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.
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.
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.