In 2000, when someone referred to a “coffee pot,” you knew they meant the container holding some freshly roasted brew. However, in 10 years “coffee pot” will more likely be associated with weed-infused cappuccinos. In some parts of the country, that’s already a reality.
Fast Company recently wrote about the “Wake and Bake” revolution taking over America. No surprise, the first two cities being over taken by the caffeinated stoners are Los Angeles and Seattle.
Compelling & Rich is a Los Angeles coffee retailer that recently added a brew with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans. The resulting drink smells like “high-grade marijuana,” which is good because no one wants to wake up to the smell of some stank weed. They do so by exposing their beans to various vapors to create the desired aroma. Kian Abedini, Compelling and & Rich’s owner and roastmaster, told LA Weekly, “I’m essentially hot-boxing the roast room.”
Since marijuana is only legal in California for medicinal purposes, the actual coffee does not contain any THC and cannot actually get you high on anything other than life. That’s not the case, however, in Washington, where coffee shops are free to do whatever the heck they want when it comes to putting herbs in their products. Fairwinds Manufacturing, for example, sells Cannabis Infused Coffee in pods so consumers can just pop it into their Keurig machine whenever they need a little energy boost (or perhaps a boost of another kind). James Hull from Fairwinds told Fast Company that it’s pretty difficult to create a good tasting coffee using cannabis oil and it requires a lot of work prior to adding it to the beans, which is part of the reason they sell their Cannabis Infused Coffee for $10 per pod.
Anyone who’s ever been to Los Angeles knows on every block there’s a weed store and a coffee shop. Soon, businesses will be able to house both under one roof, which will probably be great since stoners aren’t renowned for their desire to travel long distances.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He does not drink coffee. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.