Tried & tested: Coldpress juices
With the rise and fall of the Nutribullet (we’ve decided juicing is good for you, if you keep it mostly green and remember to eat some roughage too), juice has burst back into public consciousness – and the latest trend is cold-pressing.
For the uninitiated, it’s the century-old process of grinding vegetables and fruits, then crushing out every last drop of nectar with a high pressure processing machine. It doesn’t use heat, so fantastic flavours are supposedly retained where pasteurised juices lose out. So how do we know if it’s not just another fad? There was only one way to find out.
Kindly sent a range of juices and smoothies from Coldpress, we trialled them around 11am and 3pm. Reaching for some juice certainly felt healthier than giving in to a square of chocolate or bag of popcorn – but we’re aware of the dangers of drinking too much juice in the quest to be healthy, only to take in more natural sugar than is good for you. That in mind, we stuck to the bottle’s serving guidelines.
The Pink Lady Apple juice was crisp and zingy, Apple and Peach light and refreshing. The vegetable juices felt particularly virtuous, and had a surprising kick – Pumpkin Power (made with pineapple, apple, lemon, pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger) was a gorgeous burnt orange colour, the flavour spicy and comforting – it tastes like you’re doing your body some real good. Mean Greens was surprisingly pleasant given the pond green colouring, packed full of antioxidant-rich green veg naturally sweetened with pears and pineapple.
The smoothies are wonderfully creamy, ideal to keep in the fridge for an afternoon treat (remember to shake before drinking). We tried Coconut, Pineapple and Banana, drinking a large bottle over a few days – and can confirm it stopped us from digging out the last Easter eggs hiding under the desk.
Everything we sampled was super tasty, and the facts make you feel good too – according to Coldpress, their juices contain 50% more antioxidants than pasteurised juice brands. The taste alone is enough to convert us, but that certainly sweetened the deal – that and the fact grabbing one on the go is a hell of a lot quicker than blending the contents of our fridge into oblivion. At £2 (small) or £2.79 (large), it’s around the same price too.