This marijuana-infused coffee pod company makes K-Cup-style coffee with a kick
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.
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, [Keurig has] an eco-negative,” Love said. “What are they going to say to us?”
Brewbudz makes Keurig-style marijuana coffee pods that the company claims are better for the environment than K-Cups.
Brewbudz Cannabis Coffee K-Cups
We’ve been experimenting using our Keurig to make things other than your average coffee for years. Our Keurig Whiskey and Keurig Beer experiments were definitely not things we’d recommend anyone else try themselves, but if you’re looking to add some cannabis coffee to your morning routine, you’re in luck. San Diego-based and natural flower-based extraction pioneer Cannabiniers just released Brewbudz, “the world’s first Flower-Based-Edible delivered in a patented 100% compostable single-brew pod.” Available in West Coast Roast, Decadent Dark Chocolate and also some tea options (Black, Green and Herbal), each Brewbudz K-Cup comes in 10mg, 25mg, and 50mg varities so you can get just the right amount of THC in your morning, afternoon or evening beverages–without the smell of traditional consumption methods. Even better, each Brewbudz pod is made from compostable materials like the skin of roasted coffee beans (Chaff) and is compatible with both Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers. Unfortunately, Brewbudz are only available at dispensaries in Nevada, but there are plans to expand to Colorado, California and other states in the near future.
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We've been experimenting using our Keurig to make things other than your average coffee for years. Our Keurig Whiskey and Keurig Beer experiments were