If you “follow the beet” in the Brooklyn neighborhood, you’ll see a big red beet sign at 1212-B S.E. Powell Boulevard, site of “Portland Juice Press, the Micro-Juicery”.

Two women entrepreneurs who enjoy fresh raw juice have launched a start-up business to make and deliver their favorite fruit and vegetable juice combos to the public.

Alyssa Kessler and Liz Nolan are old friends from Grant High School. “We both wanted to start up a place that would offer fresh-pressed raw juice ‘to go’, as a service to others,” explains Kessler.

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Liz Nolan and Alyssa Kessler have opened 'Portland Juice Press' the Micro-Juicery's in the Brooklyn neighborhood. “It’s a healthy option, and many folks don’t have the time or equipment to make their own. We deliver seven days a week in Portland and use local farmers’ produce whenever possible. We hope soon to offer juices on tap at our counter, or you can bring your own containers in to fill.”

Portland Juice Press offers a selection of favorite fruit and vegetable juices – such as wheat grass shots, apple-beet-carrot, blueberry-coconut water-kale, and sweet-potato-carrot-apple-cinnamon juice combos. The business offers juice packages and weekly juice subscriptions, as well as a juice-cleanse program for physical health. Juices are hydraulic-pressed on-site for superior quality, and are high in living nutrients and enzymes.

Sixteen-ounce bottles are advertised at $6.50 each, with continuously evolving flavors, depending on what’s in season. Some of the flavors are naturally sweet, others are spicy, and some have hints of fennel, ginger, and lemon. Nut milks, at $8 each, make a nice complement to seasonal nut butters.

The company pledges to have fresh juice delivered to your home or office by 8 am. Juices are made fresh daily, and are good for three days. “We make our juices fresh each day, and deliver them within 24 hours of pressing,” remarks Nolan.

The women also engage in green composting of their solid fruit and vegetable waste. “We have a local farmer who picks up our compost for his pigs and chickens,” says Kessler. The business does not accept fruit from walk-ins to be pressed, in order to maintain health standards for their own products.

However, folks who are interested in home-pressing their own juices can perhaps borrow the needed equipment from Kitchen Share, or The Warehouse, to try out their own juice combinations. Go online to: "" – phone 503/913-3367 – or just go in and try some samples in the on-site seating area.

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