Having travelled to her parents beautiful home island of Jamaica for the first time as a child, Dawn, The Cane Press founder, was introduced to sugarcane.
It was not an unfamiliar sight to see local street vendors and their hatchet like knives theatrically peeling tall stalks of cane and “chopping it up” in front of customers before being presented with a clear bag filled with several yellow/white glistening stalks. Back at her grandparents home in downtown Kingston, Dawn would sit on the veranda chewing on the sugarcane to release the sweet sap leaving just the fibrous remains to be disposed of.
Through her continued travels as an air stewardess to other regions of the Caribbean and parts of Latin America, Dawn realised chewing cane and drinking cane juice under the sweltering tropical sun was a daily ritual among the locals. Not to mention just how refreshing it was poured over ice, with a squeeze of lime. Delicious!
Happy to make this part of her daily routine whilst travelling and after much jaw ache from chomping down on the solid stalks of cane, Dawn questioned how she could bring this taste of the tropics back to the UK with her.
Once back in the UK, and after destroying the blades on two very expensive juicers in an attempt to recreate her own version of cane juice, it was soon realised that a more robust, heavy duty machine would be needed to do the job.
And as simple as that The Cane Press' first cane juicing machine was sourced and bought within weeks. That's when all the juicing fun really began!