The raw juicing trend may have, at last, hit Columbus with two organic juice shops opening within a month of one another this year. But for the owners of Samba Fresh in Upper Arlington and Native Cold Pressed in the Short North, juicing is anything but a trend; it’s a lifestyle.
Samba’s exotic-flavored juices are inspired by owner Kitt Doss’ transformative experience as a high school exchange student in Brazil, where he experimented with fasting and adopted his “food is medicine” mentality. While anyone can walk into Samba and grab a juice (all 16-ouncers are $8), Doss’ business is largely built around short-term cleanse programs available for order and delivery via Samba’s e-shop.Native co-owners Erin Thacker and Nicole Salvo—both certified yoga instructors—made a pact to open Native two years ago at a yoga event. Thacker, who has a heart condition, is a believer in raw juicing over conventional medicine; Salvo, a world traveler, wanted to bring a healthy new option to Central Ohio. Their grab-and-go-style cafe offers glass-bottled 16-ouncers for $10, as well as smaller servings and two cleanse bundles.We caught up with the owners to put together a quick primer to determine which juices best match your palate.
If you like spicy … order Detox at Samba Fresh.
Ingredients: fennel, celery, cucumber, dandelion, arugula, mint, Granny Smith apple, lemon, ginger, habanero
“It has a kick—which makes it a great caffeine substitute,” Doss says. “The ginger and habanero work together to give you a boost of energy and fight mucus build-up.”
If you like sweet … order Sweet Beet at Native Cold Pressed.
Ingredients: beet, apple, lemon, ginger
“Your body absorbs beets really well,” Thacker says. “They have a natural sugar sweetness—and they can be potent. Try 8 ounces at once, keep it in the fridge and come back to it.”
If you like nutty … order Proteina Plus at Samba Fresh.
Ingredients: cashew, filtered water, cinnamon, maca, raw honey
“It tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” Doss says. “Instead of snacking late at night, I grab one of these. Or I’ll have half a bottle after working out.”
If you like earthy … order Cooling Herb at Native Cold Pressed.
Ingredients: fennel, mint, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple
“It’s subtle and gentle on the digestive track,” Thacker says. “The darker greens come through, yet it’s really light.”