reading the nutritional information on the side of the bottle, which was a lot less than one would expect, as well as zero potassium. The explanation given to me by another person was not that it is lost, exactly, but rather that the juicing process does not extract it, since all the solid matter is left behind in the juicer. With a smoothie, everything thrown in the blender becomes part of the drink.
Yeah I'd be really into these juices if it gave me all my vitamins and such in a single bottle, even at $6.50, even with gnarly vegetable juice flavor. But according to the nutritional information on the side of the bottle, you're getting a lot less than if you just ate a few leaves of kale.
I tried PJ when they first opened in Noe. They say that they are mostly organic, but avoided making a claim that they are completely organic. (This was a while ago, so they might've changed.)
On the occasions I have juice, I prefer Sidewalk Juice. They make it fresh and use organic produce. I like it as a palate cleanser after a fat-laden meal (not as a cleanse). A juice is made with a large amount of produce. If I'm consuming that much in one drink, then I like the assurance that I'm not inadvertently getting a concentrated dose of chemicals.
There is a similar place called Project: Juice that is set up inside a cafe called The Station at Pacific and Kearny. The juice tastes pretty good. I think they pasteurize under pressure which is how they preserve the juice without significantly affecting the taste.
To me, there is nothing appealing about the plastic pre-bottled juices at Pressed Juicery.
Note that Pressed Juicery's kiosk in the Ferry Building is across from Sur La Table, and there's a diffent juice bar at the back of the grocery, Farm Fresh to You, which is located near Golden Gate Meats.
There is a new juice vendor, Sow, at the Thursday Ferry Bld. Farmer's Market, and all of the fresh whole vegetables and fruit are on display before they are pressed to order.
Here is an article http://www.cuesa.org/article/new-thur... , which includes this descriptive quote:
“In coffee, if there’s one bad bean, it can mess up the flavor profile,” says Luisa. “It’s the same thing with juice. One bad kale leaf can screw up the entire drink.” Unlike mass-marketed brands that are pasteurized to withstand travel and a couple weeks on the shelf, Sow’s juice is pressed to order and best consumed within 24 hours, so freshness is key."