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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Juice

By Bec Cuzzillo - 2 March 2015 10

I quite enjoy a good fresh juice. When I’m out for weekend breakfast with my mates, I’m always the indulgent one that orders a coffee and a juice. This week I put the word out to RiotACT readers for the best juice in Canberra. 

Votes came in for a few of the markets around town – there were some enthusiastic suggestions for the orange juice stand at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston, as well as votes for the juice vendors at the Capital Region Farmers Markets every Saturday and the Hall Markets on the first Sunday of every month. The cold pressed juices from Local Press Cafe on the Kingston Foreshore also got a mention, but this week the Taste Off finalists were Penny University and The Fix.

Penny University is a cute little cafe in Kingston that serves up good food and chill vibes. They have an extensive drinks list which always includes a few juice options. This weekend they had two special juices on the menu and both were delicious and almost too pretty to drink. The mixed berry, pear and lemon was a pretty pink colour and came sprinkled with edible flowers on top. The other was pineapple, orange and ginger, garnished with a pineapple leaf and deliciously zesty in flavour. They were the perfect juice accompaniment to a late weekend brunch.

Penny University

The Fix is a local Canberra company specialising in cold pressed juices. I’m a big fan of supporting local business and the Fix make it easy with their delicious range of juice. Made up of mostly vegetables, their juices are all about health without compromising on taste. I’ve tried all the juices in the current summer range before, but this week I went for Glow and Energise. Glow, made from valencia oranges, carrots, lime, turmeric and ginger, is sweet, bitter and a little bit spicy all at the same time. Energise is a rockmelon, beetroot, cucumber and zucchini juice. It has a good earthy beetroot flavour offset by the rockmelon sweetness.

The Fix juices are available online and from various shops and cafes around town. They have also just opened a shopfront in Fyshwick, which is definitely worth a visit for any of my fellow juice lovers.

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This week’s decision wasn’t easy – Penny University and The Fix are both very good, but very different. What constitutes the best really depends on what you are looking for in a juice. If you want a quality juice with your breakfast, then Penny University is your friend. But when it comes down to the juice alone, The Fix has got to be this week’s Taste Off winner. 

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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Juice
bluestocking 9:22 am 17 Oct 16

Dame Canberra said :

Love Penny University. It’s the only place I know of in Canberra that sells amazing cronuts and also makes a mean green smoothie (they cancel each other out, right??).

I concur. Spot on.

Leonard 6:23 am 04 Mar 15
rubaiyat 9:13 am 03 Mar 15

Cold Pressed or cyclonically processed all you are left with is the sugary juices.

The natural fibre, and all it contains, which is the main point of eating fruit and veg is discarded.

So in the pursuit of “healthy”, more like the “it sounds like”, does the exact opposite of what is in fact healthy.

Not for the first time in the crazy fad diet world. A mostly, but not exclusively, female misapprehension.

This what you eat nonsense is nearly all American. They have on the whole a really bad diet and are always looking for the magic bullet that will fix what’s broke without them stopping doing what is the real cause of their problems. A visitor from England noted this strange obsession about fad diets way back in the Victorian era, when enemas and all the snake oil remedies and Dr Kellog’s cereal diets came about. Even Coke and Pepsi started as “tonics”. As efficacious as processed fruit juices.

Alexandra Craig 8:16 am 03 Mar 15

rubaiyat said :

Of course you make food REALLY healthy by passing it through a machine, taking all the fibre out, so only the sugary liquid is left to make it almost like a really expensive Coke in a cup, but with lots of feel good instead.

Who has the teeth, time, or the energy these days to chew?

I think you’ll find that the juices mentioned above are cold-pressed. Meaning that all the nutrients remain, unlike commercial juices.

rubaiyat 5:26 pm 02 Mar 15

Of course you make food REALLY healthy by passing it through a machine, taking all the fibre out, so only the sugary liquid is left to make it almost like a really expensive Coke in a cup, but with lots of feel good instead.

Who has the teeth, time, or the energy these days to chew?

Dame Canberra 5:08 pm 02 Mar 15

Love Penny University. It’s the only place I know of in Canberra that sells amazing cronuts and also makes a mean green smoothie (they cancel each other out, right??).

Alexandra Craig 11:25 am 02 Mar 15

Ezy said :

Amy Birchall said :

Alexandra Craig said :

Is The Fix the place that has a shop front in Manuka, a few doors up from Public Bar? I stuck my head in there once and walked back out upon discovering a bottle of juice was about $9.

That one’s Pressed Juices, which is unrelated to The Fix, I think.

Correct – Pressed Juices is a franchise Australia wide where as The Fix is a Canberra company who sources their produce locally. Their juices are also seasonal.

Thanks! I wasn’t sure what brand it was – had only seen it in Manuka too so assumed it was a Canberra company. Calling it now – I don’t think that store will last. It’s always empty and at $9 a pop I think it will remain empty. I’ll have to check out The Fix in Fyshwick! 🙂

Ezy 9:46 am 02 Mar 15

Amy Birchall said :

Alexandra Craig said :

Is The Fix the place that has a shop front in Manuka, a few doors up from Public Bar? I stuck my head in there once and walked back out upon discovering a bottle of juice was about $9.

That one’s Pressed Juices, which is unrelated to The Fix, I think.

Correct – Pressed Juices is a franchise Australia wide where as The Fix is a Canberra company who sources their produce locally. Their juices are also seasonal.

Amy Birchall 9:31 am 02 Mar 15

Alexandra Craig said :

Is The Fix the place that has a shop front in Manuka, a few doors up from Public Bar? I stuck my head in there once and walked back out upon discovering a bottle of juice was about $9.

That one’s Pressed Juices, which is unrelated to The Fix, I think.

Alexandra Craig 9:16 am 02 Mar 15

Is The Fix the place that has a shop front in Manuka, a few doors up from Public Bar? I stuck my head in there once and walked back out upon discovering a bottle of juice was about $9.

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