Why I became a juicer in 2019 (not the Julian Edelman kind)

A disclaimer before reading this review: juice cleanses are not for everyone. As someone who has had my own challenges with what is and is not on my plate, I am not advocating that a cleanse is good, bad, or a meal replacement. The following review is focused on the juice company rather than the cleanse experience. Before attempting any change to your own consumption, it is always best to first consult your physician.

At the end of 2018, a few coworkers and I agreed to do a three-day juice cleanse at the start of the year to see what it was all about. I was interested because while I generally eat relatively clean, my habits for sugar and snacking out of boredom often go hand-in-hand.

We selected Pressed Juicery because of a deal they offered in January and its store proximity. Not only did we survive our first-time cleanse, but we also walked away as ongoing customers of the membership program.

Pressed Juicery was founded in 2010 by Hayden Slater after he embarked on a 30-day juice cleanse in Southeast Asia. He set out to make juice more accessible, to taste great, and be less intimidating, creating the membership program that persists today. Beyond juices, the menu also offers wellness shots, specialized waters, and freezes. With over 60 locations in the United States and touting national delivery, Pressed Juicery achieves a rating of 🥟🍜🥢🥡:

  • Quality 🥟 as far as juices go, Pressed Juicery has an array of flavors, based with greens, roots (think carrots), citrus, and more of a milkshake consistency (typically almond milk). They use hydraulic presses to extract the juice and recommend for freshness that juices are consumed within a three-day period. The cleanse incorporated flavors across the board, and I liked that there were clear sugar content indicators to help guide you. My favorites were most in the Greens family, and I always looked forward to the morning Vanilla Almond blend.     

  • Pricing 🍜 the membership program offers the most competitive pricing I’ve seen for cold pressed juices. Your minimum commitment is $10 a month, meaning you have that amount to spend across any of their products, and the credit doesn’t expire. It continues to accrue each following month. For a casual juicer, a one-time purchase is $8/bottle and $5/shot; thus, the member pricing of $5/bottle and $2/shots seems like a steal. On top of special pricing, ongoing promotional deals have been arriving in my inbox on a weekly basis, often offering free juices or bringing the prices down a few more bucks.

  • Customers 🥢 considering there are a growing number of my office mates who now regularly send around Pressed Juicery coupons and go on “juice walks”, I’d say this category is well fulfilled. The retail stores display all the inventory in refrigerators, which you can request samples from.  

  • Deliver 🥡 Pressed Juicery is located primarily in eight areas of the United States but offers local and nationwide shipping. While I am lucky to have one within walking distance, their partnership with Postmates and Doordash ease the process of lugging around bottles. For the cleanse, I was able to get free delivery on my order, which arrived surprisingly quick (under 30 minutes from request). One of my cleanse friends had an issue with their evening delivery, and Pressed Juicery was able to resolve it within a few hours the next morning.

minor meddling: what could be better

  • Transparency 🍚 I couldn’t find how or where Pressed Juicery sources the ingredients for their juices. The site lists that all their juices are processed in a facility in California, but I was unable to determine how they nationally distribute their products.

  • Good Karma 🥠 I don’t like that there is only a plastic bottle option for Pressed Juicery products. While I spent 2018 trying to reduce the amount of plastic bottles I aimlessly threw away (albeit recycled), the worst part of the cleanse was going through 18 plastic bottles alone. San Francisco-based Juice Shop uses glass bottles, and while their pricing is nearly 2x the price of Pressed Juicery’s member costs, customers are encouraged to return their finished bottles for $2 refunds on their next purchase. I reached out to Pressed Juicery to learn more about plans to make their containers more environmentally friendly, and they were kind enough to admit they are looking into it but don’t have definite plans yet.

  • UX: this isn’t a regular Medlare category, but I find the membership experience of adding funds to my account clunky. There isn’t an app, and although you can add your membership card to your iPhone wallet, you have to go through a website browser and login to your account in order to add funds (locations near me are app purchases only). The indicators that your funds have been added are on a bit of a lag as well, so I have at times added funds twice.