You may have seen Khoran Horn at Urban Yoga Philly a few weeks back, or maybe at DIG Yoga in Queen Village earlier this month. You may have even tried his juices (lucky you!).
The 31-year-old foodie/entrepreneur, who lives in Fishtown, has been quietly popping up around town lately, slinging his new line of cold-pressed juices at various fitness events and studios in an effort to get the word out about his brand, Stripp’d Cold-Pressed Juice. So, obviously, I needed to know more about it.
His philosophy is simple: "Food should be treated well and taste good," he says. "You should be able to eat healthy food and do it without sacrificing your palate." Taste is key for Horn, who double-majored in culinary arts and business in college and who worked in the restaurant industry after graduation. He started Stripp'd late last year and left his job two months ago to pursue it full-time.
He says his juices are different from many others out there for two reasons: First, he uses a cold-press juicer, which uses hydraulic-powered metal plates to crush and press the produce to extract the juice. Unlike motor-powered juicers, which use blades to tear produce apart and generate heat, the cold-press process is, well, cold—the thought being that juices made via cold-press are closer to their natural, raw form, thereby retaining more nutrients, while the heat introduced by regular juicers strips out some of the good stuff. (Read more about cold press vs. centrifugal juicers here.)
Secondly, Horn's products come in reusable glass bottles. Customers can buy a bottle of juice and return the empty container at their next purchase for a dollar off. "Glass is nonporous which allows our product to be consumed as intended—no BPA, no chemicals. It helps environment and keeps prices lower for our customers," he says.
In the next several months, Horn hopes to open a brick-and-mortar cafe to sell his juices, as well as wholesale at other locations around the city; agreements for the latter are in the works with DIG Yoga, Shot Tower Coffee, Elixr Coffee and United By Blue. Horn is looking at spaces in Center City and Fishtown for his cafe, which will also serve food.
Until then, you can order juice through his website—go here to look at the menu and here to order—and he'll deliver it to you anywhere in the city. You'll also be able to find him at pop-ups in the next few weeks: on August 31st at Pizzeria Beddia, as part of the Philly Style Bagels pop-up, starting at 9 a.m., and on September 6th at the grand opening of Grace & Glory Yoga's new South Kensington studio.
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