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Boca Raton Swami Juice Delivers Cold-Pressed Juice To Your Door

When was the last time you had a fresh, cold-pressed juice? That's right: When you actually had the time (and money) to cut, clean and prep all that natural, organic produce, whip out that expensive Norwalk juicer (we wish!), then patiently wait while as it macerates and drains all that fresh juice. Lunch at Starbucks, instead? Yeah, that's what we thought -- it's been awhile.

But what if you could order up a day's worth of juicing -- or better yet -- have it delivered to your door, any time you feel like it? That's basically the deal offered up by Swami Juice in Boca Raton. The small, start-up juicing company is all about grass-roots values, neatly packaged into 16-ounce glass bottles filled with nutrient-dense juices produced by a hydraulic cold press that extracts the highest yield of vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the fruits and vegetables.

"It was important that these juices not only taste good, but -- more importantly -- be good for you," Swami Juice co-founder Kelly Koleos told Clean Plate Charlie during a recent interview. "[Before starting Swami], I had juiced, but I never really liked the way any of them tasted. These, I could literally chug."

Today, it's hard to believe the Swami mission "to make customers aware of what the body and mind need for nourishment to run at optimal levels, and what you stand to gain from doing so," began just one year ago when Koleos and life partner Stephen "Jak" Jakobot began juicing. Both South Florida yoga instructors, the couple decided to start Swami Juice not long after. However, several months after founding Swami, Jakobot lost his life in a fatal car accident, leaving Koleos to carry on alone. Today, Swami Juice is now a four-woman project, including Koleos' mother, sister and new business partner, Jacquelyn Katz, a fellow yoga teacher, holistic health counselor and owner of Red Carrot Wellness in Fort Lauderdale.

The collaboration has proved fruitful; in the past several months the Swami Juice line has gone from five original recipes to more than 10 juices priced at $10 for a 16-ounce bottle ($5 for 8-ounces). The ever-growing Swami menu currently includes Jakobot and Koleos' signature juices like the "Sunscreen," made with carrot, orange, apple, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. They also offer several "green" drinks dubbed "The Bush Doctor," "Yo Greens," "Swami-ade," and a new, all-vegetable "Zeus Juice" that features bok choy, fennel, kale, Romaine lettuce and turmeric. Swami has also become well-known for its 1 to 5-day juice cleanses, priced $65 to $325. And, unlike many cold-pressed bottled juices that add too much fruit to appeal to the masses, the high-vegetable content of each Swami recipe has made them popular for local patrons battling illness through nutrition.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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