The juicing has begun! In contrast to the ease with which we decided on Rishi Tea for our supplier and focused in on which varietals and botanicals to feature on our menu, the road to our first juice had many twists and turns. After much online research and many trips to juice bars in Seattle, New Hampshire, and everywhere in between, we zeroed in on the industry favorite juicer, the Nutrifaster N450. With an equal eye on our budget and the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” we began looking for a gently used juicer. How amazing is the internet for this type of endeavor?
We found our beauty in Florida, used lightly in a yogurt shop for a couple years, and now looking for a new home as a result of a re-focusing of the owner’s business. It felt like both mine and Brian’s birthdays combined (times ten!) the day the juicer arrived. We literally jumped around like little kids, ready to tear apart the box and make our inaugural juice pronto. Unfortunately, when we unpacked our juicer, we had a few concerns about the wear on a couple key components. The seller was very apologetic and agreed to pay for the replacement parts from Nutrifaster based, ironically, in our former home town of Seattle. It just so happened that we were going to be in Seattle for a couple weeks, and a plan was hatched for us to pick up the parts in person.
It ended up being a real treat to visit the birthplace of our juicer. One of the Nutrifaster reps, Adam, took us up to the floor where the juicers are manufactured, and we saw a row of brand new juicers lined up like cars about to drive off the assembly line. When we got back to Asheville, Brian put his genius mechanical skills to excellent use and, with minimal swearing, restored our Nutrifatser to better than new. I say better than new because I can’t help but believe that the attention, elbow grease, and love that he put into replacing those parts will serve the juicer in many, many years to come of happy juicing.