This marijuana-infused coffee pod company makes K-Cup-style coffee with a kick

Brewbudz launches marijuana-infused coffee pods for the Keurig. Brewbudz A startup out of San Diego, California, has made it easy to add a little extra lift to your morning with marijuana-infused coffee pods.

This week, Brewbudz debuted a line of coffees and teas spiked with marijuana flower and encased in single-serve, fully compostable containers. Each pod costs about $7 and is available at select dispensaries in Nevada.

The idea is simple: Sink a pod into your Keurig or Keurig 2.0 brewer, drink, and enjoy a caffeine jolt that comes with a buzz.

Kevin Love, director of product for Brewbudz parent company Cannabiniers, said the company wanted to crack the marijuana edibles market with a low-calorie product that uses a socially accepted delivery mechanism. When they read the stats on coffee consumption, Cannabiniers (whose name combines “cannabinoids” — chemical compounds found in marijuana — and “pioneers”) knew they found a match. Nearly two-thirds of Americans drink coffee every day.

Cannabiniers didn’t come up with the concept. A K-Cup-styled marijuana coffee product first debuted in Colorado in 2015. Earlier this year, marijuana startup Somatik teamed up with a San Francisco coffee roaster to create a $12 weed-infused cold brew.

What sets Brewbudz apart from its competitors is its packaging. The pods are made from bio-based mesh, skins of roasted coffee beans, and other organic materials. When disposed of correctly, the pod breaks down in as little as five weeks, according to the website. By comparison, Keurig generates billions of pieces of plastics every year.

Brewbudz retail for about $7 per pod, depending on their potency, and are sold in packs of three. Brewbudz

The pods come in regular and decaf coffee and tea varieties, and are available in a range of doses from 10 milligrams to 50 milligrams of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana that gets users high). It’s a high threshold for a product geared for recreational users, who typically have lower tolerances than medical users. If a 10-milligram cup is the rough equivalent of a shot of espresso and a glass of wine, then a 50-milligram cup would be all that and a Four Loko.

Love told Business Insider that the company hopes to launch a micro-dosed product for recreational users, as well as a large variety of infused marijuana strains, in the future.

Brewbudz are not licensed by Keurig, nor are they officially called K-cups. Keurig did not immediately respond to comment, and Love doesn’t expect to hear from the company.

“We have an eco-positive product, an eco-negative,” Love said. “What are they going to say to us?”

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Now comes Catapult, an infused coffee that comes conveniently packaged in Keurig-styled K-Cups handy for single-serve brews.

The coffee’s maker, Fairwinds Manufacturing, describes the blend as “a premium series of cannabis-infused coffee beans that feature local Northwest coffee roasters whom supply premium, freshly roasted coffee beans from coffee regions throughout the world.”

“They’ve been a hit,” Tedd Wetherbee, owner The Gallery pot shop in Tacoma, said of Fairwinds’ cannabis-infused coffee products. “People enjoy the novelty of it. As this market grows, people are looking for more and more products and more and more ways to enjoy their marijuana. Washington and coffee, Seattle and coffee go hand in hand, and the Fairwinds people came up with this idea that makes a lot of sense.”

Wetherbee said the Fairwinds infused coffees are the first and only coffee product he’s sold since opening — though he also carries a line of infused teas “so your normal evening chamomile tea will now come along with 10 milligrams of THC to come along with it.”

When the infused coffees were first added to The Gallery’s shelves, customers looked at them as a novelty item, Wetherbee said.

“Then as people gave it a try, more and more are being sold,” he added. “Is it our most popular edible? No, the brownies and truffles and all manners of cookies here are still more popular.”

The Gallery isn’t the only Washington shop enjoying the newfound variety in their edibles selection.

“I liken it to a Red Bull and vodka,” Jennifer Lanzador, sales manager at Seattle-based Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, told Yahoo of the Fairwinds products. “I had more energy, but I still had the relaxation you get from cannabis.”
One last warning for the early adopters: “Note our pods will not work with pod machines that require electronic pod ID such as the Keurig 2.0.”Fairwinds boasts of the cannabis coffee experience on its website: “Marrying two complex plant products (coffee beans and cannabis) provides a tremendous and enjoyable experience to the consumer.” But they also warn against overconsumption: “This is no ordinary ‘cup of Joe’.”

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Finally, everyone can stop eating and smoking marijuana like savages. A new (compostable!) marijuana single-serving coffee pod called Brewbudz is available in Nevada dispensaries starting today, and it works with regular Keurig machines. Each pod costs $7, about as much as a cheap glass of wine.

“Brewbudz offers various dosage options to fit every lifestyle,” the producer, Cannabiniers, said in a press release. The pods are filled with weed-infused coffee, cocoa, or tea in 10-milligram, 25-milligram, and 50-milligram doses of tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC, aka the chemical that gets you high. The company claims that uplifting sativa-dominant varieties will be used in the caffeinated pods, while relaxing indica-heavy ones will be used in decaf.

For context, a serving of THC under Colorado law is 10 milligrams. “Some inexperienced consumers and people with smaller body types have found 10 milligrams to be too powerful, so those using it for the first time should strongly consider starting with 5 milligrams,” according to consumeresponsibly.org, a consumer education site by the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project. Symptoms of overconsumption include “an increase in heart rate, dryness of the mouth, and/or feelings of paranoia or anxiety,” according to Consume Responsibly.

In defense of Brewbudz’s potency, a spokesperson said, “There are edibles in the market that offer 500 to 1,000 milligrams of THC. …The 10-milligram product is a good starting point for a new user/the occasional user whereas the higher dosing strengths are intended more for the medical user/frequent recreational user.”

Despite a patchwork of legal cannabis access, and the potential that the federal government could crack down on the growing industry, Cannabiniers sees a huge market for marijuana coffee pods, as “Americans consume over 600 million cups of coffee daily” and “there are limited product offerings available in the cannabis industry to meet this demand.”

After rolling out in Nevada, Brewbudz also plans to launch in Colorado and California.

Weed coffee pods are a thing — here’s when you can buy them

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Prepare to kick your caffeine buzz up a notch because a coffee-related blessing just came in the form of these weed coffee pods from BrewBudz. Just like CVS’ cold and flu k-cups, Eater reports that these cannabis coffee pods are also Keurig compatible, so it’s time to get to brewin’, people.

But as always, we have to remind potential pod purchasers that they’ll only be available through weed dispensaries in Nevada, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona, because as you know, marijuana legalization advocates are still fighting the good fight, so legal access to bud brew remains limited.

Now that we have that bad news out of the way, let’s get to the deets. The pods are a combination of coffee and cannabis flower and there are also regular and decaf options. If the thought of guzzling coffee turns your stomach, BrewBudz didn’t forget about ya: There’s even a line of hot cocoa and various tea flavors, including black, chamomile and green.

The BrewBudz cups are gonna cost ya ($7 a pop!), however they are made from recycled coffee beans so we’re hesitant to scoff at the price. Besides, all this talk of brewing and buds has put us in an instant zen mood, where we will try our best to remain until BrewBudz products hit shelves in 2017.

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Brewbudz, a line of cannabis-infused singlecup pods in development for over a year, has finally landed in marijuana dispensaries. Unfortunately for wake-and-bakers in Colorado, all of those dispensaries are in Nevada – but not for long.

The edibles brand debuted in Nevada today during that state’s first fortnight of recreational sales, but according to one of the company’s directors, Brewbudz is in the process of securing a manufacturer in Colorado and should be in dispensaries here a few months after. Will it be worth the wait?

Cannabis-infused coffee is nothing new, and neither are cannabis coffee pods. But Brewbudz believes its infusion process and sustainable packaging set it apart from other drink makers. Instead of infusing its coffees, teas and cocoas with THC and CBD concentrates, which lose cannabinoids and terpenes during extraction, Brewbudz is infusing its K-cups with flower.

“We changed the barrier properties in cannabis, so as the compound is running through your system, it’s not breaking down until it reaches your liver,” says Kevin Love, strategic accounts director at Cannabiniers, the parent company of Brewbudz. “Most drugs have bioavailability, or how much your body actually receives versus how much you eat. Most edibles are at 5 percent because of how your body absorbs them, but Brewbudz is closer to 40 or 50 percent.”

Part of the compostable packaging is made from coffee beans. Courtesy of Brewbudz

The high won’t be as intense because the Brewbudz pods are infused with flower instead of concentrated THC or CBD, but Love says that’s what the company wanted. “This is more functional and medicating. It’s more or less like a 1-to-1 THC-to-CBD ratio. It doesn’t have all the effect, and it’s a lot less scary,” he explains, which is exactly why his team chose morning drinks as the consumption method.

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“Weed chocolate bars account for almost 3 percent of the total purchase market in Colorado,” he says. “And an average American eats two candy bars every eight days. That’s 24 billion servings a year. Annualizing all the coffee Americans drink came out to over 200 billion servings.” The K-cups are available with coffee, tea or cocoa, in 10-, 25- and 50-milligram servings of THC.

And consumers can brew their infused morning drinks with peace of mind, knowing that this product won’t be filling landfills. The pod and outer box are 100 percent compostable and can break down in weeks, according to Brewbudz, leaving no toxic residue.

Love says Cannabiniers is currently negotiating a manufacturing deal with the Bronnor Corporation, a Colorado-based marijuana-infused product producer and distributor with a 25,000-foot production facility that opened in 2016. Once an agreement is made, he expects to see Brewbudz on Colorado dispensary shelves within sixty days.

After Brewbudz finds its way into the morning routines of Coloradans and other consumers, Cannabiniers plans to release a line of the same infused coffee for more traditional coffee-makers, including drip machines and French presses.

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Cannabis Infused Coffee For Your Keurig Machine – BrewBudz Is Here

06:23 Kurt: Of course he’s British.

06:24 JP: Teas to the United States. And we sat down with him, as far as what were the most popular blends that they have, but also looking for flavor, looking for premium teas that people will enjoy. Something that’s different than your standard green tea, black tea, chamomile tea. So that’s where we’ve got the Garden Of Eden, a black tea that’s got flower petals and fruit which is a very… It’s a fruity, light, black tea. Our Sweet Dreams, which is a chamomile tea with eucalyptus in it, and a little bit of spearmint, so that will be infused with the Indica for your evening, let’s relax before we go to bed.

07:13 JP: The tea we feel at nighttime, especially for sleep disorders, with an Indica will be fabulous for us. And then the black teas with the Sativa infusions for the morning, a little pick-me-up, let’s get this day going.

07:27 Kurt: Gotcha. Well who can show me, let’s take a look at some pods or kinda how it’s gonna look. Do we have any samples that we can look at? I know they are not in manufacturing yet. It’ll be starting next week but the lab is set up, the machines are here. Who wants to walk through? Maybe show me what’s going on, on some pods here, so people know what we’re talking of.

07:43 JP: Let’s show how we fill them, and…

07:47 Kurt: Alright.

07:48 CM: Okay. So we’ll have a homogeneous blend of our based product…

07:57 JP: Woops.

07:57 Kurt: That’s why we go live.

08:01 Kurt: And that’s it right there, we’re looking at…

08:02 CM: This machine measures it out for us.

08:04 Kurt: Wow, let’s take a look, let’s have… And this is currently just coffee so the viewers know we are not… That is not cannabis based so if you’re looking for something it’s not there yet, next week. And it’ll be done by hand. And these will be filled.

08:25 S?: Right.

08:26 JP: Well, the deal is we’ll have a series of trays full, we’ll fill the trays, and at this point, yes, it is by hand. We’re working on technologies to mechanize this further, and I’m gonna get more automated. And then from the fill, we filled also with the cannabis product, it will go to the sealing equipment.

08:44 Kurt: Alright, where’s the next step, what’s the next step?

08:46 JP: That’s right behind us here. That’s the…

08:48 Kurt: Mr. Burrow, I see you with your hot chocolate question, hold on one second, wait ’til you see what’s coming… So we’re going in, this is how it will look. These will be mixed with… What kind of strains are you looking to use in your first batches of coffee?

09:04 BH: The first one, the Sativa, we are doing…

09:07 S?: Tangerine Dream.

09:08 JP: Is Tangerine Dream.

09:09 Kurt: That was Tangerine Dream, yep.

09:11 JP: Which is a Sativa dominant strain, and in the Indica it is the Fire Kush?

09:19 S?: We have Fire OG.

09:20 JP: Fire OGs.

09:21 Kurt: Fire OG. So how many coffees on day one will you be able to… Someone could buy?

09:26 JP: We’ll be starting with two coffees, a caffeinated with Sativa, a decaf with an Indica, and two teas, the black tea and the herbal tea that we mentioned earlier.

09:39 Kurt: Gotcha. So we’re in here, we fill them up and…

09:41 JP: They fill them up. They’ll put them in here six at a time.

09:44 Kurt: Okay.

09:44 JP: This machine has to be fired up for a full run to make it worth while. And then it goes in, gets sealed.

09:53 Kurt: Sealed up. As you can see the tops are right there, ready to go.

09:57 JP: Yep. They get seals on, it cuts the top, and then it will drop it down where they’ll be taken to the next step, which is the FloWrap.

10:05 Kurt: Gotcha. So they come out here, down at the bottom…

10:07 JP: Correct.

10:07 Kurt: And then they’ll go into a FloWrap box. We did have someone ask about it and I’m gonna show it ’cause I know it’s over here already. I did my due diligence, but as you can see coming in the future, when we said, when will these be ready?

10:19 JP: The coffee and tea will be out in the next two weeks here in Nevada in the dispensaries. California and Colorado will follow. That’ll be in the next 60 to 90 days.

10:33 Kurt: Alright, I have Bobby L Moore saying, “How about a high CBD tea?”

10:36 JP: A high CBD, a CBD only, and one-one are in the process, we expect those to be launched in the next 60 days.

10:43 Kurt: There you go, Bobby, next 60 days. “Blue Dream?” from Travis. Anything coming out with the Blue Dream?

10:49 JP: Today, it is not in our plans, but in the future we are working on this much more. The unique thing about coffees, teas and the strains of cannabis is each one has its own aroma and its own flavor. So we’re working to do combinations, mixes where the cannabis now becomes added for the flavor. So it complements the flavors of the coffees and teas, and it’s an integral component of the flavor and not just what it has inside of it. So in there we see more, possibly Blue Dream and other strains we will be using.

11:24 Kurt: Well, Bobby says thank you, and he’ll be a big fan of Tangerine Dream, 2010 Cannabis Cup winner, he’d like to point out. So there you go, there you go.

11:32 CM: And ____ a lot of other beverages and other products out there we are maintaining our terpenes, and you will get the full flower effect.

11:39 Kurt: Okay, so we have full terpenes. Can you explain a little bit how you’re… Is there a tricky way to do that you’ve discovered that you can reveal? Or, how is that done to keep the full terpenes through decarboxylation and everything else?

11:52 CM: Well, we just have a good understanding of how all of the cannabinoids work, how the terpenes work, and we’ll monitor them as we move through our process, so that we’re gonna be able to maintain them and keep them in…

12:05 Kurt: Alright. Javier Guerrero asks, can you order online in the future? I live in the south where legalization is not coming soon?

12:12 JP: That’s a ways away. We’d love to be able to offer that, but realistically with the Federal Regulations that will not be happening for a while.

12:20 Kurt: Okay.

12:21 JP: All that will be done on a state by state basis just as the industry is right now.

12:24 BH: Yep. Call your representatives, tell them what you want.

12:26 Kurt: Alright. So if so someone wanted to ask you a question or get more information where should they go?

12:31 JP: The easiest is send an email to [email protected]

12:38 Kurt: Okay, [email protected] Well…

12:42 JP: Or go to our webpage www.brewbudz.us.

12:46 Kurt: Alright. So John Marx would like to ask, “Can you order CBD only when it’s ready?”

12:50 JP: When it’s ready, yes, we will have them, we will sell…

12:52 Kurt: Alright, coffee and a tea, right? CBD only?

12:54 JP: Yeah. Coffee, teas, and correct.

12:56 Kurt: “We need this in Portland, Oregon. I haven’t found any good coffee out here.” Anything in Oregon?

13:01 JP: Oregon we’ll be coming… Oregon, Washington will be launched after California and Colorado, yes.

13:08 Kurt: “Michigan, can I get it?”

13:09 JP: Michigan is on our radar. We don’t have the date as of yet. We’ll follow Washington, Oregon with Arizona and then we will look at our next group of states that we’re gonna do, but yes, we wish, we plan to be in 18 states in the next 18 months.

13:24 Kurt: What about cold brew? If someone like myself prefers ice coffee, is it as simple on the science and taste side of just, “Hey, let it cool down and add ice”, or is there plans for an ice coffee line?

13:36 JP: There’s plans, yes, for cold brew coffee, cold brew teas, and no, it’s not just as simple as putting ice into it. What you can do for an ice, but for cold brew, it’s a cold brew, it has to steep for at least 12 to 18 hours.

13:50 Kurt: And Bobby would like to ask another question, “Colorado?”

13:55 JP: Colorado and California are right after Nevada, we hope to be there in 30, or excuse me 60 to 90 days.

14:01 Kurt: And our hot chocolate fan would like to say, “Canadians drink coffee too, we want this.”

14:07 Kurt: So if we have any Canadian plans, obviously, with the legalization next year, but crossing the US borders I assume will still be a problem ’til we change.

14:17 JP: Yes. Canada is something that we’ll have to talk about in the future. At this point, we don’t have any detail on them.

14:24 Kurt: And Blair Cox is throwing a Hail Mary saying, “Florida, I’m guessing that’s gonna be down the road.”

14:29 JP: Florida is definitely on our radar. Also later this year we’ll have more details on that. Obviously, part of that will depend on what goes on with the Florida legislature and giving laws ____.

14:39 Kurt: Hi Julie, you asked about Oregon. We just covered that. We’ll have a replay of it. They are, Colorado and Oregon are very soon, and again, it is Brewbudz and we’ll show you a little bit of the products that’s ready. They will be starting actual cannabis-infused next week, actually filling the cups with cannabis. So keep an eye out. Any information you need we’ll put the website address up over this video in the final version, and I’d like to thank you guys for joining us today at Cannabis.net to find out a little bit more about cannabis-infused coffee.

15:13 JP: Alright. And thanks for joining us. Thanks for coming by and we’re very excited about this because this is just the first step of many more products that are fully natural ____ flower based and we see this being something that’ll be very popular, and high quality where people can enjoy it to their ritualistic habits. Their morning coffees and teas and their cannabis.

15:38 Kurt: Oh quick, last two. “South Africa?”, and “Will there be bags of coffee?”, that they could buy a bag?

15:43 JP: South Africa, ooh, that one I can’t answer…

15:47 Kurt: That’s down the road. Yep.

15:49 JP: Brew blends will be following shortly also, which will be individually packaged coffees and teas that you can use in your pour over, your French press, your tea ball or whatever your favorite brewing method is.

16:00 Kurt: Excellent. Thank you very much. Hey, thanks for everyone that joined us. Great questions. And keep an eye out and once they start adding more states, we’ll give the updates on cannabis.net as well. Alright. Thank you guys.

16:11 JP: Thank you.

16:11 S?: Thank you.

You Can Now Buy Cannabis-Infused Coffee Pods

From weed-infused wine to marijuana-laced lube, people have been finding all sorts of ways to reap the benefits of cannabis without lighting up. Next up? Brewbudz, a small start-up in San Diego, created the world’s first weed-infused Keurig-compatible pods, allowing you to add the herb to your coffee, tea, and cocoa.

The products are already available in Nevada and will soon hit store shelves in Colorado and California. They’re 100 percent compostable, cost $7 a pop, and “offer various dosage options to fit every lifestyle,” according to the brand’s press release. Each pod, whether coffee, tea, or cocoa, can be purchased in 10-, 25-, and 50-milligram doses of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s high.

You can choose between sativa cannabis for a “pickup” or indica for a more relaxed vibe, according to the brand. (Related: New Yoga Class Has Yogis Get High Before Posing)

Weed education group Consume Responsibly suggests a 5-milligram dose for those who don’t smoke regularly. Since the pods don’t have a 5-milligram option, you definitely want to sip slowly if you decide to give these a try. It can also take “as long as two hours to experience the effects,” according to Brewbudz, so save the chugging for your next Starbucks order, K?

Of course, it’s important to note that there are still some potential downsides to consuming cannabis. While it’s an effective way to manage pain, experts still don’t know how the drug affects your long-term health. For instance, researchers believe marijuana could increase your risk for mental health problems and can have a negative effect on your workout performance.

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