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I got my birthday present four weeks early this year.
A Coway Juicepresso juicer.
Up until now I’ve been using a Champion Juicer that I bought several years ago, and although it makes awesome ice-cream out of frozen bananas, it’s not ideal for making juice.
I’ve been lusting after a Juicepresso for at least six months, after seeing it in action. And so I declared it was what I wanted for my birthday, and then discovered them on sale, so Paul bought me one straight away.
And he was the one who said there was no point in it sitting around unused for four weeks, I swear.
So I had a bit of a juicing frenzy the first night it came home, just to take it for a spin. I juiced cucumber and orange, carrots, peaches, grapes, and basically anything I had lying around.
And now I’m totally in love with it, and here’s why.
1. The juice comes out cool
The Juicepresso is truly the slowest juicer in the world. At only 40 rpm (rotations per minute), it really focuses on squeezing the produce, rather than spinning it. Most of the other top cold-press juicers spin at least twice as fast (80 rpm, which is still pretty slow), and the Champion whirls at an amazing 40 times faster, at 1725 rpm.
As a result, my Champion kept producing warm juice, which is not ideal for preserving maximum nutrients, and the only way to keep it cool was to feed ice-cubes through the juicer now and then. With the Juicepresso, the juice comes out at pretty much the same temperature as the fruit & vegies going in.
2. There’s no sharp bits
Ever since I gashed open my thumb with a dog food tin on my 22nd birthday, I’ve been a bit wary around sharp things. And I love the fact that there’s nothing sharp on any of the parts in the Juicepresso.
The black auger that cuts and presses the food just uses a pointed plastic edge – great for cutting off chunks of carrot, completely harmless to fingers.
The auger for the Champion is covered in tiny sharp cutting blades, that I have to handle gingerly so as to not stab myself with them.
3. It’s nice and quiet
As a raw-food enthusiast, I love using my Vitamix, but most of the time it can sound a bit like a jet engine taking off, so I’ve got used to wearing ear-muffs when I use it. And the same goes for my Champion. It’s not quite as loud as the Vitamix, but it’s still quite noisy and I really don’t want to listen to it grinding away.
Enter the Juicepresso. It’s not silent by any means, but it’s quiet enough that I don’t need my earmuffs, and I really like that.
4. Big muscles not required
The Juicepresso is a vertical juicer, which means that it uses gravity to pull the food into the auger. Most of the horizontal juicers, including the Champion, require that you use a pusher to keep the food moving through, which can take a fair amount of upper arm strength sometimes, especially if something gets stuck.
I like to think that my upper arms are actually reasonably strong, but many times I’ve ended up on a stool using my body weight to keep things moving in the Champion, and last week I even had a sore shoulder for the rest of the day after making my morning juice. Now maybe I was doing it wrong, but it still wasn’t any fun.
I love the suggestion from John Kohler that you should just throw your pusher away entirely with a vertical juicer – if you need it, you’re doing it wrong. That’s my kind of juicer.
(Note: I haven’t thrown my pusher away, but I have filed it away at the back of the cupboard.)
It’s also nowhere near as heavy as the Champion (6kg vs 11kg), so I don’t need Paul’s help any more to lift my juicer in and out of the cupboard.
5. There’s almost no froth
The juice from the Juicepresso comes out almost entirely frothless, depending on what you’re juicing. This means there’s less air getting into the juice, which should mean it can last longer in the fridge – up to 24 hours according to some websites. Basically, the more air that gets into your juice, the faster it degrades, and froth is a measure of how much air is in the juice.
By contrast, the Champion produced a hearty layer of froth on my juices, which along with the warmth of the juice, means that the nutrients would not be lasting nearly as long.
Besides, bubbles are a waste of perfectly good juice.
6. It doesn’t make a mess
My philosophy is – make as little mess as possible along the way, so there’s less to clean up afterwards. And my Champion was the opposite of this, which didn’t sit well with me.
If I don’t set things up “just so” – paper towel in just the right spot, the right size bowl to catch the pulp, the jug in just the right spot – I end up with juice spatter and pulp leakage all over me and the kitchen bench. Grrrrr.
The mess in the Juicepresso is pretty much self-contained. it doesn’t spatter pulp or juice, and the grubby parts lift off the base entirely, ready to go straight to the sink for cleaning, leaving the base perfectly clean (provided you remember to insert the pulp plug, that is).
And although the juice can splash out the jug a little sometimes, it’s headed in the wrong direction to go very far.
7. It’s saves me bench space
Being a vertical juicer, the footprint of the Juicepresso is much smaller than the horizontal design of the Champion. This means that it takes up heaps less space on my kitchen bench.
So much less, in fact, that I’m planning on leaving the Juicepresso out on the bench, next my Vitamix blender and my Magimix food processor, so I don’t even have to lift it in and out of the cupboard either.
Ready-to-use, anytime. Win-win.
8. It’s easy to assemble
Everything slots together really easily in the Juicepresso, and it’s almost impossible to get it wrong or backwards. It comes apart just as easily. This means you have to be careful to make sure it stays properly assembled during juicing, but unless you bump it, there’s no reason for this to happen, and there are clear markings to show “open” and “closed”.
Now, the Champion is also pretty easy, but there’s a wrong way and right way, and sometimes I just find it all too damn hard and fiddly.
9. There’s less vibration
My Champion developed a nasty vibration, which the nice folks who sold me the machine assured me was perfectly normal, and suggested that I place a cloth under it to dampen the noise, which worked well.
Unfortunately, the vibration from the motor also meant that my precisely set up jug would wobble its way out of position during juicing, resulting in wasted juice and more mess. I fixed it by adding a rubber heat protector mat under the jug, but it still wasn’t ideal.
Nothing moves with the Juicepresso – everything stays where you put it. One less thing to keep an eye on.
10. It’s easy to clean
There’s no getting around it – if you use a juicer, there will always be stuff to clean. But the Juicepresso just seems easier to clean than the Champion. Partly because there’s no sharp bits (see reason #2), and partly because it makes less mess (see reason #6), it just seems faster.
I have had some trouble getting the pulp out of the pulp-ejection slot, but that’s just a question of technique, and I’m getting the hang of it already. Nothing compared to trying to extract celery strings from the sharp blades on the Champion’s auger.
11. It’s a peaceful experience
The Juicepresso is a slow juicer. The way to get the best results is to go slowly. In fact, it forces you to slow down, so much so that juicing is almost like a meditation. Put some food in, wait a bit, put some more food in, wait again. Ahhhhh.
There’s almost nothing I can get wrong, except going too fast. With the Champion, you can go too fast and you can go too slow, and I always feel like I’m under pressure when I’m using it, but not with the Juicepresso.
I even left out the pulp plug today on the Juicepresso, and although it wasn’t ideal, and I don’t plan to do it again, all that happened was that I got some extra pulp in my juice, which I was going to strain anyway. No big deal.
I’m a happy juicer
Juicing has become so much more fun, thanks to my Juicepresso.
It’s quieter, smaller, lighter, safer, cleaner, simpler and less stressful. And it makes better quality juice.
What an awesome birthday present.
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