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Squeeze the most out of life at Ignite Juice Bar

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10 TO GO: There are 10 varieties of juice drinks served as grab-and-go, not made to order at Ignite Juice Bar. The preparation is cold-press, which differs from centrifugal extraction juicers. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Squeeze the most out of life at Ignite Juice Bar

SQUEEZE THE GOODNESS: The extraction process of choice at Ignite Juice Bar is cold-press, which differs from the centrifugal extraction method. Demand for the new products is so high that a shift comes in after closing hours, from 7 p.m.-midnight, specifically for juice extraction. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Jeff Saavedra is on to something. And he is on to something big if the demand he's seeing is any indication. 

Riding the wave of cold-press juice popularity that is sweeping North America, he opened the first ever location to offer the beverage, along with nutrition-packed eats, on Guam.

The industry is projected to be valued at more that $300 million by 2024 according to Persistence Market Research.

“It’s something new on island. That is why we call it Ignite, we want to start something new, want to offer something new. Something that is refreshing and healthy,” said Saavedra.

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STARTING OFF: Jaynie Ortiola processes some oranges for the nonstop cold press juicing process of Ignite Juice Bar. Even though the juice bar closes at 7 p.m., a shift comes in from 7-midnight just for juice extraction. At the moment, the business can't keep up with demand, usually selling out of the grab and go products by 9 a.m. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

He and his team press about 60 pounds of produce daily to make 160 16-ounce bottles of juice using a custom-made cold press juicer.

“It uses 4,000 pounds of hydraulic force and can extract 90-percent of the juice,” he said.

A cold press juicer is key he said. The more common centrifuge juicer (like most at home varieties) uses heat, which kill precious vitamins and minerals.

Ten delicious blends are for sale in glass bottles. 


The “Sweet Green of Mine” combines kale, spinach, apple and pineapple for a heart-healthy beverage with sweet and tangy taste. Or enjoy the benefit of beets, which some studies have shown lower blood pressure, with the “Sweet Beetz,” a blend of beets, apple and orange. Feeling sluggish? Try the “Immuno” made with lemon, apple, carrot and celery.

Squeeze the most out of life at Ignite Juice Bar

LEAFY GREENS: Kale, spinach and mint provide the green in the Green Mojito Smoothie ($8), with banana, mango, pineapple, coconut water, lime and a little agave syrup soon to follow. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Only have time for quick shot of antioxidants? Ignite has you covered with their 2-ounce “Wellness shots.” The “Recovery” shot made with activated charcoal, lemon, ginger, and coconut water may be just what you need to get back on the road to wellness.

For those who are ready to take their juice consumption to the next level, Ignite offers a Cleanse Program: six 16-ounce juices and two wellness shots for $50 a day.

Squeeze the most out of life at Ignite Juice Bar

BERRY GOOD: The Berry Original starts with the acai base, then it's topped with granola, bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes, chia seeds and honey. There are three acai bowls on the Ignite Juice Bar menu, all listed for $12. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Smoothies chock full of fresh fruit are so filling they could serve as a complete breakfast or liquid lunch.

The “Strawberry Shortcake” with banana, strawberry, vanilla extract, cashews, protein powder, almond milk and agave syrup tastes like a dessert but without the guilt. Pay homage to an island lifestyle with the “Let’s Get Tropical” a fruity, sweet-but-not-too-sweet blend of mango, pineapple, agave nectar and coconut milk.

In line with the all-natural, no-gimmicks-here approach at Ignite, all food items on the menu are completely plant-based

Dig into a “Berry Original” Acai bowl, a base of frozen bananas, acai, strawberries, dates and orange juice topped with generous helping of granola, strawberries, coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey. The “Berry Vanilla” smoothie bowl has a slightly more sedate flavor profile with a banana, strawberry blueberry, chia seeds, vanilla, protein powder and almond milk blend garnished with granola, sliced banana, coconut flakes and goji berries.

Squeeze the most out of life at Ignite Juice Bar

NOT YOUR TYPICAL TOAST: Two items are available on the Toast section of the Ignite Juice Bar menu, including this Peanut Butter and Banana Toast ($7) that also includes strawberries, chia seeds, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Millennial friendly, increasingly popular, avocado toast is also on the menu. Ignite nails the trend with by blending adding lemon, red onion, hemp seeds, dill, olive oil, and pepper to the super food and serving it atop a slice of toasted 7-grain bread.

Got your little ones in tow? Order them a peanut butter and banana toast made with fresh strawberries and chia seeds, honey and cinnamon.

Squeeze the most out of life at Ignite Juice Bar

AVOCADO DELIGHT: Who knew that a simple avocado toast could be a big hit and a top seller? The Ignite Juice Bar offers the Avocado, Dill and Seeds Toast ($7) on 7-grain bread with avocado, lemon, red onion, hemp seeds, dill, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“That is our best seller for the kids,” said Saavendra.

Snacks can be ordered to-go or enjoyed in the modern and sleek dining space complete with device charging stations.

Saavendra, a former body builder said he wants to share his love of nutrition with the island and bring health options closer to home.

“It makes a huge difference when you take care of yourself, especially your diet,” he said.

Squeeze the most of life and the one body you have with the help of Ignite Juice Bar.


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