As of May 24, Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters in Olde Town Arvada are serving up a different kind of coffee — one in which the beans are infused with Cannabidiol — more commonly known as CBD oil.
“I’m super excited,” said A.J. Payne, general manager of Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters in Arvada. “I think it’s going to be really cool.”
In the first couple hours after officially introducing the product in the shop, Hunter Bay baristas sold 10 drinks.
At the shop, the CBD coffee will be sold in espresso drinks including lattes, mochas and Americanos. Each shot of espresso packs about 15 milligrams of CBD oil.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in Hemp. It started receiving national attention a couple years ago for its anecdotally reported pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsant qualities.
The process of infusing coffee beans with the CBD oil is unique and stems from a partnership with SteepFuze, a Boulder-based company.
Through trials of the drink at his shop, Payne has heard customers talk about the stronger focus the combination of caffeine and CBD gives them in addition to some calming effects.
“Most people start their morning off with a cup of coffee and it’s the caffeine keeps them coming back,” Payne said. “It helps them wake up and energizes them. However, to some people it really gives them jitters. The CBD takes that away and also takes the stomach ache away.”
As the produce progresses, Hunter Bay plans to sell the infused beans in bags with light, medium, dark and decaf options. Bags will be available at the Olde Town Arvada shop within the next month.
Although there is no “high” associated with this drink, and it shouldn’t set off any drug tests, Payne has decided to only sell it to customers 18 and older.