Laura Harker on where to find the best cold-pressed juices in Berlin…
One of the best – and perhaps cutest – things about Berlin is how the city regularly puts itself in the same league as other Western metropolises like London, Paris and New York, yet is so often a year or two behind those cities in terms of sub-cultural trends.
Take Street Food, which was almost passé in many other cities by the time it kicked off here properly in 2013, and the same lag has occurred with parallel trends like boutique burgers and craft beer – and with cold-pressed juices too.
True, local places like Goodies and Nothaft Seidel Café and Café Vux have been knocking out delicious traditional juices and smoothies for a while, but the cold-pressed theme – embraced by Sydney, San Francisco, New York, London and Cape Town for a couple of years now – is just getting started here.
So what is all the fuss about? Well it’s mainly down to how the greens are pulverised. During the traditional juicing process, the blades of a masticating juicer heat the juice, speeding up oxidisation, reducing the nutrient content of the product and sometimes creating an inferior taste.
The cold-press process avoids heat and friction so that none of the healthy nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes are lost; the fruit and vegetables are literally ‘squeezed’ by a high-pressure hydraulic press ensuring none of the goodness from the juice goes to waste. And because it’s just the juice that’s left over – all the pulp gets thrown away – your body can absorb all the good stuff much faster.
“The juice situation in Germany is nowhere near as powerful as it is in the United States,” admits Wild.Kräuter founder Florian Köstlin. “But it is great to see that awareness is growing here about the huge difference between the over-sugared, industrially produced fruit juices sold at supermarkets and other shops, and the healthy, organic whole-meal fruit-juices you can now get from small manufacturers like us.”
Hardcore cold-pressed juice folk tend to use their local juice bars to get stuck into daily or weekly ‘cleanses’ based on the idea that drinking juices instead of eating meals helps rid the system of toxins. There’s no hard science behind such theories, but plenty of anecdotal evidence supports purported benefits like increased energy and mental clarity.
Like all such trends, this one also requires some financial investment. The average price of a 500ml juice or smoothie is around €5, which is a lot in a city where a 500ml beer from your local Späti can cost as little as 80c. But it’s often argued that cold-pressed juices actually offer better value for money over traditional ones since more juice is extracted per ounce.
If you want to save money long-term, you could always invest in a cold-press juicer, which will set you back around €250. But it’s probably better to check out a sample from one of the places below first to see if it’s for you…
All the natural wood and leafy plants spilling out of metal pots in Liquid Garden make it feel like you’ve wandered into a fancy allotment shed; an impression backed up by the freshness of the fruit and vegetables that go into the juices here.
Owner Nils Bernau originally saw the ‘juice health’ trend turn into a lifestyle while he was living in London. He puts Berlin’s growing juicing trend down to people’s increased awareness of the food industry and their desire to know exactly where their food is coming from.
Nils takes great care to assemble his smoothies like a meal in a restaurant; his creations include a juice made from beetroot, carrot, red apple, plum, ginger and sage. Rather than throw the pulp away, he uses it to make a vegan and gluten-free bread which he serves as part of his ‘Power Stullen’ – sandwiches with energy packed fillings.
Try: the Kickstarter – a blend of orange, lemon, green apple, celery, cabbage, ginger, parsley, avocado, wheat grass and chilli.
Stargarderstraße 72, 10437 Berlin Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 10am-6pm Sun noon-6pm
Located just off bustling Rosenthaler Platz, Daluma’s colourful salads and fresh soups have grown popular with the local start-up scene as well as passing tourists seeking a healthy pick-me-up. The café’s white walls, pale wood and large, windows underline the purity of the smoothies and juices the owners serve up.
Although the venue is fairly new, founders David J. Kugler, Lukas Bossart and Marian Cocis spent two years figuring out how to give the best quality products without making any sacrifices that would compromise their natural products. Says David: “We wanted to be free of ideologies and express our open approach through products for the whole day that taste as good as they are for your body.”
Try: the Burn Baby Burn (Beetroot, Guave, Orange, Acerola and Green Coffee) for a metabolism boost.
Weinsbergweg 3, 10119 Berlin 030 209 50255, Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Sat-Sun 10am-7pm
The inspiration is in the name: all the wild herbs used in the juices and smoothies made by wild.kräuter – yarrow, dandelion, nettle, sorrel, buckhorn plantain and goose grass – are sourced from Berlin’s surrounding countryside. Based out in the picturesque Uckermark area of Brandenburg, the team blend these local herbs with pear, avocado, cucumber, mangold, wheat grass, mint, lemon, mulberry and many other delicious flavours.
Though sold in a few outlets through the city – Wonderpots Store near S-Bahn station Friedrichstraße for example – the company operate a rather handy delivery service via their online shop. (Delivery within central Berlin is free on orders over €20).
Try: the Minzovado – blend of pear, avocado, cucumber, chard, wild herbs, wheat grass, mint, mulberry and lemon
After returning to Germany from a period of time spent in the States, sisters Cindy and Nancy Bachmann opened LA Cold Press when they realised just how much they missed California’s juicing culture.
Using ingredients that are organic and sourced from the local region, the pair plan to open a Berlin very soon, though in the meantime you can find their wares at outlets such as The Barn, LIV Feinkost and Markthalle IX’s Breakfast Market – or order the juices online and get them delivered to your door.
Try: the Chocolate Milk – a blend of almonds, cashews, filtered water, maca, raw cacao and sea salt.
Funk You founder Susanne Dimas is a strict believer in the ‘you are what you eat’ philosophy. After making her name at a small Friedrichshain café a couple of years ago – as well as occasional appearances at Markthalle IX’s Breakfast Market and in pop-up shops around the city – she took her store to the Bikini Berlin Mall in City West last November.
As well as serving raw smoothies, you can also pick up tasty vegan and organic cakes made with super-foods like spirulina, hemp seeds and maca root, as well as healthy sandwiches and wraps.
Try: something from the superfood smoothie menu, like the Red Dragon – a blend of apple, strawberry and goji.
Budapesterstraße 42-50, 10787 Berlin 01578 1901 620 Open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm Sun noon-8pm
Regular visitors to Neukölln’s Sing Blackbird vintage store will know about Daily Dose juices. Having stocked them since 2011, you can these days also get juice cleanses – immune-boosting packs that can last from 1 to 5 days. It’s best to call ahead as their supplies are limited, or contact Daily Dose directly through their website to order.
Try: The Grapefruit – a blend of grapefruit, carrot, lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper.
Sanderstraße 11, 12047 Berlin 030 548 450 51, Open daily 1pm-7pm
bJuice’s interior is as pure as its juices. The ultra-modern decor is minimal and white, adding to the bar’s cutting edge vibe. The only colour is provided from the vibrant bottles of juices that fill a couple of large fridges along the large back wall. The central counter is clinical in style – but outweighed by the staff’s friendly welcome – and one of the many parts which add up to one extremely health conscious and contemporary juice bar.
Try: bRadiant – A mix of pineapple, apple, cucumber and mint.
Kollwitz Straße 51, 10405 Berlin; 030 4005 3400; Mon-Fri 10am-8pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun noon-5pm